Today’s news roundup sees a Ubisoft CEO suggest Splinter Cell will forever remain on the Xbox 360, Sony reveal the extravagant God of War 3 Collector’s Edition, and Microsoft begin banning hundreds of members of Xbox Live for playing pirated games.
Splinter Cell to Remain on Xbox 360 for Time Being
Splinter Cell is typically seen as more of an Xbox game than anything else, even though the franchise appeared on the PS2 and GameCube. This generation however, it looks like Ubisoft are keen to keep the series on the Xbox 360, most likely in exchange for a big fat pile of money. When Ubisoft Toronto and Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat was questioned on the likelihood of Splinter Cell appearing on the PS3 or elsewhere, he replied “Until further notice [the franchise is staying on Xbox 360]. However, I'm only the one making the games, you should talk to the people in Paris [for a final answer].”
Microsoft is notorious for their timed exclusives, releasing a game before anyone else to forever associate the game with the 360. This will most likely be the case with Splinter Cell: Conviction, eventually seeing release on the PS3 and PC. [GamingUnion]
God of War 3 Collector’s Edition Revealed
Collector’s editions seem to get bigger and badder with every new release that appears on the shelves. Halo 3 kicked the whole thing off with their ‘Legendary’ edition of Halo 3. Since then a number of ludicrous collector’s edition has been announced, including night-vision goggles for the prestige edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Sony has now joined in on the fun, announcing the “Ultimate Edition” for God of War 3, due for release next year.
The release offers all the usual stuff you can expect with any collector’s edition, including: a limited edition art book, exclusive downloadable content vouchers, a “Dominus” skin for Kratos, a documentary on the making-of, and the original soundtracks for the entire God of War trilogy. The whole lot comes packaged in a gigantic 8.3” wide x 10.5” long x 5.9” tall replica of Pandora’s Box, taken from the first God of War. No price has been confirmed, but expect to pay upwards of £70 for the pack. [1UP]
Microsoft Begin Mass Banning On Xbox Live
Microsoft has recently begun a mass banning on Xbox Live of anyone owning a modded console and playing pirate copies of games. According to a Microsoft spokesperson "We have taken action against a small percentage of consoles that have been modified to play pirated game discs. In line with our commitment to combat piracy and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of our Xbox LIVE community, we are suspending these modded consoles from Xbox LIVE."