Ubisoft overlord Yves Guillemot wants his company to turn out Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed games "more often".
"This is a long-term vision," Max Beland, creative director at Ubisoft Montreal, told Edge Online. "I'm not telling you that in a year you'll have another Splinter Cell. Right now the direction Yves gave us and where the company is going is, at one point, if the direction doesn't change, yes you're going to be seeing Splinter Cell games - just like Assassin's Creed games, just like anything else - released a little bit more often."
The upcoming Splinter Cell: Conviction may be an Xbox 360 (and PC) exclusive, but Beland says Microsoft has no such control over the rest of the series. Not yet.
"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," he said. "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 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."
Whether Sony would stump up the cash for it is another matter, of course.
Splinter Cell: Conviction will be released on 16th April on PC and Xbox 360.