While PlayStation 3 owners can always look to the masterpiece that is Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots , Xbox 360 owners have the competition in the form of Splinter Cell: Conviction .
Labeled as a "true Microsoft exclusive," the next entry in the Sam Fisher saga is scheduled to arrive on February 26 for the 360 and PC, with no mention of a PS3 version. In fact, developer Ubisoft Montreal only recently said that there are currently "no plans to have Splinter Cell: Conviction on other platforms." This dashed the hopes of many a PS3 owner, especially those who love highly polished stealth/action titles and have enjoyed previous installments in the franchise at hand. But in a Videogamer interview , Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat has resurrected that lost hope with a simple, noncommittal reply to a direct question. In response to the query, "Is there any hope for them [PS3 owners] regarding the game?," Mallat said:
"There is always hope."
When pressed, Mallat responded that he "can't predict the future," but it's still "good to hear that people who can't play Splinter Cell are willing to." Yeah, you want our theory on the matter? Conviction has been in development for a long time; since the start of this generation, really. At the time, the Xbox 360 had a growing user-base thanks to a one-year head start while the PS3 labored during its initial launch (2007 was a rough year). Ubisoft saw this and were easily swayed by the idea of going exclusive with the 360…now, with the user-base gap shrinking with every passing day and 25 million possible sales existing amongst the PS3 crowd, Ubisoft almost wishes they could take back that exclusivity deal.
Just a thought. We're probably wrong…