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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Like precious drops of life-giving water in a barren, dust-strewn landscape, details on Ubisoft’s new Prince of Persia game – slated to launch across all major gaming consoles in just a matter of months – have been excruciatingly scarce. Even the teaser trailer below left fans choking in the desert sands, desperate for real information. After chatting with Director of Level Design Michael McIntyre at a recent Ubisoft press event, however, we’ve managed to scavenge a few draughts of early intel on the game to temporarily slake your thirst.

Forgotten Sands ties back into the Sands of Time trilogy and features the titular Prince from those games, rather than the rebooted Prince character from 2008’s Prince of Persia title. This new tale takes place during a gap between Sands of Time and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. “[During that gap] there were all these adventures that the character went on that we never really talked about, so now we’re making a game based on one of those adventures,” McIntyre says. “It doesn’t have anything to do with the whole time story.”

Without going into a lot of specific detail, he outlined Forgotten Sands’ initial story premise for us. “Our prince character is going to visit his brother’s kingdom, and when he arrives he finds the kingdom is under attack. He’s essentially trying to help out this brother.” This better explains the action found in the trailer footage above, with scenes of a desert city under siege. Billowing clouds of smoke emanate from the battleground, while combatants are gutted by a surge of undead warriors. Amidst the chaos and crumbling buildings, the Prince nimbly darts his way through the wreckage and climbs to the top of a tall spire where he’s greeted by a massive, demonic-looking sand beast that towers over the ruined city. Yes, the “dark secret” the narrator professes to be hidden within the sand does not appear to be a friendly one.

As expected, Forgotten Sands won’t deviate from the action-oriented platforming gameplay the series is known for. The Prince’s acrobatic maneuvers, the puzzles and combat will all be very similar to Sands of Time. “We’re really trying to evoke the same spirit of that trilogy, so it’s all going to be very reminiscent of that,” says McIntyre. In the trilogy, the prince had a bevy of slick moves and magical, time-altering powers. McIntyre confirmed that the ability to rewind time to get out of sticky situations will return, but the remainder of the Prince’s powers this time around will focus on the elements of nature.

Though we weren’t fortunate enough to steal a glimpse of the game in action, the trailer shows the cel-shaded visual style from the recent Prince of Persia game has been ditched in favor of a look that better matches the Sands of Time series. It’s pretty slick, and we’re anxious to get our hands on some Princely action soon. Forgotten Sands is scheduled to launch in May 2010 for consoles and handheld gaming platforms alike. Keep your eyes peeled here for more details as they come out.

Jan 21, 2010

18 comments

  • Nisan - February 4, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    The Prince of Persia games have and always will be a blast, I've played them all even the ones for sega gen. and super nintendo, still play them all today. No matter what they throw into a Prince of Persia game as long as the Prince is agile no ones gonna care. people enjoy the rush of running on walls and being suspended high up in the air. keep the elements of surprise, suspense, and the Sands of Time feel and this game will sell amazingly
  • DrLovez69 - January 28, 2010 11:36 p.m.

    Prince will still be the biggest queer ever. no matter what. He is Jake Gylnnhal (spelt?) in the movie for christs sake. DEBATE OVER.
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  • frmonth - January 24, 2010 8 p.m.

    All this talk of prince of persia has made me more interested in picking up 2008 prince of persia and the trailer makes me care very little about the new one.
  • saintthedogg - January 24, 2010 3 a.m.

    i was very disappointed with the 2008 "reboot" ... i got it on name alone (my fault) and found out too late it was a children's game. hopefully this one will be the game i thought i was buying last time - i will wait and watch proper gameplay videos this time though :-)
  • inconceivable - January 23, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    I don't want them to "invoke the spirit of the trilogy." I want them to invoke the spirit of the Sands of Time.
  • Yeager1122 - January 22, 2010 8 p.m.

    Lets hope it goes more the sand of time root this time.
  • The_Tingler - January 22, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    Would look forward to this, but the absence of new information coupled with a very close release date - that just so happens to coincide with a certain filmic adaptation - doesn't inspire me with confidence.
  • wkdtkd - January 22, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    Um...its called "The Forgotten Sands" Last time I checked sand and dirt is brown... Its definitely reminding me of Sands Of Time anyways, LOVED that game
  • SoonerMagic52 - January 22, 2010 2:37 a.m.

    I still play Sands of Time to this day, it's one of my favorite games.
  • Defguru7777 - January 22, 2010 1:55 a.m.

    @John-117 I also enjoy more "cartoony" games. Helps suspend realism. Haven't played 2008's Prince of Persia yet, but I plan to. It would be cool if they had the Dahaka from Warrior Within in this game. At least a cameo. The Dahaka was the one good thing to come out of Warrior Within (not that I didn't like it, but it was the worst of the three Sands of Time games). Also, wasn't there a crappy DS Prince of Persia game that also took place between The Sands of Time and Warrior Within.
  • key0blade - January 22, 2010 12:52 a.m.

    BROWN
  • hortys - January 22, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    this article says the game is slated for MAY? yeah right, not only is this ubisoft we're talking about, but we'd definitely know more about the game if it were actually coming out in less then 5 months..
  • RedOutlive10 - January 21, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    I just hope Ubisoft tries to stick with the strong points of Sands of Time, like the Prince's personality and the music, that fits well with the setting. Please no more douchebag protagonists and hardcore music garbage for the game.
  • Sebastian16 - January 21, 2010 9:49 p.m.

    The Prince of Persia games have always been lame.
  • John-117 - January 21, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    I much prefer the cel-shaded look, the graphics here just look like a tonne of next-gen brown.

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