Splinter Cell: Conviction demo locked in for Thursday

Sample of latest installment in Ubisoft's long-running stealth series arrives on Xbox Live March 18; no PC demo plans announced.

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, St. Patrick's Day revelers sober enough to operate an Xbox 360 will be able to sample Splinter Cell: Conviction. Microsoft and Ubisoft have announced that a demo of the upcoming stealth-action game will be available starting March 18, roughly one month ahead of its launch.

Once he's done celebrating St. Patrick's Day, Sam Fisher will stroll onto Xbox Live.

According to Ubisoft, the demo will be single-player and contain the first part of the Michigan Avenue Reservoir level. The publisher said the demo will introduce players to the heavily reworked game's core mechanics, including the mark-and-execute and last-known-position features. Part of the demo was shown at last year's Tokyo Game Show, about the same time GameSpot got some hands-on time with the game.

Splinter Cell: Conviction will ship for the Xbox 360 on April 13 in a variety of configurations, including a 250GB Xbox 360 bundle and special edition set. Though it also will be released that day for Windows systems, no PC demo plans were made public. Ubisoft's relations with many PC gamers have been frosty since it announced a new digital-rights management system that requires a constant online connection to Ubi.com. The scheme was upended last week, when denial-of-service attacks brought down much of Ubi.com's functionality.

For more on Splinter Cell: Conviction, check out GameSpot's recent preview from last week's 2010 Game Developers Conference.

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Discussion

58 comments
BrickTamland314
BrickTamland314

controls felt weird at first bc im so used to the old controls of splinter cell but getting used to it will be worth it

SR71halo
SR71halo

@infinitecrysis: Gold members just get demos a week early, it will be available for Silver members on Thursday.

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

after the last delay i was pretty mad...but how can u not get this game? the whole series is a master piece so why stop loving now? i ask myself. there is no reason so i am once more super pumped for this game!

infinitecrysis
infinitecrysis

@TheVGamer Just because Gates isn't the CEO or "officially" involved with Microsoft I'm willing to bet that he still can get whatever he wants within that company. But I highly doubt that Microsoft bribed Ubi to make it an exclusive. Not to mention the fact that 3 out of 4 Splinter Cell games were released on the XBOX or 360 than later released on the PS3. Never know, could happen with this one as well. Either way this game is going to be awesome and worth the buy.

infinitecrysis
infinitecrysis

Not a big fan of the fact that you have to have a Gold membership to download this demo. You're not actually playing online with it so I don't see the need for it. But than again I can't justify paying to use something I can get for free with the PS3 since at least 95% of the games released are for both systems. But hey, that's me.

SR71halo
SR71halo

Demos take up a lot more room than retail games, the full game won't take up so much.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

One thing im curious about is that although the demo was VERY short, it was a total of 1.19Gb, therefore i guess this will be on 2 Discs? as theres only around 9Gb on a DVD, so wheres all the other content gonna go?

F3l1P3
F3l1P3

Oh man it was kinda too short the demo but omG, i just want it more! The only thingy that i didn't like was that the mouths didn't move correctly, hope they fix that :P

drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

The demo was awesome but agreed that way to short. Must have played it over and over to just get a feel for all you can do it the game. Being a fan of the old games its seems a bit different but if it didnt change it would have got stale. I'm enjoying the new direction and can't wait to jump into co-op.

DarthPanama3
DarthPanama3

great demo what a tease!!! Apr 13th cant come soon enough!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

i think it is possible to remove the prompts as there is an option in the Menu to disble them, but this option was disabled, i also wish you could pickup and hide bodies, still a great game IMO

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

After playing the demo its hard to put a finger on exactly where Ubisoft is going with SCC, fans of the original series might feel a little left out in the cold as they come to grips with the new Sam Fisher. The control style has changed, the enviroment now comes with icons for jump/grab/leap etc..and the enemy AI was a little too retarded for my liking. Run and gun your way through the demo in a little under 2 minutes then go back and stealth your way through in 3 minutes.....I think I will reserve judgement till the full title arrives....

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Brilliant but very short demo, simply re-affirming my day 1 purchase. The 'Last known position' dynamic is brilliant and definately adds to the fun once your cover is blown, rather than running and gunning, you can toy with the enemy, luring them into traps, dead ends etc, great fun. The 'Mark & Execute' is equally brilliant, especially as marked targets dont have to be exectued immediately, you can mark them, carry on as you are, then take them out at your convenience, the cover system is equally intuitive and very slick. Really looking forward to this, the demo has simply removed any doubts i had. Superb.

JOem316
JOem316

Curious to see how game does. >fingers crossed> For the love of God, bring back Bob and Steve when this is released.

TC_Squared
TC_Squared

I'm gonna cry. I've been looking forward to this for months, and I just got the RROD yesterday (tear).

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

@mental_case_5 In case you didn't know, Bill Gates isn't in Microsoft for few years now, so stop barking like mad dog!

faatui06
faatui06

big fan of splinter cell,can't for tomorrow it goin to be awesome

trastamad03
trastamad03

@ CalienteBurito Hey man, i know that DRM is broken, It's not like i LOVE it and endorse it. I hate it too... but I also hate pirates cause they keep screwing us over and we can't really do anything about... With my comment I was mostly trying to defend Ubi, not the DRM system... But in the end, when something goes awry for the PC, i don't blame DRM, i usually blame pirates... Anyways, Cheers :)

l33tek
l33tek

Finally, we get to experience the new Splinter Cell. I will mosdef be d-loading this tomorrow. :D

jmartinez1983
jmartinez1983

Not too interested in the single player. Wish this was a multiplayer demo, absolutely love Splinter Cell multiplayer.

JOem316
JOem316

My expectations are not very high. Hopefully this demo brings the pain!

JJB03
JJB03

cant't wait to get cracking on the demo if i can find enough space on the hard drive :S

christianXallen
christianXallen

probably the best news to hit this website, other than a final release date for Conviction.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I am so looking forward tot this

mental_case_5
mental_case_5

Oh this is sweet. Too bad that idiot of a president Bill Gates bribed UBISOFT to have this a Microsoft Exclusive. Link of Heart. Yeah whatever! The PS2 Versions of the Spinter Cells sold better and had extra content and Splinter Cell: Essentials is a PSP exclusive. Well, How weird is that? Link of heart. PFFFT!

Castillion
Castillion

Yay! Best news of the week! I have waited this since summer.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@dovberg yeah, it looks a little like VATS, but a little more accurate. Other than that, Fallout 3 should never be compared to this game. Its gonna be pretty awesome taking guys out co-op.

deadlysilence82
deadlysilence82

Hell yeah i can't wait for the demo, i just hope the time come around so i can purchase the whole game :)

dovberg
dovberg

The preview I saw on XBL makes it look like it works like the Fallout 3 shooting, I think it's like the vats system(I don't remember what it was called).

BloodMist
BloodMist

@MERGATROYDER Hah, c'mon man, if you think pissing a customer base off with utter nonsense does nothing more than make you lose potential sales revenue...well then you're just as stupid as Ubisoft.

BradHummr
BradHummr

ALRIGHT. Can't wait. :D Two more days...

F3l1P3
F3l1P3

:D Almost there :3

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

I'm glad PC gamers are being so overpowered by the industry. If people would stop stealing everything on-line, then you wouldn't have to go through so much. I seriously hate people telling me about a game and how good it is, and then ask me; "You want it? I can copy it for you." If I want it, I will buy it. Get a job and stop complaining about them protecting themselves from thieving gamers. Actually, from now on, YOU ARE NOT A GAMER IF YOU WON'T EVEN BUY THE GAME TO PLAY IT! fin

MrNib
MrNib

Many people aren't already buying this(including me) because of the unreasonable DRM, a demo wouldnt change anything.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'll be glad if they finally fixed the horrible framerate issues that popped up in previous demonstrations of the game.

the_underking89
the_underking89

I don't play on pc, but they deserve a demo too. I mean, they developed the game by using computers (I hope), so I don't see how it would be too far out of their way to release a pc demo.

cowmaster2k3
cowmaster2k3

Awesome, this game blew the roof off e3! I'm stoked to finally get to play it :D

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

"You know... it's not really Ubisoft's fault that they have to use such a DRM, instead of blaming them, maybe you guys should start blaming the real culprit... pirating..." so why don't they put it on x360 as well to stop all those millions who pirate on consoles as well? the fact is pc gaming makes more revenue than all consoles combined. Just under 20% comes from retail the rest is through digital distribution which is not tracked so know one really knows the real sales of pc games.

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

no pc demo = more p2p downloads to try out the game. ubi really knows how to loose sales. A good demo will sell a game.

mightEone
mightEone

Sounds good. If I like the new gameplay I'll have to pre order me a copy.

dentui
dentui

So after years of announcements and sneak peaks, we finally get to play it. Can't wait.

CalienteBurito
CalienteBurito

@trastamad03 I don't think anyone would argue that companies put in DRM to stop pirating, the sad part is that the pirating continues dispite DRM and the only ones who suffer are the people who honestly buy the game! Drm is a broken system, always has been, and someone standing up for it needs to have all the facts. Not trying to start a flame war just thought you should know!

trastamad03
trastamad03

You know... it's not really Ubisoft's fault that they have to use such a DRM, instead of blaming them, maybe you guys should start blaming the real culprit... pirating... And why would a Demo use DRM, cause you have to buy a license for it right?[sarcasm]