Why is Michael Ironside no longer Sam Fisher?

Michael Ironside, the longtime voice of Splinter Cell‘s Sam Fisher, will not be reprising the role in next spring’s Blacklist. Why? For a very good and simple reason.

Ironside never had Fisher’s physique, and with the new game being motion captured, it just isn’t a fit. The video below explains all, with Ironside also essentially giving the new actor, Eric Johnson, his blessing.

Whether Blacklist has Ironside’s gravely voice or not, most probably agree that the game is looking nothing short of fantastic. Personally, it’s my surprise of the show so far.