Splinter Cell: Conviction infiltrates April 13

Ubisoft uses conventional announcement tactic to announce fifth--and apparently final--release revision for the Xbox 360 and PC Tom Clancy stealth-actioner.

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Once again, it appears Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction has been given a release date--although in a uniquely unconventional way. This week, Ubisoft quietly sent out engraved rocks with the logo for the game on the front and the numbers "4.13.10" on the back. Ubisoft have confirmed the mailing's obvious message: Splinter Cell: Conviction has an April 13, 2010 release date, and it's now set in stone (literally).

After five delays, Ubisoft has now set Conviction's release date in stone--literally.

If the words "Splinter Cell: Conviction" and "dated" inspire a sense of deja vu, it's not just because the game is coming from French publisher Ubisoft and Quebecois developer Ubisoft Montreal. First revealed in September 2006, the stealth-action game was set to be released in October 2007 until its development was suddenly halted in July 2007. The game then missed its planned May 2008 launch and largely disappeared from public view.

After undergoing a drastic overhaul, the Xbox 360 and PC title* resurfaced, was shown off at Microsoft's Electronic Entertainment Expo press briefing, and slated for a holiday 2009 release. But the following month, Ubisoft pushed back Splinter Cell: Conviction into the first quarter of 2010, finally assigning it with a hard launch date of February 23 in September. Finally, in mid-January, the game was delayed yet again to April 2010, when it is now set to ship.

Sam Fisher's latest adventure hasn't exactly sprinted to the factory.

Conviction is set two years after Splinter Cell: Double Agent, which saw series hero Sam Fisher become a fugitive from the FBI, NSA, and an alphabet soup of other agencies. In the course of investigating his daughter's death, the now-grizzled Fisher discovered that his former employer, the covert organization Third Echelon, has double-crossed him. Avoiding capture, he travels to Washington, DC, to uncover the conspiracy that led to his undeserved disgrace.

Luckily, being on the run doesn't stop Fisher from employing his stealth and combat skills to foil a mysterious--and potentially catastrophic--terrorist threat. It also frees up the former commando from nonlethal rules of engagement, allowing him to kill foes with a variety of ranged and melee methods.

To see several minutes of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction live gameplay, check out GameSpot's Now Playing feature below.

*= a DS version of Conviction is also planned, but it was not mentioned in the most recent announcements regarding the game.

Discussion

207 comments
666shan666
666shan666

@Ladiesman17, my i7 920 @ 3.8GHz is 6 time better than my core2quad 6600. 180sec cinebench using core2quad, 30 sec using core i7. Twice as fast as XBOX was extremely less to speak. 10 times or more was easily acceptable. PC RULES.

666shan666
666shan666

@force_user1975 dude, you make me laugh.

Tinolas
Tinolas

Best Game Ever !!! \m/ Splinter Cell Conviction !!!

The_Jackle
The_Jackle

@ thorsen-ink that's crazy talk man. You're crazy. Also that's not to say I don't enjoy reading the GS news team sink deeper into new lows each and every day. Brendan is still winning with "vanqished" though making me and every other Platinum Games fanboy out there soil their trousers.

jirf
jirf

Seriously Ladiesman17, not only are your arguments bad but what country are you from? You cant even write simple English.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

acsam12304 have you forgotten a gamecube remake of the original. i think you sony boys need reminding that metal gear is konamis game not sonys.

yoyoyoyo23
yoyoyoyo23

not fair.....pre ordered this game already and was really looking forward to it. now i have to wait 3 more months...

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@Rex100 near right! but not exactly same!! :)

Rex100
Rex100

isn't ladiesman17 used in transformers except with different numbers?

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@force_user1975 - 01. you have no shame at all, 1st (first person shooter) genre, originally games from PCs (same as Call Of Duty series) this game first released for the PCs, so thats why FPS suit for PCs not Consoles, your X360 didn't contributing anything, many great titles you enjoyed these day have roots direct/indirectly from PCs yet you proud of it!!! hahaaha you make me laugh,, don't tell me this is joke,, hahaaha... :D :D. .. Big mouth with no-identity. - 02. Why are you so proud with Consoles controller, it's not even have a precision, which is owned by the mouse, Call Of Duty/Modern Warfare for Consoles even using auto-aim (It's made just for you with slow-precision controller) PCs didn't have that features because it's no use for PC gamer (that was lame) :D. Console too "arcade-ish" with auto-aim (I bet you using this feature often) hahaha. - 03. Why I had to use the features "mouth-to-mouth", PC gamer just need reaction & watching how they move is enough for experts, Hardcore PC gamer will "silent" your mouth, even before you open your mouth :D without making "limey chit-chat.. voices",,(I can say, when you using mouth-to-mouth feature, you slowing your progression in the middle of battle,, with saying "whatt, whatt,, say again,,can't hear that,, whatt, whatt, whre I'm going" Boo Freakin' Hooo...too much watching movies.. once again that features made-for-casual gamer,,, hahaha. :D it's true, you pathetic man!

force_user1975
force_user1975

@Ladiesman17 Bro, none of that stuff matters to me. I care about Competition and gamebattles. Last I checked XBox 360 had the edge their, Considering their isn't even a P.C. Ladder as far as I can see. My clan is XBox 360 and PS3. Just the XBox chat and the in game chats in games makes Console gaming better IMO. FPS work better on consoles. I don't really care about the other stuff, I mean I have a P.C. I use it for work, web browsing etc.... People will never get a full gaming experience with the people, competition, communication with P.C. Play wow or whatever, but things like MW2 are best left to the experts.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@force_user1975 in what "ERA" where you actually live, PCs nowaday, don't require a hard chair, with keyboard & mouse "only" to play games. -me! myself using 6 terra harddrive your 360 just support up to 160 Gb with exclusive HDD you can't change. -Various cool Case (not just using cheap plastic) :D -Good quality internet than PS3 have. -I'm using latest graphic AA (Anti-Aliasing) & AF (Anisthropic Filtering) your 360 don't support this feature. -Crysis (2007) match with Uncharted 2 (2009) In graphic quality (too late for PS3 match PCs in terms of graphic quality). -6 GB of RAM (memory this day memory support up to 12 RAM) your 360 just using 500 mb aww god!! that was lame. -i7 with multi-core (twice better than yours). -I can using wireless mouse/keyboard & using 3rd party controllers like X360 controller support windows. :D -HDMI/DVI with full quality settings, I put my PC in the living room with HDTV. :D -All games with virtual shape (Datas), no cover wrinkled / over & over again put DVDs/Blu-ray. -I can play PC Games without problem since 1998 until 2010 with enhanced graphic. -Consoles made "exclusive" because companies afraid their console didn't sell well, just check their exclusives only published by SCEA(SONY) & Microsoft, other than that multi-platform games. I bet if PC version out, peoples will choose PCs (if they have money) :). -I wanted to ask you, can your 360 do something like that? if any Consoles like that, I'll lick your feet. :) -One last thing.. if you think PC users all N.E.R.D,, you wrong, I'm DJ & Im not NERD (as PC Gamer I'm proud of it) so just "shut" your foul-mouth!! you fanboy N.E.R.D.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@force_user1975 @dok_dx force_user dude! you're very stupid fanboy! people buy the 360 because of the cheap price! not the quality!! hardcore user will prefer PCs & casual gamer will prefer using Consoles..

dok_dx
dok_dx

@force_usur1975: You really need to get out more. If you think competitive gaming (and for xbots that means shooters and maybe Madden) is the only played on the 360 you must be a bline or just a pure fanboy. Think about all the FPS or shooters that are on the PC. Yhe only ones that are not is Halo 3, Gears 2, Uncharted 2, Resistance 1 and 2 and Killzone 2. Do you have any idea how many PC shooters including the best looking game anywhere, i.e., Crysis. I know you can't get you head around this but even WoW IS a competitive game, think PvP. You might want to read something more than Gamespot. / Also "nerdy" WTF! what are you 12 or 13 years old? Who in the 21st century uses the word "nerdy"? That's like an 80s thing. Moreover, think about what you're saying: You like competitive Video Gaming on XBox Live and you're calling someone else "Nerdy"? Really? Tell you what, go to a bar and try to impress a woman by telling her how you're into competitive video gaming and see what she says.

Hellcat-
Hellcat-

why does the u.s have dates formated as month/day/year, its so confusing. just do it in order like we all do. day/month/year

raptor1906
raptor1906

Heres the deal Ubisoft, if the PC version gets released the SAME DATE as the 360 then im pre-ordering it straight away. Dont do another Assassins Creed 2 like delay........

SuperB56
SuperB56

I have to agree with Colossus, though I will get this game, it has been way too long.

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

PC is my frst choice for the SP but i would only play coop on my ps3 which its not comming out for???? (Wize up ubisoft!) you lost a sale here due to Console favoritism... that only harms the gamer & costs you sales

SF_KiLLaMaN
SF_KiLLaMaN

I don't care anymore. I already lost interest in this game after the first delay.

force_user1975
force_user1975

@dok_dx That was my point. Competitive online gaming can really only be achieved via console these days. Sure if you want to play WOW and nerd it up you need a P.C. However if you want to join a clan and play MW2 and do competitive matches you need a XBox 360 or to a lesser extent PS3

acsam12304
acsam12304

@jtthegame316 MGS was always a PS only game. even tho they made a MGS for the X-box. but that was not a original MGS game. is like saying its not fair that Ford doesn't let Toyota make the Mustang.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i am glad its 360 and pc only because of the fact we still have certain games that are by third parties that are ps 3 only. while this is not fair on ps 3 owners that this is not coming on there console nither is it fair on 360 gamer that konami put metal gear 4 ps3 only and sega are making yakuza 3 PS3 only.

acsam12304
acsam12304

if fanboys are going to cry about this game being only for 360 and PC. what we should really be pissed is that a game that looks great always gets a DS version which will suck. i wonder why they even spend there time and money on a stupid DS version. they might as well make a PSP version. cuz they did made a Splinter Cell game for the PSP and i had to say i did enjoy it and look a lot like PS2 graphics along with good voice acting.

acsam12304
acsam12304

the game looks great. but i just suree damn hope it doesnt be one of those games where it looks cool but then once we really play it its boring and stupid. and come on only for PC and 360? the 360 and PS3 wars ended a long time ago. they should get it on all 3 platforms PC 360 and PS3

_Colossus_
_Colossus_

It's been too long, Ubisoft. You should have released this while Splinter Cell was still hot. Now it's served cold and it's not what we ordered in the first place.

dok_dx
dok_dx

@johnryandaplin True, but I didn't want to say that the Wii, DS and PSP aren't gaming platforms. Although, I don't think that they really are. O.K. maybe the DS on a good day and the PSP if you're really strapped. LOL. But the Wii... No, not until the Next Zelda without motion control. ;)

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

There's a small chance i'll get it on PC, but atm i'm not really interested, too many games coming out in February and March to even consider this, sorry Ubi.

johnryandaplin
johnryandaplin

@dok_dx ahahha so 360 ISN'T the platform with the most kids, you saying it like this "Tekken 6 is the first tekken game to be released aside from 12345" lol.

dok_dx
dok_dx

@force_user1975: "I run into more women in their 20's and 30's that game on XBL then kids." You just lost any credibility you might have had. There are more kids on the 360 than any other gaming platform aside from the Wii and the DS. Furthermore, if you're looking for women on XBL you have some serious issues. Most adults play games to play games, not to stalk women. / PC gaming (competitive or otherwise) is alive and well. Granted most PC gamers tend to play MMOs more than anything else, but try to remember most PC gamers download their games thus not show up on the NPD reports.

spag007
spag007

Looks like the best Splinter Cell experience yet, singleplayer wise. But nothing can beat Double Agent's multiplayer. That was the most fun I have ever had playing online. Too bad they changed the multiplayer in this one.

thpghalo3
thpghalo3

i wont be suprised if they move it again and again untill it hits December 2011 because after all that was supposed to originally come out in 2007!

turkeylegs123
turkeylegs123

IM GONNA KILL THEM IF THEY MOVE IT AGAIN!!!!

Vaultboy-101
Vaultboy-101

What if you have a soft chair? Anyway i do prefer my xbox mor than mu computer.

force_user1975
force_user1975

@AlfaxD_Centauro P.C. gaming is all but dead. Haven't you read any of the articles lately? It's just not fun in my opinion to sit in a hard chair and use a keyboard and mouse and not get that community feeling like on consoles. Is their even a Gamebattles for P.C.? I like competitive gaming, if that's viable on P.C. then I'll stand corrected, but I doubt it.

atp77777
atp77777

this better be the final release date i've been itching to get a release copy

AlfaxD_Centauro
AlfaxD_Centauro

@force_user1975 What an Ignorant, don't ever talk about PC's again man, what a shame. That is why your message is hidden.

force_user1975
force_user1975

@dok_dx 13 year olds? There might be some on the XBox 360, but I am in a clan and everyone is 18 years old and up. Most people use the party chat system on XBox anyway. I think Halo might be the only "Kid friendly" game. I never have issue's with kid's. I run with a full party every time I get on. The PS3 didn't have any issue's with annoying people because NOBODY has a headset on that console. Everyone was too broke to buy one after buying that console. The few that do have a headset sound like the drive through guy and Burger King. 23+ million online users on XBL, so of course some are going to be younger. However the average gamer's age is 35, I run into more women in their 20's and 30's that game on XBL then kids.

K_M82
K_M82

This better be the last of Sam adventure. he's at least 55 years old by now. I don't think his body can take any more punishment.

maliksarmed
maliksarmed

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johnryandaplin
johnryandaplin

@ Xx619MysterioxX bungie didn't quit, infavt they are making another game called halo:reach

Clutch22
Clutch22

well lets hope this time they don't push it back again! been looking forward to this game for a long time now, love the splinter cell series and hoping this one doesn't disapoint especially with all the delays going on lets hope it was worth the wait!

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

@The_Jackle Sure it does. Imagine two commandos having a chat about their next mission. Commando 1: "So where are you going? Commando 2: "I can't tell you." Commando 1: "Ok, well can you at least tell me when you are infiltrating your target?" Commando2: "Sure. I infiltrate April 13."

robdar602
robdar602

A guy at Game Stop told me the date was pushed back because too many games were coming out close together (Mass Effect 2, Bioshock 2, etc.) and Ubisoft/MS wanted to not have such heavy competition at release time. They want to have more of the market to themselves in April, since those who'll play ME2 & BS2 will have finished those games before then.

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

Just wait til April 1st comes around... Gamspot will tell us its delayed until further notice or cancelled. Then the next day tell us its April Fools, but it will be too late cuz people will have already reacted towards Ubisoft lol.

Xx619MysterioxX
Xx619MysterioxX

@dok_dx Your Points are Correct what you said to Force_user1975. They are all Kids, That don't Shut the **** up. Actually The Whole Community or shall i say is Percentages up for Young Gamers, Even 5 year olds. PS3, is like for the People who have the income to buy it, but that was the past, and now who wouldn't buy it. He's a Fanboy...?

dok_dx
dok_dx

@force_user1975 Community with a bunch of 13 year olds on XBox Live is what you want than more power to you. I usually end up muting most of the people/kids on Live when I'm playing Halo. / @AncientDozer I wasn't talking about money. What Co make in terms of profit doesn't mean anything to me. I'm talking about Exclusives, i.e., a reason to own a system or what games to play. I own 360 b/c of Halo. I own a PC b/c PC games tend to look and run better; also for the mods. I have a Mac b/c it's a better computer for everything else. I have a PS3 for the Blu-Ray and MGS4, Demon's Souls, U2 and other Sony exclusives that don't show up on PC. If they show up on the PC than I'll get it for the PC.

prioritymail
prioritymail

Maybe the next Ghost Recon will be dated soon also...

ShortCutToHell
ShortCutToHell

Probably the best Splinter Cell until now. I love coop campaign.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

Fine with me, I just started Mass Effect 2 and got Bioshock 2 comin down the pipe to keep me occupied well into April, if not further.