Why Splinter Cell: Conviction Took So Damn Long

Splinter Cell: Conviction, out this week, is pretty good. It's also been a long time coming, having been originally due for release in 2007. Why the delay?

There was way more to it than hero Sam Fisher getting a new haircut. Like, the entire game needed to be re-tooled, its direction and mechanics changed.

"I joined the team in January of 2008 and at the beginning the goal was to fix the things that weren't happening. Ubisoft had identified that there were some major issues with the game", Ubisoft Montreal's Max Beland told Edge.

"We did a lot of playtesting, a lot of consumer research, we talked to a lot of gamers and there were a lot of themes that were coming back all the time: stealth is punitive, stealth is slow. It was funny, because when you watch the movies they're not that. James Bond and Jason Bourne run fast, they don't make noise, they kill one, two, three or four guys super quickly and silently with a sound suppressor, so it's a lot more dynamic. So we needed to do something with that."

"We need to make the ten people who are attracted to Splinter Cell and stealth happy, we can't just make two happy because they want to hide in the shadows and look at the control paths for a minute and then steady the camera placement. I think it's a good and fun type of stealth gameplay but it's hardcore."

That stuff about control paths and camera placement? As someone normally bored to death by the arbitrary way games deal with stealth (Batman & Mini Ninjas excepted), I love it. Where was he five years ago?

Kotaku AU Note: Speaking as someone who also loves hiding in the shadows and studying control paths, let's hope Eidos Montreal aren't thinking the same way as Ubisoft when it comes to Thief 4. Not that Conviction is bad, far from it, but Garrett isn't Jason Bourne...

'Ubisoft Felt Splinter Cell Was Too Hardcore' [Edge]


Comments

    But I was waiting for Alpha Protocol to get my Jason Bourne fix! Or my James Bond fix. Haven't decided what type of character I'll be playing. More seriously, those comments are fairly revealing of what the Tom Clancy name stands for nowadays. Woe betide a gamer who doesn't want action film unrealism.

    If you don't like the stealth sections of a stealth game, why are you playing it in the first place?
    Another example of a video game series ruined by casuals.

    So they won't admit that it was because Conviction was almost like Assassin's Creed in terms of gameplay/crowds and interaction with the environment that they then changed the direction of Conviction cause AC was super successful and would feel exactly the same?

    Fair enough

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