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New Prince of Persia trilogy starts this year

New Prince of Persia trilogy starts this year

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 and Zelda 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.

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p3n 24th January 2008, 13:58 Quote
Playing through assassins creed it reminded me alot of PoP, I'd hope it would be more of an RPG type game instead of more free roaming action (which although repetative was well executed in AC)
Jamie 24th January 2008, 15:31 Quote
Hopefully Ubisoft can harness the powerful AC engine and use it to make a game with some decent mechanics and backstory.
lewchenko 24th January 2008, 15:37 Quote
Over hyped the Prince of Persia games series has become... so says Yoda !

Really... Ubisoft.. give us something new this year. 4th game in a series ... not impressed.
Solidus 24th January 2008, 21:33 Quote
I get the feeling they will be using allot of Assasins creeds positives and throwing it in this new game, visuals and so fourth. I hope they dont get the negatives of the game and iron them out.
GuardianStorm 25th January 2008, 14:23 Quote
im looking forward to this game, i really enjoyed the most recent 3, and with luck this will be as good as those :)
8igdave 26th January 2008, 17:42 Quote
ive not even played the first ones. Are they really that good? They seemed to get very frustatign around friends.
CardJoe 26th January 2008, 17:59 Quote
The first one is the best, but it's flawed because of the combat. You spend a while doing some cool platforming, storytelling etc - then you get the really hard arena battle. It's never unfair, thanks to the time warping, but it can get a bit annoying near the end. The second one is pretty good too and the combat in that is much better and more open ended. The third was my least favourite because the ending and the dark/light prince thing was a bit lame. Some puzzles are poorly designed and the race sequences were just dull.

It's definitely work buying or borrowing the first two though - you can pick SoT up for about a fiver now on old consoles or PC. I hear console is better, but I played PC and loved it so I guess it depends on your setup.
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