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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
LEAD Engine
Release dates
Windows August 20, 2013
Metacritic 82
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person, First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Stealth
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Africa, Europe, Middle East, North America, South America
Series Splinter Cell
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Splinter Cell
Subseries of Tom Clancy
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

The game may be unable to launch when installed on a drive managed as a Storage Space on certain systems.
Online services shut down on October 1, 2022.[1]
The mobile app required to unlock some of the in-game upgrades is no longer available.
The game needs UPLAY to run although the in game servers were shutdown

General information

Port Report
Official forum
Splinter Cell Wiki
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition.
Ubisoft Store
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Included with Ubisoft+.
GamersGate (unavailable)
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Deluxe Edition.
All versions require Ubisoft Connect DRM.


DLC and expansion packs

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

Essential improvements


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

Skip intro videos

Delete or rename video files[2]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Go into <path-to-game>\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

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

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Ubisoft\Blacklist\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/235600/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect


In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See this page.
See this page.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples. (Broken in game, use driver setting instead)[3]
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
120+ FPS
High frame rates can cause undesired side effects.[4] The multiplayer mode is capped at 60 FPS. See also The game is stuck at 60 Hz.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


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

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


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 State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Negative Mouse Acceleration. Use RInput. (OR if it doesn't work try changing UseDIMouse=True found in [Init] section in Blacklist.ini file which is in ..\main game folder\src\system)
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
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game language settings.
In-game language settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and SFX only.
Surround sound
5.1 only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 Versus, Co-op
Online services shut down on October 1, 2022.[1]
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

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
Officially supported game.
Note: Game is on official list but profile is not yet confirmed to be 3D.

Issues fixed

Display Mode Resets to "Windowed Mode" Every Time

Edit "videoSettings.ini"
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini.
  3. Find and change "WindowStyleFinal=1" to "WindowStyleFinal=2" for Borderless mode or "WindowStyleFinal=0" for Exclusive fullscreen.
  4. Save the file.
Launch the game via Ubisoft Connect only to prevent Steam from restoring "WindowStyleFinal=1".

The game is stuck at 60 Hz

Edit videoSettings.ini[5]
  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

Turn off video settings[6]
  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.

Game crashes without message after 20-30min

Correct Eyefinity settings in config files[7]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoSettings.ini.
  3. Find and change EyefinityMode=2 to EyefinityMode=0.
Change DirectX version used for rendering to DX9[8]
Below are possible solutions to an error marked with offset 00422c5c (DX11) or 006be09c (DX9) in Windows Event Viewer.
Set firewall rules[9][10]
  1. Edit firewall rules.
  2. Make sure that following applications can access internet in your network:
Launch the game as administrator[11]
Open Ubisoft Connect and switch it to Offline mode[12]
This will prevent you from playing online.

Crashes instantly at start up

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 other players when purchased from different distribution platforms

Install patch[citation needed]
Ubisoft Connect/retail customers should install the latest patch from Ubisoft when attempting to play with Steam customers.
Patched out or doesn't occur in all cases.

Can't switch to DirectX 9 mode

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

Offline save games no longer working

  1. Locate the Ubisoft Connect installation folder, usually found within Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher.
  2. Open the savegames folder. Inside of it there should be a folder with the user's Ubisoft Connect account nickname hashed, it should be the only folder present unless multiple users have logged in on the same PC.
  3. Inside of it, sort the folders by date modified, and copy the most recent sc6_save.sav files from inside one of the folders (usually folder 91) to folder 449.
  4. Launch the game, the save game should be 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[14]

Cannot connect with a friend in lobby

Set firewall rules[15]

If you already played the game before, it can occur that prompt from Windows firewall to "allow access" to the game doesn't show up when the game is launched, while the game is still not added to the firewall exception list. In consequence, it will prevent the game from joining lobbies if the game is not added to firewall exceptions.

Disable all network adapters beside your internet connection[16]

Above solution can fix connection problems and also cause the system to show firewall "allow access" alert if you didn't set the firewall rule manually already.

Sometimes you may be forced to manually uninstall adapters like Hamachi or Radmin VPN, if they're constantly turning on their selves, even if they're closed.

High frame rate issues

The physics and logic of the game are linked to 60 FPS, so playing at high fps can cause problems.
Limit the Framerate to 60FPS[citation needed]

RAW input

Download RInput
  1. Create a shortcut to RInput.exe.
  2. Right-click the newly created shortcut, go to Properties, then add a space followed by "Blacklist_DX11_game.exe" without the quotation marks in the Target box (e.g. "...\RInput 1.44\RInput.exe" Blacklist_DX11_game.exe).
  3. Run Rinput through the shortcut before or during the game.
  4. Note that the executable name is case sensitive
Add "Blacklist_game.exe" instead of "Blacklist_DX11_game.exe" if the game runs in DirectX 9 mode.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c, 11
Shader Model support 3, 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio XAudio2 [17]
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Net-Z, Rendez-Vous, Ubisoft Connect


Chaos Theory Gameplay Tweak

A rebalance mod via ini files that changes some of the gameplay mechanics, to make it feel similar to older Splinter Cell games such as Chaos Theory, such as a nice challenging stealth tweak, suit tweaks, better stealth suit look for the maxed stealth suit, etc.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.53 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
ATI Radeon HD 3870
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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Decommissioning of online services for older Ubisoft games (October 2022 update) - last accessed on 2022-08-31
  2. Verified by User:SojerManLan on 2022-01-30
  4. Splinter Cell: Blacklist - Side effects of high frame rate
  5. [1]
  6. Splinter cell black list low fps and lag fix? | Forums
  7. Found possible crash fix - last accessed on 2020-09-29
  8. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-10-03
  9. ANOSMIA review - last accessed on 2020-10-03
  10. Game is crashing? Here is the crash fix! - last accessed on 2020-10-03
  11. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-10-03
    Also might reduce issues, but doesn't always solve them.
  12. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-10-03
  13. Blacklist save's gone PC - Ubisoft forums
  14. Uplay Offiline Mode - Starts the game from beginning - Ubisoft forums
  15. Verified by User:Deton24 on 2021-03-30
    Disabling other network adapters like Hamachi and Radmin VPN caused the OS to show firewall alert, which didn't happen immediately after game launch as normally supposed to. Previously I played the game on coop few years ago on the same system, and apparently the firewall rule for the game has had been deleted