Oh yeah, you can tell E3 is around the corner when Ubi announces their new Prince of Persia game. I don't mean this in a negative way as both games have been solid (especially the first), it just means another game to check out this year and another game I'm going to have to squeeze in during the Christmas rush later this year.
There aren't a lot of details in the press release but it looks like you'll get to play as another character besides the prince, a new fighting system, and a new story line (which looks more like the darker story of the second game rather than the lighter story from the first). Check out the press release for all of the goodies.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA â€“ APRIL 25, 2005 â€“ Today Ubisoft, one of the worldâ€™s largest videogame publishers, announced that it is developing Prince of PersiaÂ® 3 (working title) for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft, the Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢ and the PC-CD Rom. Scheduled for release in the second half of 2005, Prince of Persia 3 is the third volume in the award-winning Prince of PersiaÂ® franchise. Blending the best features from the first two installments (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Timeâ„¢ and Prince of Persia Warrior Withinâ„¢) with the talent, vision and ingenuity of Ubisoftâ€™s development teams, Prince of PersiaÂ® 3 will enliven the franchise with a vitality â€“ and plenty of unexpected twists â€“ that will impress and satisfy long-time fans and newcomers alike. Prince of PersiaÂ® 3 will be showcased at the Electronic Entertainment Expo May 18 - 20 at Ubisoftâ€™s booth, #1300 in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.
â€œPrince of PersiaÂ® 3 promises to be THE best instalment in the legendary franchise,â€ said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing for Ubisoft. â€œBy combining two playable characters in a masterly balanced gameplay, with the perfect mix of acrobatic moves and a compelling storyline, the Prince of Persia will appeal to both Sands of Time and Warrior Within fans alike. The Prince is back to reclaim his kingdom, and he has a few surprises in storeâ€¦â€
About Prince of PersiaÂ® 3 (working title):
The Prince of Persia, a seasoned warrior, returns from the Island of Time to Babylon with his love, Kaileena. Instead of the peace that he longs for, he finds his homeland ravaged by war and the kingdom turned against him. The Prince is rapidly captured and Kaileena has no choice but to sacrifice herself and unleash the Sands of Time in order to save him. Now cast out on the streets and hunted as a fugitive, the Prince soon discovers that past battles have given rise to a deadly Dark Prince, whose spirit gradually possesses him. Game features include:
â€¢ Play and master two distinct characters: Wield the powers and weapons of two master warriors with different combat styles, attitudes, and histories.
â€¢ Choose your way to fight: Master the expanded Free-Form Fighting system to destroy enemies in your own style; strangle enemies from afar with the deadly Daggertail; or surprise them with full-speed one-shot kills using a brand new stealth art. The choice is yours.
â€¢ Battle freely through Babylon: Dominate enemies on the perilous rooftops, dodge through chaotic streets, and ambush pursuers in dark, underground passageways.
â€¢ Immerse yourself in a dramatic story: Experience unparalleled depth in storytelling as you fight your way through a twisting tale filled with adrenaline, tension and discovery.
â€¢ Manipulate time to surprise enemies: Execute powerful attacks against entire armies by slowing down or rewinding time, or surprise them by using some all-new Sands of Time powers.
â€¢ Experience a masterful blend of gameplay: True to the Prince of PersiaÂ® franchise, the game provides a variety of action combat, agility and story-driven puzzles â€“ all masterfully blended together into a rich gaming experience.