Surprise, surprise. Ubisoft today announced that Splinter Cell: Conviction which was expected to be released this year still has been pushed back to Ubisoft’s fiscal fourth quarter – which starts on January 1, 2010 and goes on to April.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot on the delays:
“We are disappointed that we have to postpone the release of several major games but we consider that this choice is the best one in the longterminterests of Ubisoft. Lastly, we are having to adjust our full-year targets to take into account the fall in business over the first half. The excellent response to our games at E3, as well as the high buzz generated for titles such as Assassin’s Creed 2, Splinter Cell Conviction and Avatar, reinforce our belief that the company can achieve strong growth in the second half of the fiscal year.”
Joining Splinter Cell: Conviction on the Ubisoft delay list is Red Steel 2, Ghost Recon and I Am Alive. Suddenly the first four months of next year are shaping up to be very expensive.