Why Splinter Cell: Conviction Isn't On PS3 (Yet)

Splinter Cell: Conviction was one of the best games we saw at E3. No, wait, it was the best game we saw at E3. Which is good news for 360 and PC owners! Not so good news for PS3 owners.

And that's because the game isn't slated to appear on the PS3. Just the 360 and PC. Seems strange in this day and age for a major third party like Ubisoft to release a console-exclusive title. So we'd better let them explain themselves:

Splinter Cell conviction is a true Microsoft exclusive title and there are no plans to have Splinter Cell Conviction on other platforms. There are several reasons behind this choice. First of all, Splinter Cell games are historically linked with Microsoft platforms. The first Splinter Cell on the original Xbox was one of the first games to fully exploit the console's technical possibilities. At that time, Microsoft really believed in the game potential and provided strong support to promote it. So, there is a "link of heart" between the franchise and the platform. Some games are like this (think of Final Fantasy for instance). The second reason behind this choice is purely linked to production. Having a single target platform means that we can optimise the game even further, because we only have one type of - console - hardware to support.

Interesting. A "link of heart" between a game and a system. Like Final Fantasy. Fat lot of good that "link of heart" did for Final Fantasy XIII.

Regardless of those kind words, don't be surprised to see the game appear on the PS3 somewhere down the line, even if, at E3, we were told by Ubisoft that the dev team didn't even have a PS3 dev kit. After all, these days, "no plans" usually just means "not yet".

Q&A [Splinter Cell, via VG247]


    If devs stop using the old "PS3 is hard to program" excuse, I reckon games would look 30% better then they do now.

    "No, wait, it was the best game we saw at E3."

    Where the hell were you guys? Need I remind any of you of Uncharted 2? As much as I am looking forward to Conviction you cant honestly believe that it was more impressive then U2: Among Thieves? Thats gotta be like... illegal or something.

      Yeah, I can believe it. Conviction looked amazing, and thoroughly deserving of being awarded our pick of show. (Personally, it was second behind Scribblenauts, but alas.)

      Uncharted 2 looks fun, but to me it came across as the same kind of experience we've had before, only prettier and more polished. I don't quite understand the excitement there.

    Splinter cell was the biggest game of E3? Obviously you missed all of Sony's games coming out this year and next.

      Hey um, what games are you referring to? At this point this game was the best game of e3 hands down. Unless you have other games in mind. Will be waiting....

    Gives those PS fanboys something to stuff down their throat. Sick of hearing how this is the PS3's year with exclusives etc.. etc..

    I'm no fanboy of any console. I do prefer 360 though, but thats controller point of view mainly.

    Exclusives DO help generate higher sales. Usually around 2 or so weeks once the game has been released. However not all exclusives do this and not only that, not all exclusives turn out to be great games! (Haze anyone? or Too Human?) and neither of those, which were held pretty high before their releases & promoted quite heavily, did NOTHING for their console port sales.

    UbiSoft are mega greedy so it's only a matter of time. But who cares, Splinter Cell games are rubbish on Play Station.

    Rubbish, its because Double Agent was a steaming pile of frame rate challenged crud on the PS3 and they don't want to go there again!

    Never been a fan of splinter cell anyway, I've missed all the installments after the 1st, just not interested. The main voice actor is about the only draw for me.

    I want this game to be good, if its anything like double agent its going straight out the window.

    Double Agent was good i reckon.

    Playing it now, it feels slow and rough on the controls. But it is fairly old now. It wasn't anything MASSIVE or CHANGING for the genre or gaming. Graphics were on par with others etc...

    Chaos Theory on the other hand did lots for the genre and graphics.

    Double Agent was kinda Chaos Theory v2.0 - Graphics could have been much better and everything in general could have worked much more smoothly. I also hate how developers do different campaigns etc... for different consoles.

    If it's on a PC then it's not exclusive.

    Some of you guys are just morons. PS3 has better graphics than 360. But the only way that will show is when a game is developed to its fullest potential. You guys are right about uncharted 2 being a great game and it might have awesome graphics with ps3 being 1080p. But Splinter Cell has always had better gameplay and a better story for most people. At this point I love my ps3 for the graphics. But online its not so good. xbox live has it beat. If I had to choose between u2 and splinter cell conviction it will be conviction due to the gameplay and story. If it came out for both 360 and ps3 I would choose the ps3 version. Of course no one will know until you try both versions.


    first off,ya all retarded... Splinter Cell started on the Original xbox,and got ported to pc and the ps2...

    secondly I cant help but laugh at alot of you ps3 fanboys now.soooo many of you laughed and teased us 360 gamers,saying how we could never ever play MGS4. guess its our turn aye? lol

    and 3rd(ly)

    PS3 is NEEEVVVEERRR getting this.. Microsoft made a deal with UBISOFT. they didnt have enough money on this game to complete it. so Microsoft made them a deal.they would help with it,as long as it stays exclusive..


    (HENCE PC/360)

    so your not having it..let it go... you said we should stick to our own exclusives when we wanted MGS4..now have some dignity and do the same.lol

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