Police stops Splinter Cell PR stunt in New Zealand

By Johnny Cullen, Monday, 19 April 2010 08:36 GMT

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When you start pointing fake plastic guns at civilians like you’re Sam Fisher, it’s not going to end well.

Police in New Zealand had to be called in after a man ran about the district of Viaduct Basin in Auckland pointing a weapon at people, who had to take cover as he was covering the area and aiming the weapon.

Authorities soon turned up and figured out that the person running about was actually a PR rep promoting Splinter Cell: Conviction as viral marketing, but were still not pleased at what had gone on.

A PR firm which represents Ubisoft in the country, Monaco Corporation, apologized for what had happened before pointing the blame at another company which it had organized it with, stating the move “was just marketing gone wrong.”

Splinter Cell: Conviction is out now on Xbox 360, with an April 29 release for PC. Read our interview with its creative director Maxime BĂ©land here. First 20 minutes of it is here.

Thanks, Kotaku.

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