For the longest time, many were convinced that at some point during the delay for Splinter Cell: Conviction , Ubisoft would announce the switch from an Xbox 360 exclusive to a multiplatform title that includes the PlayStation 3.
Well, it ain't happening. It seems that Ubisoft has a touch of loyalty towards Microsoft, considering the "link of heart" they established between MS and the Splinter Cell franchise back in 2002 when the original first launched. It was certainly true that these games were better experiences on the more powerful platform of the time, and it seems Ubisoft is rewarding Microsoft for being such good supporters (or something to that effect). Here's the official statement they gave to VG247 :
"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 optimize the game even further, because we only have one type of – console – hardware to support."
Does anyone else find it funny that Ubisoft mentioned Final Fantasy? They say that FF has a "link of heart" between the franchise and the Sony PlayStation platform and yet, the next official installment will be on the Xbox 360 as well. So either Square-Enix needs to get with the program and understand this whole "link of heart" thing, or one publisher is taking advantage of millions more potential consumers while one is – against all business advice – putting loyalty ahead of potential. Man, this debate could rage for eons…
But either way, Splinter Cell: Conviction won't be coming to the PS3. …guess our consolation is knowing MGS4 is, and will remain, a PS3 exclusive. 😉