The Prince of Persia franchise will make its next-gen debut on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (along with PC) this fall, with a new game that’s been in development for the past three years by members of the original Prince of Persia: Sands of Time team.
Today, Ubisoft shared the first details about the game, including plot, gameplay and art style.
The first detail Ubisoft shared was also its most vague, as it simply said Prince of Persia on PS3 and Xbox 360 will have “a fresh Illustrative art style.” Will it go the route of Street Fighter IV or Viewtiful Joe? Not likely, but it sounds like the game will definitely make a departure from the “traditional” art style of the first games.
Ubisoft was much more forthcoming with gameplay and plot details, however. Here’s the info, straight from Ubisoft:
Set in a land rooted in ancient Persian mythology, the Prince finds himself caught in an epic battle between the primal forces of light and darkness: the God of Light, Ormazd versus his brother Ahriman, the destructive God of Darkness. The Prince arrives just in time to witness the destruction of the legendary Tree of Life — an act that threatens to plunge the entire world into eternal darkness. Manifested in the form of the Corruption, a dark substance that physically contaminates the land and the skies, the Prince must partner with Elika, a deadly companion, to heal the world from the evil Corruption.
A new character: Master the acrobatics, strategy and fighting tactics of the most agile warrior of all time. Grip fall down the face of a building, perform perfectly timed acrobatic combinations, swing over canyons, buildings and anything that is reachable. This new rogue warrior must utilize all of his new skills along with a whole new combat system to battle Ahriman’s corrupted lieutenants to heal the land from the dark Corruption and restore the light.
A new epic journey begins: Escape to experience the new fantasy world of ancient Persia. Masterful storytelling and sprawling environments will deliver to action-adventure fans an experience that rivals even the best Hollywood movies.
A new open world structure: A first for the Prince of Persia franchise now you have the freedom to determine how the game evolves in this non-linear adventure. Players will decide how they unfold the storyline by choosing their path in the open-ended world.
Emergence of a deadly new ally: History’s greatest ally is revealed in the form of Elika, a dynamic AI companion who joins the Prince in his fight to save the world. Gifted with magical powers, she interacts with the player in combat, acrobatics and puzzle-solving enabling the Prince to reach new heights of deadly high-flying artistry through special duo acrobatic moves or devastating fighting combo attacks.
All new for Next-Gen: The franchise’s debut on next-generation consoles utilizes Ubisoft’s proprietary Anvil engine, the same engine used to develop Assassin’s Creed.