So I can’t say I’m happy about this at all but I trust that Ubisoft knows what they are doing. Ubisoft has revealed that the highly anticipated Splinter Cell: Blacklist won’t be released until August 20th for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Sorry Wii U fans, no word yet on whether or not you’ll get in on the action.
The unfortunate news was delivered by the game’s Senior Producer, Alex Parizeau. He actually at least provided a decent amount of detail about why the game was delayed by saying:
“We hope you enjoyed the new Splinter Cell Blacklist trailer. You likely all noticed the launch date for the game – August 20th, 2013 in North America (August 22nd in Europe).
We’ve said it before, but this truly is the biggest game in the series – it has a huge scope. We’ve created a massive amount of content across all the game modes, from single player, to co-op and multiplayer, and we feel strongly that the game will benefit from taking the time we need for polish. We all saw how that decision helped another great Ubisoft franchise this past year with Far Cry and we have the same high expectations for our title. Splinter Cell Blacklist will have full support for a for a wide variety of play styles from Ghost, to Panther, to Assault, combined with a completely universal economy system are intricate and require a high level of tweaking and balance. We’ve put a great deal of effort into creating this game, and we do it all for you, our fans.
We’ve got big things planned for Splinter Cell over the next few months. 2013 is going to be a big year for Sam and 4th Echelon. And a huge thanks from our team at Ubisoft for all the support and excitement you show for our game.“
So there you have it folks, one of my Top 10 most anticipated games of the year is now going to be coming our way a lot later than many of us had hoped. As has become the custom over the past few years, in order to soften the blow about the delay, Ubisoft released a brand new trailer for the game which you can watch below, shoutout to IGN for that.