Nintendo certainly didn't waste time with its Q1 Media Summit opening remarks this morning, packing the 90-minute session with release dates for first-party games, such as Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M. The publisher also touched upon third-party wares, announcing that Ubisoft's Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands will arrive for the Wii on May 18.
Ubisoft has subsequently confirmed for GameSpot that the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, DSi, and DS installments of The Forgotten Sands will also arrive on May 18. The publisher did not indicate when the PC edition of the game would be available and had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.
Announced in November, The Forgotten Sands marks a return to the Sands of Time trilogy that began with the successful 2003 relaunch of the Prince of Persia series. As has been previously announced, the Wii and DS editions of the game will be distinct from their Xbox 360, PS3, and PSP counterparts, bearing gameplay developed specifically for the two platforms.
Ubisoft has been relatively quiet on the two Nintendo versions, though the House of Mario did say today that the Wii edition of Forgotten Sands will support cooperative gameplay. The Wii version will also feature a remake of the SNES edition of Prince of Persia, originally released in 1992.
Detailed last week in GameSpot's first look, The Forgotten Sands on Microsoft and Sony's platforms tracks The Prince's exploits during the seven-year timeline gap between 2003's The Sands of Time and 2004's Warrior Within. Notably, the game returns to The Sands of Time trilogy's more representational aesthetic, rather than the illustrative art style seen in 2008's well-received Prince of Persia.
The game will be released the same month as the big-budget film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. The reportedly $200 million adaptation premieres May 28 in the US and is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean) and directed by Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Donnie Brasco). Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the film was cowritten by Jordan Mechner, who created the first Prince of Persia game in 1989.