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Sam Fisher goes into hiding — until 2008

Those hoping to get their hands on the next entry in the Splinter Cell franchise will have to wait in the shadows a little longer. Splinter Cell: Conviction for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 has been pushed back until early 2008, according to French publisher Ubisoft. The announcement was contained in a release detailing the company’s first-quarter earnings Tuesday, which you can read here.Splinter Cell: Conviction is yet another departure from the series’ tried-and-true stealth-based gameplay. While players will still assume the role of super-spy Sam Fisher, this time our hero will no longer have his assortment of high-tech goodies to help save the day. Instead, Fisher will have to rely on his instincts and his surroundings to stay alive.

While I’m all for innovation in gaming, I don’t agree with Ubisoft’s decision to steer the Splinter Cell series away from its roots. Splinter Cell Double Agent wasn’t an altogether bad game, but it didn’t feel like a true Splinter Cell title. But maybe it’s just me. Check out this link for a view of Splinter Cell: Conviction and decide for yourself.