A series that has suffered from several critical road bumps, Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia still remains one of their most notable franchises with many fans of the platforming action titles awaiting news on a new game after 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands. Post E3 2013, the Head of Ubisoft Europe, Alain Corre, even revealed to the media that all of Ubisoft’s key franchises have something “cooking,” also admitting that “some are cooking longer than others, but they’re cooking.”
Ubisoft was quick to try and distinguish the flames back then as Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag took center stage – bolstered by the impressive early unveiling of Tom Clancy’s The Division – but as a tweet from an Ubisoft employee suggests, the publisher and developer are finally ready to reveal a brand new Prince of Persia game.
The tweet comes hot off the heels of the report that not only is a new Prince of Persia game incoming but it is also set to be a 2D sidescroller running on Ubisoft’s UbiArt Framework engine which has been used to power the unique art styles of limbless protagonist Rayman in both Rayman Legends and Rayman Origins – the engine also behind upcoming JRPG, Child of Light. Interestingly enough, all of the games that UbiArt has been used on so far fall into the platforming genre, lending credence the the suggestion that the next Prince of Persia will indeed be a sidescrolling title.
This tweet from Ubisoft Reflections engineer Drew James is perhaps the biggest breadcrumb of all in the path to the next Prince of Persia title. In the tweet (which you can see in the image above), James tweeted “What next for #PrinceofPersia” also attaching an image depicting the evolution of Prince of Persia whilst using Twitter’s mention feature to inform other key Ubisoft Twitter accounts (including that of a lead Ubi designer, Jade Raymond) of the tweet.
It seems that James’ haste in tweeting about the game got the Ubisoft Reflections engineer, a studio that is currently working on racing MMO, The Crew, into a bit of hot water as his Twitter account was promptly deleted, erasing the original tweet and the Prince of Persia teaser photo with it. While the deletion of James’ account slathers more red paint onto Ubisoft’s hands than a drunken decorator, the photo itself suggests plenty about the direction that the series is headed in. It depicts the evolution of Prince of Persia as a 16 bit title, a 3D model, a Disney film tie-in and a cel-shaded edition in the series, suggesting that the titular Prince’s next career move will be just as drastic.
If the rumors are to be believed and the radio silence from Ubisoft (who have not denied that a new Prince of Persia game is in the works) indicates anything, we’ll likely hear more about the game at E3 2014 in June.