New Prince of Persia trilogy starts this year

Written by Joe Martin

January 24, 2008 // 12:45 p.m.

Tags: #adventure #free-run #ghosts #ico #mechner #parkour #past #persia #pop #prince #running #sands #time #two-thrones #ubisoft #warrior #within #zelda

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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