Sam Fisher aborts spring mission

Splinter Cell Double Agent locked up until September 2006 "to deliver the highest quality gaming experience."

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When the next installment of Ubisoft's Splinter Cell series was announced in December, its projected spring 2006 release date may have left many fans thinking, "Gee, that was fast!" Reality reared its ugly head today, as the publisher has announced that Splinter Cell Double Agent won't make its springtime romp, opting instead for a stealthy September release.

"Ubisoft is extending the launch of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent in order to deliver the highest quality gaming experience," a company representative said in a statement. "The additional development time will allow for a simultaneous worldwide launch on all platforms and will allow Ubisoft's development teams to push the technical boundaries on each platform."

Sam Fisher's next mission will see him infiltrating a terrorist organization from within. Players will straddle the line between good and evil as they complete objectives for both the terrorist cell and the National Security Administration.

Splinter Cell Double Agent is currently being developed for the Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, and the PC. For more information, sneak over to GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

64 comments
Led___Zeppelin
Led___Zeppelin

maybe the GC version wont be half assed now. /end impossible statement

soul_motor
soul_motor

"simultaneous launch on all platforms," maybe it is in development for PS3 and Rev... At least one could hope.

MeTaL-HeaD
MeTaL-HeaD

man when they're ever gonna get rid of FFAAG Fisher

LinconSixEcho
LinconSixEcho

I'd rather wair for this game than to have it rushed anyway.

insinuendo
insinuendo

why do they say a release date when they know very well there is a seroius chance it won't come out?!?! i wish they would just wait until the release date is set in stone and then tell us all . i'm so pi**ed off ! same goes for zelda .

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

I'm happy to see that Ubisoft will allow the development time this will definately need to really shine.

mikekare79
mikekare79

Booooo, but it is good if they make the game better.

andre29125
andre29125

Sounds pretty damn familiar... I've always doubted the spring release date. Heh, someone owes me 5 bucks...

flavin
flavin

i wish they never announced games or anything really. i wished they just sprung it on us. and the only commercials on tv were ones for products that got released that day. for example im a huge starwars fan. and i watched every single starwars ep3 trailer like a million times. i wish i hadnt. it would have been a huge surprise what happened to me in the movie. and with the ps3 if i didnt know about it time wouldnt be taking so long till the still unanounce release

Irvine78
Irvine78

About as surprising as the new DS announcement, which is not at all.

shinchy
shinchy

Like I ever expected this to come out in Spring anyway.

cheapshot91
cheapshot91

I knew this game wasnt gonna come out for a WHILE.. Seriously, i am not THE SLIGHTEST bit surprised..if you thought this game was going to come out in March for the 360 your an idiot

its_inevitable
its_inevitable

I was fully expecting this, March is way too early. Ubisoft seem to be the only publisher who will only release games once they're finished.

ChipsDubbo
ChipsDubbo

*sigh* who would've guessed? Ah well. Make it good UbiSoft!

Crymerge
Crymerge

That's good, more time with GR3

mr_lalli
mr_lalli

u guys aren't very bright this game had been worked on since chaos theory was started because ubisoft switches developers, for example, pandora tomoro finished and the team that made PT start DA while montreal worked on Chaos after making the first one so they get 2 years for each game

heyheydoh
heyheydoh

this makes me mad they always delay games that i want "always" just like kingdom hearts. omfg

trebor_d
trebor_d

i can live with that. i want it to be a good game if rush it it might suck.,and that would be a bad. the last tomb raider was screwed up because they didn't take the time. i think.

Mit_Man
Mit_Man

I wish most people were as reasonable as most of you here. There's gonna be a handful of pissed GameStop customers at work who reserved it thinking it was coming in March or whenever.

LivingDeadNinja
LivingDeadNinja

That was a given. I just don't understand why they announced it for Spring in the first place...

o_sausage
o_sausage

essentials can tie you over till then

coolcool23
coolcool23

Why am i not surprised? maybe they are waiting to release it simultaneously on ALL consoles... (PS3!!!)

XlpranksterlX
XlpranksterlX

No one though it would be out in the spring. But i like the games and think that their defenietly worth the wait.

Khimarhi
Khimarhi

more time = more perfection

sandz_09
sandz_09

Ubisoft always delivers on Splinter Cell and september is my birfday so all the better. besides, as long as Ghost Recon sticks with its march release, Ubisoft already has a big release then. so one for the spring, one for the fall. means big win for all of us gamers. Besides, in that time, for all we know vast graphics enhancement or what not. who knows, possibly found out some more features on 360 to bring out and polish. whatever the case, we win either way.

StealthyBurrito
StealthyBurrito

Its good to know their taking their time to make it as good as possible, but its a huge blow to the second wave of Xbox 360 games due out this spring.

paradyme777
paradyme777

ugh...lets keep the delays coming...

Drevan
Drevan

how is GS hiding something? The article says it's being released on all platforms, and then later in the very same article it clearly states which platforms it's being developed for. Nowhere does it mention PS3.

santana4064
santana4064

well all of the others were cool, a delay in the next one is worth the wait.

RunnerGunner480
RunnerGunner480

That doesn't surprise me. I think it is good idea though.

j14rk1n
j14rk1n

Fine by me. Maybe by then we'll all have 360's, too.

Imavnas
Imavnas

Interesting to see this September release date for ALL consoles. Isnt the next Splinter Cell scheduled for a PS3 release as well? its like Gamespot is hiding something.

rencie
rencie

I don't mind the delay and it's not that long of a wait anyway. I rather spend my money on well-polished product than one that requires constant patching.

darkcult
darkcult

Screenshots/graphics were crap, so I'm glad. they better deliver NextGen game, or else....

zymase
zymase

Why would they announce it and then delay it? To make you want it, and mak you keep thinking about it. Pretty slick marketing, and hopefully the end product is that much better for the delay.

Snipes33
Snipes33

Damn, I was hoping I could play this game over summer. Guess I'll be waiting to get a 360.

mtouchprod
mtouchprod

I'm fine with the delay, but I'm not fine with the trend. I really wish publishers and designers would get a handle on their own capabilities. How can they miss the mark by 6-9 months. Did they think it was almost done and then suddenly realize it was nowhere NEAR being done? How is that even possible?

benihya
benihya

I am very happy about that bc if it came out early I would have to buy an Xbox360 but now I can wait to buy PS3. now we all have another reason not to buy Xbox360

simon50
simon50

more time to put in on PS3?

alienhunter187
alienhunter187

Surprising, a game gets delayed. This is the way of the next generation. But HOPEFULLY, it turns out to be good.

Bo
Bo

Can't say I'm surprised. But at the same time, I can't say I'm not a bit disappointed. As a long time fan of the series, with a new 360, it was definitely something I was looking forward to. I suspect that Ubi announced it when they did, for March, to include it in their Q1 earnings estimates, to keep their stock jumping. Now that they're 1/3 into that quarter, pushing ti back will feel Q3. Any coincidence that it was moved from the 3rd month of Q1 to the third month of Q3? Probably not. The initial announcement was for financial reasons. The push is for quality reasons. Besides, they have GRAW releasing to the 360 in the March timeframe. That'll be enough to carry their financials for the quarter.

cool1929
cool1929

EA should take note of this...

Psycho_Teen
Psycho_Teen

Seein that i wont have a 360 till then because their all sold out i could care less

saturndust
saturndust

No prob, I trust those guys and know they'll do a great piece of art on Mr Fisher