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No "major changes" for Splinter Cell

Drawing board phase very much over.

Ubisoft has denied that the delay to Splinter Cell: Conviction will result in significant changes to the game demonstrated at E3 just last month.

Writing on the company forums on a thread debating changes people might want to see, community developer Razz said: "Just so you know: there won't be any major changes or additions to what you saw at E3 but there may be minor tweaks/balancing."

Splinter Cell: Conviction was originally announced all the way back in 2006, but ended up back on the drawing board after a lacklustre showing at the inaugural UbiDays event in 2007 once the developers had gauged the response.

The re-imagined game still sees Sam Fisher on the hunt for his daughter's killer, but he's much more agile and has cool new gadgets like the mark-and-execute system, echoing modern cinematic spies like Jason Bourne and the rebooted James Bond.

Earlier this week Ubisoft said that Splinter Cell: Conviction and Red Steel 2 would both now be released in financial Q4, which is January to March. It said it would use the time to ensure the rest of each game lived up to their superlative E3 displays.

A new Ghost Recon game and I Am Alive also both slipped and can now be expected in Ubisoft's next financial year, which begins in April 2010.

We'll be bringing you hands-on impressions of Splinter Cell: Conviction soon, having played it under embargo prior to the delay.