Splinter Cell: Conviction still 360 exclusive – for now
Oh, the wonders of corporate talk. Having invited readers to pose questions about upcoming stealth adventure, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Ubisoft have responded over at their official forum.
Straight to the point (and question #1 no less), a reader wastes no time with bringing up the exclusivity elephant. Why no PS3 love they ask? Ubisoft respond.
Ubisoft reiterate that there are “no plans” to bring Conviction to other platforms other than Microsoft’s 360 and even offer some valid reasons. Apart from the logical “One console means we just focus on the job at hand” rationale, it’s interesting to note that Microsoft’s nostalgic affection for the series since its appearance on the first Xbox was another factor.
“The first Splinter Cell on the original Xbox was one of the first games to fully exploit the consoleâ€™s technical possibilities. At that time, Microsoft really believed in the game potential and provided strong support to promote it. So, there is a â€œlink of heartâ€ between the franchise and the platform.”
Ubisoft are right. We remember playing the first Splinter Cell on Microsoft’s first console and loving it. That said, games that have a strong connection with one platform don’t always stick to that platform, as Ubisoft are well aware:
“Some games are like this (think of Final Fantasy for instance).”
There is no conspiracy here but we should recognise the language being used. A “link of heart” suggests an almost tacit agreement between Ubisoft and Microsoft rather than a “written in stone” one. We’re also fairly confident that there is no corporate duplicitous double-talk at hand here and Splinter Cell is very much only in development for the 360 at the moment. But, though there may be “no plans” for now, and the fact that Final Fantasy is dragged into the argument almost with a sly wink, we’re thinking the message from Ubisoft is: “No, not for the PS3 right now. Later? Sure, why not.”