Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
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Ubisoft Toronto
Unreal Engine 2.5
Release dates
Windows August 20, 2013
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Key points

PC version features high resolution textures, tessellation, high quality shadows and more PC-specific features.
Ubisoft has removed the mobile app required to unlock some of the in-game upgrades.
Game cannot launch when installed on a drive managed as a Storage Space.

General information

Port Report
Official website
Official forum
Splinter Cell Wiki
Steam Community Discussions


All versions require Uplay DRM.

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[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Go into data\Videos
  3. Delete or rename Copyright.bik, Disclaimer.bik, ESRB.bik, Logo_Clancy_01.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\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/235600/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Uplay-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\91\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/235600/pfx/[Note 1]

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 WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
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
Multiplayer mode is capped at 60 FPS.
120+ FPS
High frame rate can break some of the cutscenes.[1]


Disable bloom[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini
  3. Change UseBloom=1 to UseBloom=0.

Motion blur[edit]

Disable motion blur[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini.
  3. Change UseMotionBlur=1 to UseMotionBlur=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
Separate sliders for 1st and 3rd person.
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
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

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 Sub 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 80, 443
UDP 3658, 13000-13032
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

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

Issues fixed[edit]

Display Mode Resets to "Windowed Mode" Every Time[edit]

Edit "videoSettings.ini" fix=
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini.
  3. Find and change "WindowStyleFinal=1" to "WindowStyleFinal=2" or "WindowStyleFinal=0".
  4. Save the file.
Launch the game via Uplay only to prevent Steam from restoring "WindowStyleFinal=1".

Stuck @ 60 Hz[edit]

Edit videoSettings.ini[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini.
  3. Find and change "MaxRefreshRate=60" to "MaxRefreshRate=(x)" where (x) stands for your refresh rate of choice.
  4. Save the file.

Bad performance or unstable frame rate[edit]

Turn off video settings[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini.
  3. Find and change Occlusion_Off=2 to Occlusion_Off=0.
  4. For additional performance improvements, find and change UseMotionBlur=1 to UseMotionBlur=0.
  5. To ensure the changes take effect without the game overwriting it, set the file to read-only.

Crashes instantly at start up[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini.
  3. Change WindowStyleFinal=1 (fullscreen) to WindowStyleFinal=2 (for borderless windowed) or WindowStyleFinal=0 (for windowed).

Can't connect to multiplayer games[edit]

Install an older version of Uplay[4][5]
A recent Uplay update made the game incompatible with the Ubisoft network.
  1. Uninstall Uplay. Uplay uninstaller allows you to remove the client while keeping your games.
  2. Download and install Uplay version Uplay must not be launched yet.
  3. Go to <Uplay-folder> and edit version.txt.
  4. Delete all its content and write 5757.
  5. Save and close.
Change your Uplay password[citation needed]
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[citation needed]
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]

Instructions[citation needed]
  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[7]

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
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.80 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.53 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 4 support


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/235600/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (235600) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.