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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow cover
Ubisoft Shanghai
Ubisoft Annecy
Russia Russobit-M
Unreal Engine 2
Release dates
Windows March 23, 2004
Metacritic 87
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person, First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Stealth
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Europe, Middle East, North 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


SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person and first-person action and stealth game in the Splinter Cell series.

The PC version does not contain some effects such as depth of field and rain that are present the Xbox version.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v3 DRM[Note 1]
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Some re-releases use a simple disc check.
Splinter Cell Ultimate Edition
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A faithful and higher quality icon is available on SteamGridDB.

Essential improvements


The latest official patch is v1.31, available from Ubisoft's patch repository and Patches-Scrolls.
Updated bonus maps are also available from Patches-Scrolls.

Skip intro videos

Run different executables[3]
  • Go to the game directory, and run pandora_tomorrow.exe to directly access the main menu.
  • To start singleplayer mode, go to <path-to-game>\offline\system, and run SplinterCell2.exe.
  • To start multiplayer mode, go to <path-to-game>\online\system, and run SplinterCell.exe or shadowstrike_static_retail.exe.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\offline\system[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\online\system[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\offline\Save[Note 2]


Video options menu.
Video options menu.

Widescreen resolution

Use ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix[3]
  1. Download the ZIP file here.
  2. Extract the offline folder to <path-to-game>.
  3. If using a resolution which has a width larger than 2892 pixels, change PostProcessFixedScale to 2892.[4]


FOV is automatically adjusted according to the resolution.
Removes stretched HUD and moves HUD elements to the edge of the screen.
Improves the night vision goggles' render resolution.
When running the game, a prompt message may request to download dgVoodoo 2 for fixing some rendering issues.

Field of view (FOV)

Edit SplinterCell2User.ini[5]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open SplinterCell2User.ini.
  3. Find [Engine.PlayerController] section.
  4. Adjust the following values (91.3154482287 is advised for 16:9 displays and 85.2812718522 for 16:10 ones):
  5. Save the changes.


Use either this or ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix, or the FOV will be too wide.
Custom FOV and Hor+ work only if applied before creating a new profile.


Edit SplinterCell2.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open SplinterCell2.ini.
  3. Find StartupFullscreen=True and change it to StartupFullscreen=False.
  4. Save the changes.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

Modify driver profile[citation needed]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Search and select the game profile.
  3. Set Antialiasing compatibility to 0x08000040.
  4. Set Antialiasing - Behavior Flags to None.
  5. Set Antialiasing - Mode to Override.
  6. Set Antialiasing - Setting to 8x Multisampling or the desired value.
  7. Set Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling to 8x Sparse Grid Supersampling (optional).
  8. Click Apply changes.


This works only for Nvidia GPUs.
Force MSAA using dgVoodoo 2[3]
  1. Install dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Open dgVoodooCpl.exe and click on the DirectX tab.
  3. Set Antialiasing(MSAA) to 2x, 4x or 8x.


When using ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix, dgVoodoo.conf overrides the global dgVoodoo 2 settings.
Delete or rename dgVoodoo.conf to use the global settings, or edit it directly when using dgVoodooCpl.exe.
Water will be rendered incorrectly in two places in Komodo Shipyard level.
Force SMAA using ReShade[3]
  1. Read the instructions below to properly setup dgVoodoo 2 for this game.
  2. Download the latest version of ReShade and run the Reshade Setup program.
  3. Click Select game, then select SplinterCell2.exe found in <path-to-game>\offline\system.
  4. Select Direct3D 10+ as the rendering API.
  5. Allow to download shaders/effects and choose either all of them or just SMAA.
  6. Run the game, press Shift+F2 to enter the settings menu, follow the tutorial to create a new profile and activate SMAA.
  7. In the Settings tab, under Usage Mode select Performance Mode.
  8. Click X in top right to exit the configuration menu.


If downloading shader archive fails, download the archive manually and extract it to <path-to-game>\offline\system. When in-game, in the ReShade settings add \reshade-shaders-master\Shaders to end of the Effect Search Paths, and \reshade-shaders-master\Textures to the end of Texture Search Paths field. Restart the game and continue from Step 6.
No water rendering issues.
Using the Night Vision Goggles causes a huge performance loss because ReShade tries to anti-alias the grain effect.

Vertical sync (Vsync)

Edit SplinterCell2.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open SplinterCell2.ini.
  3. Find the [D3DDrv.D3DRenderDevice] section.
  4. At the bottom of the section, after OverrideOptimalRefreshRate=False, add a line:
    • UseVsync=True
  5. Save the changes.


Control options menu.
Control options menu.

Mouse acceleration

Mouse acceleration is present whenever you equip/shoulder your weapon, as well as during aiming.
Edit ESetting.ini[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\offline\system.
  2. Open ESetting.ini.
  3. Find all useAimTuning= lines, then edit their values from v=1 to v=0 and save the changes.
  4. When running them game, make sure to create a new save (loading a previous save doesn't register the change).

Controller support

This fix makes XInput controllers somewhat compatible (menus can be navigated without a mouse, however cutscenes can't be skipped with a controller).
Disables the mouse to control the in-game camera.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\offline\system and open Spintercell2.ini.
  2. Find UseJoystick=False and change it to UseJoystick=True.
  3. Download this fix and extract the contents to <path-to-game>\offline\system.

Xbox Controller support

Keyboard is required to skip cutscenes and start missions.
Disables the mouse to control the in-game camera.
  1. Download this zip file.
  2. Copy the contents to <path-to-game>\offline\system.
  3. Open Spintercell2.ini with a text editor.
  4. Find UseJoystick=False and change it to UseJoystick=True.
  5. To remap controls:
  • Open Spintercell2User.ini, then scroll down to Joy 1-16 and remap the controls.


Read this guide on Steam for any help.


Sound options menu.
Sound options menu.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Voice, music, ambient and SFX.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1[6]
Only in-game subtitles for the OPSAT dialogue, not available in cutscenes, except for Polish version, which also adds subtitles to every dialogue in-game.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3.0[7]
Royalty free audio
May require DirectSound3D restoration software to restore proper audio functionality on Vista and later.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Local retail only.
Local retail only, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Local retail only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
The official multiplayer service was shut down.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Only available as an option on service.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created profile, requires dgVoodoo2 v2.55.4, see profile introduction.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues fixed

Rendering issues on modern PCs

Due to relying on now-obsolete functionality in Nvidia GPUs, the default "buffer" shadows are broken on modern hardware. This impacts gameplay as many light sources such as searchlights become invisible but can still trigger alarms.
Sea and water may flicker in some maps.
Torchlight doesn't work in multiplayer.

Use dgVoodoo 2

Use dgVoodoo 2[3]
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe and \MS\x86\D3D8.dll to <path-to-game>\system.
  3. Open dgVoodooCpl.exe and click on the DirectX tab.
  4. Under Videocard, select GeForce 4 Ti 4800 from the drop-down menu.
  5. Select 256 MB from the VRAM drop-down menu.
  6. Click Apply and OK.


Requires dgVoodoo 2 2.53 or later (included in the newest version of ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix).
Use experimental fix[citation needed]
  1. Download the experimental fix.
  2. Copy d3d8.dll to <path-to-game>\offline\system.

Crashes during cutscenes

Crashes may occur at any random point by returning a "General protection fault!" error.
Use a newer version of binkw32.dll
  1. Download the DLL file.
  2. Copy binkw32.dll to <path-to-game>\offline\system.
Set the compatibility mode to Windows 98 / Me[citation needed]

Frame rate issues

Bottom Tooltip Erratic Movement Example. Click to see it in action.
Bottom Tooltip Erratic Movement Example. Click to see it in action.
Game is capped at 200 FPS.
Above 60 FPS, some physics of "softbody" materials like curtains are broken[8][citation needed].
If its above 100 FPS, the bottom tooltip has erratic movement[9].
If it exceeds 120 FPS, pathfinding is broken[citation needed].
Use dgVoodoo 2[10]
Limit the frame rate to 60 FPS[citation needed]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio DirectSound3D
Cutscenes Bink Video
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

HD textures from the PS3 version

  1. Download the archive here.
  2. Copy the offline folder to the game directory and overwrite when prompted.


Although in high resolution, HD textures often look bland (e.g. wood).
Ads have been removed, and the file HUDPC.utx contains a completely different HUD from the original.
Certain textures have transparency problems when applied to the PC version.
For example, the train lights that leak through the grids at the beginning of the second mission.
In this case, the grates do not let light through properly and have a black texture where it should be invisible.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE, ME, 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD Athlon
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 3
ATI Radeon 8500
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Verified by User:Antrad on February 27, 2018
  4. [PostProcessFixedScale VOGONS] - last accessed on 2023-08-28
  5. Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow | WSGF
  6. Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow - - last accessed on 17 May 2023
  7. Deadly Hide & Seek in Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® Pandora Tomorrow™ -
  8. An example of someone playing at 200 FPS. - last accessed on 2022-05-09
  9. Verified by User:LukasThyWalls on 2023-11-05
    Bottom Tooltip Erratic Movement issue For Splinter Cell 2 (Pandora Tomorrow). More info in discussions and added GIF as proof.
  10. Bottom Tooltip Erratic Movement on Talk:Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow - last accessed on 2023-11-05