Thanks to E3 2013, we’ve recently seen trailers for a lot of exciting new sequels from Ubisoft, including the latest in its yearly staple, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and the co-operative stealth gameplay of Splinter Cell: Blacklist. The publisher’s E3 showing went over well with the masses, since the company has a decent track record with sequels, and quite a few of their series have actually become better with each new installment.
Yet in the mix of new IPs and regular installments, there was one once-great franchise left out in the cold: Prince of Persia. Now, it seems, the company may have actually been saving their best for last.
As fans of Beyond Good & Evil are acutely aware, Ubisoft isn’t a publisher to rush out a sequel before it’s ready. As such, when Ubisoft’s EMEA director Alain Corre was recently asked about a number of highly-anticipated follow-ups that have yet to be announced – including the next Prince of Persia game – he refused to say anything more committal than “they’re cooking.”
At the time, we estimated that Far Cry 4 would most likely be the next game announced, considering the blistering success of last year’s Far Cry 3, but that guess may turn out to have been off-target.
According to a new tease from Ubisoft’s official Prince of Persia Facebook page, fans of the series should “get ready for some news about Prince of Persia, starting next week.” Considering how iconic and influential the PoP games are within the history of platform gaming, the promise of a new addition to the series would be undoubtedly fantastic news … if that’s what’s being hinted at.
Remember to temper any excitement with a little caution; a similar situation occurred very recently, with Eidos-Montréal posting teasers about a new game in the Deus Ex series called Deus Ex: The Fall, which had many fans excitedly believing that it would be the next big chapter in the franchise. The wave of disappointment was palpable when the game was revealed to be an iOS exclusive spin-off game based on the tie-in novel for Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Good news for iPad and iPhone owners, perhaps, but disappointing for PC and console players who were expecting something a little more substantial.
The lesson here is that, while the announcement of a brand new full Prince of Persia game would definitely be something to get excited for, the recent comments from Corre didn’t seem to indicate that anything along those lines was in development, and more or less every recent hint at such a project has been debunked. Don’t be too disappointed if the news is about a $6.99 iPhone game, or a re-release of one of the older games for next-gen consoles.
Are you excited to hear what Ubisoft is planning for the Prince of Persia series, or are you as cynical and jaded as we are?