Ah, it seemed too good to be true. With about a month until Splinter Cell Conviction's release, it seems Ubisoft is delaying the game.

"Splinter Cell Conviction has been delayed - will not arrive at the end of February," tweeted GameTrailers TV host Geoff Keighley. "Splinter Cell's new release date is April 2010."

Conviction was first announced way back in E3 2007 and was scheduled to be released during that holiday season. It missed that date and was then put on hold for awhile as the development team reworked it. It was rescheduled for a holiday 2009 release but then pushed into 2010.

To balance out the bad news, Keighley tweeted some good news: "In earnings release Ubi also mentioned a new Assassins Creed 'episode' with an online multiplayer mode is coming this year." This would be the first time the series received a multiplayer component so that's pretty cool. It's not clear whether it's a new game or simply an add-on for Assassin's Creed II. The latter seems more likely, given the time frame.

Update: The information came from a financial release sent out by Ubisoft. It also mentions that strategy game R.U.S.E. has been pushed back to Ubisoft's 2010-11 fiscal year, which runs from April 1st, 2010 to March 31st, 2011.
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