The Prince of Persia HD Collection is a European-exclusive Blu-ray collection of Ubisoft's original Prince of Persia collection remastered in high definition, but that doesn't mean North America won't be able to play them. We're just not getting the Blu-ray.
Nestled within the press release for Ubisoft's first half 2010-2011 financial results are upcoming release listings for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, and Prince of Persia: the Warrior Within, all listed for the PlayStation Network. A separate entry lists the European-exclusive Prince of Persia HD Collection, which collects those three games with a high definition makeover and 3D support.
What does it mean? According to Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot, speaking during the financial results conference call, those three titles will be downloadable via the PlayStation Network. North America isn't getting a disc release, but we're still getting the games.
During the call Yves also mentioned a downloadable Splinter Cell trilogy, lending credence to earlier rumors that Splinter Cell would be getting an HD makeover as well.
No specific release dates were mentioned. The Prince of Persia HD Collection is scheduled for release in Europe on Friday, so I'd expect we'll be seeing that in North America soon.