We’re all for optimism and “never say never” around here but when a third party developer comes out and strictly says their game will never come out for a given platform, we can’t help but feel a bit down. Bumming us out today is Ubisoft who have now made it very clear that Splinter Cell: Conviction will be “a true Microsoft exclusive title.” But what’s the reason PlayStation 3 owners won’t get to infiltrate any mansions? History.
While the previous games have been released on PlayStation systems as well, the “Splinter Cell games are historically linked with Microsoft platforms,” it was said in a short dev Q&A on the official Ubi forums. “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 [bad example?]). 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.”
The Q&A also gave an answer on the multiplayer component that was MIA at E3. Apparently unveiling the rethought single-player part of the game was enough of a task, but we won’t have to wait long to find out what they’re doing with the “thrilling” multiplayer as the devs are “already working to show you the multiplayer in the coming weeks.” We’re thrilled.