Sam Fisher's favorite pastimes include: interrogating international terrorists, choking people out in a sleeper, and, of course, creeping around in the dark with night vision goggles.

Ubisoft has released this new developer diary looking at Sam's favorite piece of gear, aside from that nasty reverse bladed knife of his. Community developer Zack Cooper talks a little bit about how the goggles are going to be utilized in the new Splinter Cell: Blacklist title.

All this new buzz around the franchise is wholly welcome, especially considering that the Splinter Cell movie is looking more and more like a real thing. Yes Tom Hardy, yes. Watch the trailer and let us know what you think.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist drops August 23 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.