What you need to know
- Prince of Persia is an iconic third-person franchise from Ubisoft.
- We haven't gotten a new game since 2010's Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.
- Prince of Persia: Redemption was a failed pitch that occurred eight years ago.
- The gameplay looks bombastic, but it's quite linear.
Prince of Persia is one of the most iconic video game franchises of all time, and we haven't seen a new entry since Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands that came out in 2010. However, it turns out that Ubisoft Montreal pitched a new game, Prince of Persia: Redemption, to the higher-ups some eight years ago. Unfortunately, it was rejected, but the video of that pitch was finally posted to YouTube.
Prince of Persia: Redemption seems like it has the same overall aesthetic as Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, but with a possibly different main character. It also seems like it takes place in the same city. However, there's some challenging combat involved, particularly when it comes to bosses and mini-bosses. The video gives you a good taste of the gameplay.
Prince of Persia: Redemption looks spectacular, but with the move towards open-world games, it seems a little dated. In order to revive the franchise, I think Ubisoft needs to take Prince of Persia the Assassin's Creed route and open it up. The ability to explore ancient Persia and take part in a grounded story — maybe with some mysticism — would be amazing.
Recently, Ubisoft registered the domain of Prince of Persia 6. This could mean that a new game is in the works, separate from the failed Prince of Persia: Redemption. Hopefully, Ubisoft will announce a new project soon because it's been way too long. It's one of the most valuable franchises the company is just sitting on.
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