Splinter Cell’s Xbox exclusivity ends with Conviction, may have a future on PS3

Even though Splinter Cell: Conviction is an Xbox 360 console exclusive, future games in the series may easily make their way to Sony’s platform, Maxime Beland, Conviction’s creative director, says. Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell exclusivity deal with Microsoft ends with Conviction, leaving the company open to consider alternative deals in the future.

“I don’t see why it wouldn’t,” Beland said when asked if Sam Fisher has a future on the PS3. “I’m not involved in the business deals. I joined Splinter Cell after the exclusivity deal with Microsoft had already been signed, but there’s no reason why Splinter Cell couldn’t be on the PS3. Conviction? No because of the exclusivity deal. I know people keep talking about maybe, maybe not, [but] at Ubisoft Montreal I haven’t seen anyone working on PS3 for Conviction.”

“[The next game] is open to new deals,” he added. “If Microsoft wants an exclusivity deal, they don’t call me, it’s Yves [Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO] dealing with the business people. But yeah, I guess we could even be a PS3 exclusive if there’s a deal that makes people happy there.”

But could a future Splinter Cell game be a PS3 exclusive? Probably not.

“They have very few first-party studios at Microsoft,” Rob Dyer, senior vice president of publisher relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America, recently said. “Bungie’s next Halo is the last one, Rare rarely puts out anything, you’ve got Peter Molyneux with his Fable stuff… but they don’t have first-party development studios inside at Redmond or anywhere for that matter. We do. So rather than putting their money behind that, they’ve been going to Epic or Valve or BioWare to do what they did with Mass Effect, and that’s where they throw their dollars. Candidly, we’re not going to compete with Microsoft on that front.”