Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat has cryptically told VideoGamer.com "there is always hope" for PS3-owning fans of upcoming action-fest Splinter Cell: Conviction, despite the game being a "true Microsoft exclusive".

Mallat was speaking to VideoGamer.com last night after a London screening of Assassin's Creed: Lineage, the short film that fuses live actors with computer generated images.

Splinter Cell: Conviction, due out exclusively on Xbox 360 and PC in February next year, was described by Ubisoft in a "dev Q&A" as "a true Microsoft exclusive title". In the June post, the French company insisted "there are no plans to have Splinter Cell Conviction on other platforms".

Just so there's no confusion, here's how our chat with Mallat went down:

VideoGamer.com: We're a multiplatform website, and we have many PS3-owning readers who would love to play Splinter Cell: Conviction. Do you have any message for them? Is there any hope for them regarding the game?

Yannis Mallat: There is always hope.

VideoGamer.com: Does that mean Splinter Cell: Conviction might come to the PS3?

Yannis Mallat: I can't predict the future. But it's good to hear that people who can't play Splinter Cell are willing to.

While Mallat's comments do not confirm Conviction's arrival on the PS3, they are cryptic enough to suggest Splinter Cell's days on PS3 may not be over.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction will be released on February 26, 2010, exclusively for Xbox 360 and Windows PC. For more on the game head over to our game page.

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