Ubisoft Turns Back Time With Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Ubisoft uses the Dagger of Time to roll back the Prince of Persia franchise with Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, a new game in the Sands of Time storyline to coincide with the release of Disney's feature film.

With the major motion picture purely focused on the Sands of Time storyline, Ubisoft puts it's cel-shaded franchise reboot on hold in order to deliver a new tale that will be more familiar to fans of the Jake Gyllenhaal version of the prince. The announcement backs up claims made by GameDaily back in June of last year regarding a movie tie-in game. It also answers a question raised by the Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands trademark that popped up in September.

We're not sure if The Forgotten Sands will be a direct movie tie-in featuring the likenesses of actors playing the parts in the film, or simply a side-story in the Sands of Time universe. All we know so far is that the game will feature "fan-favorite elements from the original series," along with some new innovations.

Speaking during Ubisoft's second half 2009 financial results, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot says the game will target both the hardcore and the more casual gamer.

"The goal is to reach both audiences, the core and casual gamers. It will be a game that will have lots of combat, with the possibility for gamers that are not as good - a level for beginners. In that sense we are trying to cover both groups."

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is due out in May for consoles and handhelds.


    What's the bet "consoles and handhelds" translates to "Wii and DS"?

    Noooooooooooo. Was I the only one that absolutely loved the prince of persia reboot? I was saying only yesterday, upon finishing AC2 how much I hope they make a sequel to it.
    This is unfortunate news indeed, it was a beautiful game, in all respects, it had its flaws, but surely not enough to be replaced by a movie tie-in?

      Nope, I absolutely loved it too. While I was quite a fan of the Sands of Time trilogy (although I am happy to pretend that Warrior Within never happened), I was quite keen on the new direction they were taking with the license. It probably helped that I was looking for a lighter game to play during that time to avoid burning out on more intensive games, but the reboot absolutely blew me away. What an amazing experience that was... *sighs*

      I'm seriously hoping that this isn't a direct sequel to the Sands of Time trilogy, and rather a cheap film-version reimagining, as I'd hate to have to go back to Sands of Time at the loss of reboot PoP.

    lol a game based on a movie based on a game....

    I have an awful feeling they're going to do the reboot gameplay in the original universe.


    I hated the reboot gameplay.

      I doubt that Ubisoft will ever be revisiting the "original universe" except as remakes. Prince of Persia, Prince of Persia 2 and Prince of Persia 3D are at this point pretty much a closed book.

      But I'm guessing you're referring to the Sands of Time trilogy. So bear in mind the large number of people who came into the series at the reboot, who'll be wondering what all this "Sands of Time" nonsense in the movie is about and how exactly it relates to Elika and Ahriman.

    It's Ubisoft. PROBABLY this means that the Ubisoft Montreal team is still at work on the sequel to the most recent Prince of Persia with a fresh infusion of staff coming off Assassin's Creed 2 and onto PoP, while MEANWHILE one of the less distinguished Ubisoft teams rolls out a quick-and-dirty movie tie-in to fill a hole in the May schedule.

    If this was a PoP they had confidence in they'd be holding it back until November 2010; that they're announcing it less than half a year from release means it's probably not a key entry in the franchise.

      BTW, November 2010 will almost certainly coincide with the PoP movie DVD release, which would make it a particularly great time to have your next triple-A Prince title ready to ship.

    If this turns out to be a AAA title for systems other than those with the Nintendo logo, then I am quite excited. I loved the Sands of Time trilogy and it would be awesome to have that old time-rewinding technology updated for today's tech!

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