If there was any hope of Splinter Cell: Conviction making its way to the PS3, that’s all gone now. Ubisoft, developers of the newest Splinter Cell iteration, recently posted on their forums, claiming that the 360-exclusive will not hit any other consoles, because of the “link of heart” between the series and the Xbox platforms.
“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.”
It’s kind of hard to believe Ubisoft honestly feels a “link of heart” with the Xbox consoles, especially since we’ve played the series on both PS2 and PS3. Think there’s something else going on behind the scenes? Post your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below.