We called it in the our analysis of the Ubisoft presser yesterday, but the publisher has now confirmed that Michael Ironside will not be returning to the role of Sam Fisher, with the character being played by Eric Johnson - who'll be providing full motion capture, facial design, and voice work, all recorded and processed simultaneously on a mocap stage.
"They needed someone who could bring physicality to the role," said Ironside, who'll be acting as a sort of character consultant for Johnson, so that's something at least. "Eric's not playing a Fisher from the past, he's not trying to be 'Michael Ironside'. He's a good actor, he's got good chops."
For that at least we should be thankful, and it is to be hoped that Johnson can, with Ironside's help, reinvigorate Fisher in his newest adventure from Ubisoft Toronto.