I don't think I have ever been excited for a Splinter Cell game. I always enjoyed the series, but it never grabbed me in any particular way. Blacklist is shaping up to be a violent blast, and even if Michael Ironside is no longer playing Sam Fisher, I am ready to start shooting some terrorists.
The game has also been pushed to August 20th. I'm not sure why they did that (probably to polish it up), but Ubisoft can take all the time they want. Hey, they pushed Far Cry 3 and that turned out really well, so I'll have faith here too.