Yesterday, Ubisoft announced that its highly anticipated Splinter Cell: Conviction is now slated for release in Q1 2010. Splinter Cell fans have grown quite familiar with delays, the most recent of which resulted in noticeable changes to the game. This time however, as Kotaku reports, Ubisoft says the delay will net far less dramatic results.
Community developer UbiRazz commented on the delay over at Ubisoft’s official Conviction forum, saying:
“In order to live up to our own ambitions and your expectations, we strongly feel that giving our teams that extra time will allow us to present a game to you that will fulfill that potential. Due to this, we have decided to move the release date into Q1 2010. This extra time will ensure Splinter Cell: Conviction becomes every bit the fantastic experience we want it to be.”
UbiRazz went on to say, “Just so you know: there won't be any major changes or additions to what you saw at E3 but there may be minor tweaks/balancing."
I actually have zero problems with this delay. Sure, Conviction is one of the three or four games I was looking forward to the most this year, however the delay had nothing to do with the game’s development, meaning everything I have been most impressed with so far should be pretty much intact when the game is finally released. It was financial strategy, pure and simple. And if that means Ubisoft Montreal has a bit more time to make its already stunning game even better, then no complaints here.
How are you handling the Splinter Cell: Conviction delay?