With the next installment of the Splinter Cell gracing the Xbox 360 and PC in the form of Splinter Cell: Conviction this April, many have speculated that we might just see Sam Fisher once again on a Playstation platform. Well let’s not hold our breathe.
Recently, EDGE got some interesting feedback from Ubisoft Montreal’s Max Beland, Splinter Cell: Conviction Creative Director when asked about the future of the franchise on the PS3;
“I don’t see why it wouldn’t. 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.”
As EDGE points out, unlike Microsoft who’s strategy has been to buy out timed exclusives while mainly focusing on 3rd party support to push their hardware, Sony plans to invest more in first-party development this generation as we can see in their recent acquiring of Media Molecule.
Rob Dyer, senior vice president of publisher relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America, speaks on first-party development and 3rd party support;
“They have very few first-party studios at Microsoft,” he 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.”