The original Prince of Persia, although riddled with names and themes from Aladdin, was one of those awesome original ideas that spawned out of the early gaming days for MS-DOS. It has been many years since we’ve seen Ubisoft crank out another one, but the original creator, Jordan Mechner, replied to a fan’s tweet and has alluded that he’s bringing it back!
Mechner originally released Prince of Persia in 1989 while attending film school, and worked with Broderbund Software for its sequel. Inspired by Kareteka and various films including Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Adventures of Robin Hood, Mechner, alongside the Commander Keens of the day, inspired many a 2D sidescroller thereafter.
What I’m afraid of is that since the newer Prince of Persia games inspired the extensive Assassin’s Creed franchise, they do share similar gameplay. Parkour, melee combat, and platforming puzzles are shared between both IP’s. I don’t really think Ubisoft will discount it simply thinking one will cannibalize the other’s sales, but I fear their workforce will primarily focus on the hooded dude of the brotherhood. Nevertheless, maybe Mechner will be able to claw back the IP from Ubisoft and find a new publisher to launch with.
While this single tweet doesn’t necessarily spell out that a new one is confirmed, it’s super exciting. Mechner’s comment may simply imply that he’s in talks with a publisher, with no actual team currently in development. However, since it’s been so long, perhaps it will follow in the footsteps of Tomb Raider and completely reboot the franchise. The last Prince of Persia was released in 2010, and Ubisoft has been quiet for a few years about it. But hot damn, would it be just super nice if we got a new Prince of Persia.
Just please, no radio towers. Please.
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