Concept art from Prince of Persia 4 suggests a very different, somewhat mystical look for The Prince.
Ubisoft has confirmed that a new Prince of Persia
game is in the works and and that it will be released in the 2008-2009 fiscal year, which starts this April.
The new Prince of Persia
will mark the first revisit to the popular, free-running series since the previous Sands of Time
trilogy came to a dramatic close with The Two Thrones
. The past trilogy was lauded for magnificent set-pieces, awesome visual style and the way the Prince grew as a character over the course of the three games; starting off naive and immature in Sands of Time
, turning into an angsty teenager in Warrior Within
and growing into a responsible adult in The Two Thrones
Ubisoft has remained tight-lipped
on the new Prince of Persia
game, but the oft-reliable Surfer Girl Reviews Star Wars
has claimed a little bit of insider knowledge.
Aside from some early, pre-alpha screenshots which show the Prince working alongside a mystical female character, Surfer Girl suggests that the new title will be a prequel to the previous trilogy and will possibly be called Prince of Persia Zero
or Prince of Persia 4: Ghosts of the Past
Surfer Girl also suggests that the game will abandon the dark, gritty atmosphere of Warrior Within
completely. Instead, the game will mark a return to the whimsy of Sands of Time
, but with dashes of Ico
thrown in for good measure.
Most interesting of all though is the suggestion that the game is the first in a brand new trilogy which eschews the time-control aspect of previous games altogether and that the second game in the series will see a release in Summer 2009 to tie-in to the film which is currently in production.
Either way, given that Ubisoft also owns the engine for Assassin's Creed
and has a proven record with platformers of this type, PoP4
could be a game to be reckoned with. What do you think? Let us know in the forums