Splinter Cell Blacklist will be made available free of charge for those buying selected high-end models of Nvidia GeForce graphics card from now until the end of the year.
Nvidia has announced the latest blow in its tit-for-tat bundling war with graphics rival AMD, partnering with Ubisoft to give gamers who pick up a new GeForce board a free copy of upcoming stealth-'em-up Splinter Cell Blacklist, as well as a bonus copy of 2010's Splinter Cell Conviction
Continuing the story of counter terrorism expert Sam Fisher, Splinter Cell Blacklist will see the hero leading the Fourth Echelon to find those behind a series of attacks on the US based on a plan of action known as The Blacklist. Claimed to be the biggest entry in the series yet, the game includes a single-player story, distinct co-op missions and the traditional Spies versus Mercs team-based multiplayer mode. Ubisoft also claims the game will include a universal economy which allows the player to spend in-game cash to customise their team and player character.
Due to launch on the 23rd of August, the game is to be made free - and in Deluxe Edition form, no less - to anyone buying an Nvidia GeForce GTX 660, GTX 660 Ti, GTX 670, GTX 680, GTX 760, GTX 770 or GTX 780 from the usual participating retail partners from now until the 31st of December.
The partnership comes following work by Nvidia engineers with Ubisoft Toronto to ensure that the PC port of the cross-platform title is something a bit special. According to Nvidia, the joint team has worked on including numerous PC-specific technologies in the engine including support for detail-enhancing tessellation, TXAA antialiasing, multi-monitor support and Nvidia's Horizon-Based Ambient Occlusion (HBAO+).
The company has yet to release the list of participating retailers for the UK, with a detail page due to go live on the company's website later today. For now, however, we'd certainly recommend holding off on pressing the 'Buy' button on any GTX-containing shopping baskets you may have until full details of the deal are made public.