Splinter Cell: Conviction, the premier Sam-Fisher-starring sneak-'em-up of 2010, is now backward compatible on Xbox One.
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"Fisher? You'll pay for what you did to Robertson! Hear me, Fisher? This won't end like it did at the airfield!"
Ubisoft Montreal has revealed why some hardcore stealth features failed to make it into April's Xbox 360 and PC game Splinter Cell: Conviction.
Ubisoft game developer Jade Raymond is working on Splinter Cell 6 at the publisher's Toronto studio.
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PC and Xbox 360 game Splinter Cell: Conviction sold nearly 2m copies from launch until the end of June, Ubisoft has revealed.
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Deniable Ops expansion for stealthy shooter.
Ubisoft has announced that the Splinter Cell: Conviction Insurgency Pack will be released on 27th May.
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Splinter Cell: Conviction Xbox 360 owners will be able to download the Ghost Recon: Future Soldier beta without having to input a code.
That's according to a leaflet included with copies of the spy game, which went on sale on Friday (thanks VG247).
"Once the beta is available, you'll be able to download it through the news feed on the main menu of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction, free of charge and with no codes required," it said.
The irony in calling the reinvention of a long-established series Conviction, only to flip-flop on what exactly that reinvention should look like, is writ large across Splinter Cell's recent history. We're now three years on from Ubisoft's original release date for Sam Fisher's fifth outing, a development hell seemingly spent groping in the dark for exactly what a stealth game should look and play like, post-Kojima.
The answer, it appears, is nothing much like a stealth game at all. Fisher has found alacrity in his middle age, his sneaking now less about cowering from torch beams than dashing, Dark Knight-like, from silent takedown to takedown. There are still echoes of the series' tradition of planning and executing skulk attacks, but new-found pace and accessibility makes this more of an action game than ever before.
Where once Splinter Cell was the primary preserve of the patiently cruel - those players happy to memorise enemy patrol patterns, lay elaborate traps and find thrill in the crumple of a single adversary - Conviction invites Jack Bauer into its lead role, then dresses him up like a ninja.
Ubisoft claims to have fixed a problem which caused Splinter Cell: Conviction to freeze during gameplay.
Update: As expected, Ubisoft has confirmed this isn't a problem in Europe. "Europe has a separate collector's edition which does not contain a USB drive, so is not affected by this issue," it said in a statement.
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Ubisoft has revealed that Splinter Cell: Conviction on the PC will now be released on 30th April, two weeks after the Xbox 360 version.
Tom Clancy has put a Splinter Cell: Conviction demo on Xbox Live.
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Ubisoft Montreal has confirmed that it's working on Splinter Cell: Conviction demo.
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Sofa co-op is oh-Fisher-all.
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Full game's out in late February.
It's okay everyone, the nastiness and xenophobia is all over. America and Russia are videogaming friends again. All these years of digital conflict, and suddenly it's all resolved. Splinter Cell: Conviction's multiplayer features a US agent and a Russian agent working not against each other, but together for the common good. Is this a videogaming first? Probably not, but I'm going to say it is anyway, because I like making grand statements. For instance: cats are smarter than monkeys. Baked beans can cure leprosy.
Ubisoft has unveiled the Collector's Edition of Splinter Cell: Conviction.
Due out alongside the regular game for PC and Xbox 360 on 26th February, the Conviction CE consists of the game, a statue of Sam Fisher wearing Jason Bourne's top and crushing some Third Echelon goggles under his foot, an official soundtrack featuring "more than 17 tracks" and a steelbook case.
There are also in-game goodies included, most notably "Infiltration Mode", where you must "eliminate all hostiles in the mission area without being detected". You also get a special playable skin ("Shadow Armour"), and early access to the SC300, SR2 and MP5 weapons.
Ubisoft plans to release a Splinter Cell: Conviction demo early in the New Year.
Ubisoft plans to offer advertisers a variety of opportunities to promote their wares within Splinter Cell: Conviction, according to a presentation at a Microsoft event in New York yesterday.
Ubisoft has whipped the wrappers off the Collector's Edition of Splinter Cell: Conviction, due February on PC and Xbox 360.
Sam Fisher's goes rogue.
Ubisoft has announced that Splinter Cell: Conviction will be released for PC and Xbox 360 on 23rd February in the US.
Only three years have passed since the last Splinter Cell game, Double Agent, took a bow and received the critical acclaim to which the series had become accustomed, but it feels a lot longer. After four releases in four years, the series' hiatus wasn't deliberate - Conviction had been scheduled for release in late 2007 - but after a mixed outing at the inaugural Ubidays that May, the game disappeared from radars amidst rumours the team had gone back to the drawing board.
Much has changed since Sam Fisher retreated into the shadows under cover of nervous write-ups at Ubidays 2007. He's had a haircut, for a start, and he's bought some clothes that fit, including Jason Bourne's sweater. He's also, to judge by the opening sequence of the first playable press demo - a mash-up of the opening two levels of the game proper - relocated to the flashback bathroom where Craig, Daniel Craig popped his double-oh cherry in Casino Royale. But the most important thing for fans will be that he's found his old feet. Conviction is unmistakeably Splinter Cell. The goggles have gone, but Sam is still there, sneaking around and doing unbelievable things under cover of darkness.
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Ubisoft has revealed that both Splinter Cell: Conviction and Red Steel 2 have been delayed until the first three calendar months of 2010.
Ubisoft has confirmed multiplayer for the new-look Splinter Cell: Conviction that was unveiled proper at E3 this year.
"We're going to have a multiplayer, but I can't talk about it anymore than that. It's part of the things we're going to announce during the summer," producer Alexandre Parizeau told Joystiq.
"DLC? Yes, it's always part of our strategies. We always want to keep the content fresh, so as soon as the team is done with the game we can move on and continue expanding the experience," he added, cementing the May promise of post-release content for Conviction, Assassin's Creed 2 and James Cameron's Avatar.
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The instruction booklet for Splinter Cell: Double Agent describes 29 different actions Sam Fisher can perform. There are individual sub-sections later on dealing with hacking, safe-cracking, mine assembly, email decryption, and bomb-defusal. Overall, the game uses every single button on the Xbox 360 pad several times over.
If you've been loitering around Eurogamer TV this morning you will have noticed the first ever trailer for Splinter Cell: Conviction.
The video emerged from the Ubisoft event in Paris, and shows Sam Fisher getting into various dust-ups in normal everyday environments. But rather than use high-tech gadgets to gain the edge, he uses the crowd, his fists, and objects around him to prevail.
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The next game in the Splinter Cell series will be called Conviction, and it will be heading to Xbox 360 and PC at the end of the year.
Evidence is mounting that the next game in the Splinter Cell series will be called Conviction.