Splinter Cell: Conviction Slips To 2008

Ubisoft have today published their sales for the first quarter of 2007-08, which if your interested, came to €134 million ($180.66 U.S.), up 90.5%, or 94.5% at constant exchange rates, compared with the €70 million ($94.37 U.S.) recorded for the same period of 2006-07! To these numbersYves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft stated “Ubisoft has made a solid start to the year, and continued to win market share. Momentum was particularly strong during the period for European sales, which climbed 109% thanks to the ramp-up of new-generation consoles and the impact of PS3 game sales, including Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas and Oblivion. Our performance during this quarter has once again proved the relevance of our early positioning in the casual gaming sector, as demonstrated by the success of our DS and Wii games.W

Now, in all honesty, all this sales stuff is not really that interesting, but stuck in the middle of all this earnings speak the company announced that Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction, originally scheduled for the third fiscal quarter of 2007-08, will now be released in the fourth fiscal quarter. This effectively means that the game is now set for release sometime before March 2008, which means the initial November 16, 2007 global release date has been tossed by the wayside.

Ubi boast that Splinter Cell: Conviction will be set almost entirely in open urban areas, with a 53 year old Sam Fisher using environmental elements, such as crowds for cover. It has also been said that Sam can use the environment for defence, using benches to block off doors and it will be possible to interact with nearly every object in the environment. Also, Sam will apparently have more close combat abilities as well, including throws, kicks, and punches. However, it now seems Ubisoft Montreal needs a few more months before they can implement all this to a satisfactory quality level.