Why Splinter Cell: Conviction and Red Steel 2 slipped

As Ubisoft revealed their Q1 sales results yesterday, we also learned that several of their titles were pushed back. The two that hurt the most are probably Splinter Cell: Conviction and Red Steel 2 which put in good showings at E3 but are now slated for a distant January-March 2010 release. But what’s the reason for the delays?

“The team was asking that they couldn’t be with the level of quality on all the maps and all the game for the end of the year, so they had asked for more time to be able to come with a better product, for both of those games,” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said while explaining the delays during the company’s Q1 results call yesterday. “The quality of the games is there for what you’ve been able to see at E3, but we were not able to have that same quality on the full game of those two products.”

Red Steel and Splinter Cell are going to greatly benefit from the additional polishing time we are providing and will clearly be among the leading brands on the Wii and 360 for the March quarter,” Guillemot also said.

So simply put, they’re not up to par yet.