Today some good and bad news has surfaced concerning the fate of the Prince of Persia franchise. Last seen in the rather disappointing quasi movie tie-in that was Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Ubisoft has revealed that the time altering acrobatic Prince we know and love is being put into early retirement.
Ubisoft hasn’t said much in the way concerning the Prince of Persia franchise, mainly because of this little property called Assassin’s Creed, but Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat finally broke silence on the matter. In an interview with IGN, Mallat said that the Prince of Persia franchise is “being paused” to let the creative juices permeate more or less. While Mallat may have given a rather political response concerning PoP, his comment pretty much could be summed up as “Assassin’s Creed is our main piggy bank now so PoP is on the backburner.”
Those of you out there who have followed the Prince of Persia franchise may be disappointed to hear what Ubisoft has to say, but the franchise is living on more or less in a slightly different way. As you may recall, several images leaked last Summer of a pre-rendered trailer showing a mysterious figure in a Middle-Eastern/Egyptian environment. Absent from Ubisoft’s E3 presentation, many were led to believe that this was an early glimpse at a new Prince of Persia game.
More substantial details arose shortly thereafter with a leaked image of an in-game screen for a project called Prince of Persia Zero 2. Reportedly the latest iteration in an on-going series of reboots Ubisoft were developing for the PoP franchise, one of which was said to be set in the modern era, the leaked image showed a semblance of the Prince of Persia style yet it was clear that it was evolving into something else. Well now it appears that Ubisoft has indeed followed suit in what occasionally happens in the games biz by rebranding a game into a new experience instead of casting it aside.
A new video has leaked of this mystery Ubisoft project which is now under the name Osiris. Drawing its namesake from the Egyptian setting, the game appears to have been rebranded as a new IP separate from Prince of Persia. Previously reports swirled that Ubisoft was aiming to create an action game which combined elements of God of War with Shadows of the Colossus, but Osiris seems to now be Ubisoft’s stab at the God of War formula combined with a dash of Assassin’s Creed.
The video itself doesn’t show us any tantalizing in-game visuals as it’s merely a trailer mock-up, complete with footage of mo-cap sessions and cinematic directions. However sparse the mock-up trailer may be, it’s still easy to get a grasp of the tone Ubisoft is going since it has shades of Assassin’s Creed based on the general jest the game has (hero must vanquish evil while dealing with big drama such as earthquakes).
As of now no additional details on Osiris have surfaced, either released officially or unofficially, so we may have to wait until the Spring or the much hyped E3 2013 to receive official details on the project. I wouldn’t be too surprised if Osiris ends up being a next-gen release considering the already lengthy development time of the Prince of Persia Zero 2 concept and the material which was spun off from the remnants of it.