Hidden amongst the data in Ubisoft's most recent earnings report
is the tidbit that Splinter Cell: Double Agent
will be pushed back: "The game will be launched in the first half 2006/07 and not in the fourth quarter of 2005/06 ending March 31, as originally planned." The excuse? The delay was attributed to "synchronising the release of the game on the various gaming platforms" So, what does that mean? The first half of the '06/'07 fiscal year is Apr - Sept. Could we see a release date as late as Sept. 30th? At the very least, we know the streak of March Splinter Cell
games is over. Hopefully, it'll release in June or July, giving all of us a quality game in the heat of summer. Oh, and if you're wondering how Ubisoft fared financially...
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Ubisoft had record sales, however, that didn't stop them from lowering forecasts due to a soft software market, slower than expected sales of King Kong and a console cycle that is at the transition point. You can read the article for more details.