Tuesday 16 July 2013

Prince of Persia is not dead!

I meant the franchise..

Read an article from GameSpot where Ubisoft's senior vice president of marketing and sales Tony Key says that the Prince of Persia franchise isn't over. There will still be more games but probably not anytime soon..

Taken from GameSpot: Finally, Key told anyone hoping for a new Prince of Persia title on consoles to remain patient. "Prince of Persia, it’s got a really strong legacy with Ubisoft and it’s still there. We have nothing to announce, but, you know, we haven’t sold it off or given it away, so be patient. I know that’s hard!"

That's great news! I have been wanting a new PoP game for quite sometime now. I enjoyed the 2008 Prince of Persia and was hoping for a sequel. Sadly, that never came...

I have a special connection with the Prince of Persia games.. especially The Sands of Time and the 2008 game. There is that special feeling playing those games. The chemistry between the Prince and Farah/ the Prince and Elika was like watching an action-romance flick (No I don't enjoy watching romance flicks!!). I don't know how to say it but playing through those games had a very different touch to it. Maybe it's the "damsel-in-distress" thing and the Prince that comes to save the day.. some really amazing stories.

Surprisingly, the Sands of Time game was actually introduced to me by my dad. At that time, I had a PS2 and still being in school, my dad used to buy games for my brother and me. Of course, when we had spare cash, we bought our own games but for the most part it was our dad. As much as he was strict and would scold us for playing too much, he's the same person who would be buying us games. That's my dad for you.. My mum used to complain a lot about that..

Anyway, I believe he was passing by one of those game shops around the neighbourhood back then and decided to get us something new. So, he called home to check what games we wanted. I can't remember how the conversation actually went but it certainly didn't include anything regarding Prince of Persia. At that time, we knew nothing about Prince of Persia.

Apparently, the shopkeeper had recommended this Prince of Persia game to him and my dad being the "easily-convinced" person that he is, did actually get the game. So when he came home and showed us the games he bought, we didn't know what to make of it. My dad, however, was convinced that it was a "Highly-rated game that won plenty of awards. A lot of people are asking for it and it's always sold out! You guys should try!".

Of course back then, we had all the time in the world for games, so we did try it. I was hooked. My brother was also very impressed with it and we wanted the other games in the series. It was one of the best games we ever played!

I still consider the Sands of Time ending to be my personal best. When Farah dies and the Prince, in a fit of rage, rewinds time all the way back to the start of the game, she doesn't remember a thing. Even after the Prince tells her the story, she doesn't actually buy it so the Prince leaves it at that. The soundtrack that plays after that at the end credits still gives me goosebumps whenever I listen to it..

I swear the ending was just amazing... seriously gave me goosebumps.. I have to say its a truly haunting soundtrack...

I think they tried to replicate the ending in the 2008 game. That ending was also amazing but I still prefer the original one. I was initially disappointed with the new art style and new Prince but after playing through it, I loved it just as much. Very disappointed they didn't continue with the story.

Then there is the teaser couple of months back on a new game? What happened to that? 

Hmm.. it's hard to say this but I'll say it.. I love Assassin's Creed, the franchise is awesome and I love it. But sometimes I wish that Ubisoft will take a step back from Assassin's Creed and put their efforts into a Prince of Persia.. 

From the GameSpot Article, it seems my wish is finally coming true.. Feels like my eyes are tearing up in joy...

Source: GameSpot