Ubisoft's upcoming Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
is a return to last generation's Sands of Time
, with updated HD graphics and stunning visuals and utilizing Assassin's Creed
's Anvil engine.
The newly-released Developer Diary (which you can watch yourself via the External Link below) boasts a lot of in-game footage reiterating that, the gameplay and visual style are incredibly reminiscent of the original trilogy, with the game's Creative Director Jean-Christophe Guyot even stating that the moveset is the same as the Sands of Time Trilogy
. It's the same wall-running, column- and wall-jumping, acrobatic Prince that made those games so critically and commercially successful.
What may sound like a carbon-copy update is much more than that though, with major additions such as elemental powers, air dashing and much larger fights and battles all added fresh into the mix. The Prince can now freeze water (temporarily) to use like a wall or column to string together his acrobatics, as well as being able to manipulate other forces of nature. The battle and combat has also increased tenfold, with the Prince having to fight up to fifty enemies at once (and massive boss battles!), linking combos together while jumping, dodging and avoiding death. The game also features upgradable swords, as well as hand-to-hand combat, and, on the defensive side the Prince will have a "shield" power to help out, as well as more serious tornado powers.
The controls have also been improved since the last generation. Instead of just pressing a button and having little control over the Prince's awesome-looking acrobatics, this game promises to give a lot more control of his movements to the player with updated controls more akin to Assassin's Creed
The video also outlines the game's plot, and how it fits in between The Sands of Time
and The Warrior Within
. The Prince arrives at his brother's Kingdom following his adventure in Azad only to find it under attack by an invading army. The brothers decide to to save the Royal Palace by using the ancient power of the sand and resurrect the Sand Army, gambling the safety of the Kingdom - which naturally the Prince has to save everyone from, embarking on an epic adventure, bearing the mantle of true leadership and discovering the great cost and risk that handling great power bestows. Brothers, eh?
Skeptics, have no fear. Despite being set to release around the same time as the upcoming Jake Gylenhaal-starring PoP movie (currently set for a May release), the game is not adapted from, nor based on the movie in any way. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
is scheduled for release worldwide this May.