Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist cover
Ubisoft Toronto
Unreal Engine 2.5
Release dates
Windows August 20, 2013
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
Splinter Cell 2003
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow 2004
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory 2005
Splinter Cell: Double Agent 2006
Splinter Cell: Conviction 2010
Splinter Cell: Blacklist 2013

Key points

PC version features high resolution textures, tessellation, high quality shadows and more PC-specific features.

General information

Port Report
Official website
Official forum
Splinter Cell Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series


All versions require Uplay.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
High Power Pack Included with Deluxe Edition.
Homeland Included with Deluxe Edition.

Essential improvements[edit]


Uplay should update the game by itself. If you have any problems patches links and changelogs can be found here

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro fix
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Go into data\Videos
  3. Rename or delete Copyright.bik, Disclaimer.bik, ESRB.bik, Logo_Clancy.bik, Logo_MiddleWare_01.bik, Logo_Ubisoft.bik, and Logo_Ubisoft_Clancy.bik.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Ubisoft\Blacklist\videoSettings.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Uplay-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\91 or 449

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use jackfuste's fix. Requires a cracked executable.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x TXAA (Nvidia only), FXAA, up to 4x MSAA and SSAA 2x2 Grid or 2x2 Rotated Grid.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS cap for multiplayer.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap, except in multiplayer. High frame rate can break some of the cutscenes.[1]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Edit exe with hex editor[2]
  1. Open Blacklist_game.exe with a hex editor like HxD.
  2. Search for DesiredFOV=75 and change its value to whatever you choose, then save your changes.

Disable bloom and blur[edit]

Modify videoSettings.ini file
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Ubisoft\Blacklist\videoSettings.ini
  2. Set the values of UseMotionBlur and UseBloom from 1 to 0.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
During Multiplayer: Negative Mouse Acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Can only toggle between 3 pre-set layouts (multiplayer only).
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game language settings.
In-game language settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and SFX only.
Surround sound
5.1 only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Traditional Chinese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 Versus, Co-op
Co-op: Fourth Echelon (4E) Missions only (2 players).

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 80, 443
UDP (outbound) 3658, 13000-13032

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D

Issues fixed[edit]

Crashes instantly at start up[edit]

  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Ubisoft\Blacklist\videoSettings.ini
  2. Change WindowStyleFinal=1 (fullscreen) to WindowStyleFinal=2 (for borderless windowed) or WindowStyleFinal=0 (for windowed).

Can't connect to multiplayer games[edit]

If your Uplay password includes special characters, change it to only include alphanumeric characters (letters and numbers only).
Try disabling all network adapters other than the primary network adapter, then do a full system restart and launch the game.

Can't connect to other players when purchased from different distribution platforms[edit]

Install patch
Uplay/retail customers should install the latest patch from Ubisoft when attempting to play with Steam customers.

Can't switch to DirectX 9 mode[edit]

  1. Set DirectX 9 in the video menus and shut down the game.
  2. Restart the Uplay client.
If you don't restart Uplay, it will launch the DirectX 11 executable again regardless of selected options.

Offline Save no longer working[edit]

  1. Locate the Ubisoft folder on your HDD, usually found within program files(x86)
  2. open the savegames folder, you'll find a folder with your uplay account nickname hashed, it should be the only folder inside the savegames folder unless you have logged in and played as more than one uplay user.
  3. C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\savegames\
  4. inside, sort the folders by date modified, copy the most recent ones from one of the folders(in most cases: folder "91") to folder "446"
  5. launch the game, you should find your save game intact and working. It's a good idea to make a small change, purchase, gear customization to check whether or not it was successful.
Start the game in online mode[4]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
Shader Model support 3, 5
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Net-Z, Rendez-Vous, Uplay

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 Vista SP2, 7 SP1, 8, 8.1
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.80 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.53 GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.00 GHz
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 2.66 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 4 support
DirectX 11 compatible
Shader model 5 support


  1. Splinter Cell: Blaclist speedrun at European Speedster Assemly 2014
  2. Splinter Cell: Blacklist FOV Fix found - Flawless Widescreen Forums
  3. Blacklist save's gone PC - Ubisoft forums
  4. Uplay Offiline Mode - Starts the game from beginning - Ubisoft forums