Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands swirling May 18

Ubisoft's acrobatic heir given firm date on Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Wii, DS; Nintendo console installment includes 1992 SNES edition.

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.

The Prince returns to rock the cradle of civilization.

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.

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demondogx
demondogx

Stop dicking around with this IP and make a real prince of persia game already!

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

It's Just God of war 3 gameplay wrapped up in POP clothes..Same climbing/clinging. leaping combat etc etc ..

krelmmaster
krelmmaster

Delaying the PC version would hardly affect overall sales. Anyone who would pirate this game isn't going to pay for the console version anyway. They will just download the PC version if and when it's released. So basically Ubisoft are just another developer who forgets which platform got them where they are today. But oh well, Ubisoft release mostly mediocre games anyway, and while i can't deny i am excited for this PoP, their last effort was terrible.

joshmista
joshmista

hmm intersting... the pc market is flourishing, with steam and all the other digital distribution services...

Tahir_Ahmad
Tahir_Ahmad

@ Dantefenix So other devs are fools right ? more and more of them are coming back to PC and starting to see the benefit of multi platform development not to mention that release dates are also coming closer... for example Dragon Age Origins, Mass Effect 2, Just Cause 2, Alien vs Predator, DiRT 2 to name a few. Digital Distribution services are booming like never before (The reason why Microsoft stepped into DDS). You better do some research on the progress of PC gaming before posting...

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

The first original IP "Intelectual Property" released on the PCs & when this IP selling well both profit & franchise, now.. they're delaying "one month late" (stopping probably!! I dunno) PC version........ very "ungrateful" company...

dantefenix
dantefenix

jus for escaping the dropout sales due to piracy of the game they hav ignored the pc version as of now....good move such as the assassins creed games.....

killing_spree20
killing_spree20

Aren't most games made on PCs? I may be completely wrong, but I thought games were coded, and then compiled by software to run on different systems. I think the largest problem for a game on the PC is the ammount of hardware it has to support, thats a lot of testing. Then again, if developers join nvidias TWIMTBP program they get free testing on hundreds of different combinations of hardware. This is pure speculation, but going by what sony and microsoft do for exclusives, is it possible that both sony and microsoft are stopping some developers from releasing games for the PC...I mean look at Alan Wake...a game demoed so many years ago for the new (at the time) intel quad cores. 5 years later, 360 exclusive. Just to ramp up 360 sales.

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

Im more excited for the movie than the game.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

This all sounds like good news to me. Can't wait to pick it up.

Tahir_Ahmad
Tahir_Ahmad

I don't get it ? Why so much disrespect and disregard for PC gamers ? I mean if they have designed a new online sort of DRM and they are confident on it then why not release the PC version on the same date or say why not at least announce its date ? Are they trying to show GREAT mercy by making this game for us ? then I don't want their mercy. Release a proper date Ubisoft and I might buy your game regardless of the new DRM.

FaintRain
FaintRain

what's with the 16th of march and the 18th of may lol every company is releasing great games in those two days,and they say why is it hard for gamers to choose games :s

Regon
Regon

OMG is that Orlando Bloom dressed as the prince in the backround?!?!? Waaahahahaaa!! I just cant get used to his face and I dont think he looks anything like the guy from the sands trilogy... I really hope this game is going to be good, but something tells me its not going to be satisfying at all. Something doesnt fit and i cant tell what exactly it is.... Hopefully I am going to be proven wrong though and it will turn out to be amazing! =D

nachi_lobo
nachi_lobo

Yeah XBOX 360 and DS one of thoses i'm get

Thomasskins
Thomasskins

I'm in no rush but this is a game to get, and obviously this is the 1st in the series, better to come yet. Little bit easy from what Iv read and heard though. I'm getting the PS3 versions and might get this for my daughters Wii at a a later date if it is a good game.

iori18
iori18

@ BotZakafein You don't know how hard it is porting to another machine especially from a console to a PC in a developer's point of view. It's reallllllllllly very hard. Of course Ubisoft can afford to port it almost to all consoles, handhelds and to PC because they can afford it. If it's prince of persia, no matter what it is or series it is from, I will surely love it.

awssk8er716
awssk8er716

Controls sound good. I think it will get an 8.5 at most though. I think I'll skip it.

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

That last game was....a bit to simplistic and had a crappy story... it seems they are ignoring the PC version for now...a shame..... with what they did with AC2.....they might as well not do PC games anymore....

hotbodyboy_2006
hotbodyboy_2006

@ tspiderx Lol that's an understatement. POP 2008 made me cry. We fans deserve a PUBLIC APOLOGY (Tigers Woods like) from Ubisoft for its Transgression. FS meanwhile looks amazing. But the main question is - Will it play as amazing as it looks?

POP-TTT
POP-TTT

again with super jumping...havent they learned from Prince of Persia 4 which was crappy as hell...

maniac-2k7
maniac-2k7

@HCL2 - Um, you should probably just re-read the article. It clearly says (directly quoted from the above article), '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.' Pretty obvious and easy to understand... I don't see the miscommunication. ----------------------- I'm glad Ubi are going back to the original trilogy - I totally loved them. The last one was a huge let down, given that it was fully orientated to casual gamers. I just hope this one fits in without causing too many plot holes to surface and that it isn't a movie tie-in, which it seemingly is. Fingers crossed for this one, I'm suitably psyched for it.

HCL2
HCL2

I guess that there is still a sort of miscommunication in this particular report. Are they saying that there will be no prince of persia for 360 and ps3 ??? Noticing the video up there the french man said at the end of that interview.........for the Wii specifically ????????????? Please help me guys!!!!

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

So is the Wii version a completely different game from the 360/PS3 one or are they just adding co-op with motion controls, downgrading graphics and trying to pass it off as a whole other game?

BotZakafein
BotZakafein

I don't get it.. y is it so hard to port to pc?

mourad_essa
mourad_essa

@MEGA--X ya you are right the three games were awesome (Sands of Time, Worrior Within, Two Throns) but the last one sucked as it was tooooo easy, u can't die lol !! , no dagger, no combat ! , no story, no time travelling , cartoony and no fun.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

I can't wait. I loved the Sands of Time trilogy (and contrary to a lot of the people commenting, i also quite liked the 2008 reboot and hope to see its story continued). I just hope it's much more sands of time than warrior within, no emo prince please!

MEGA--X
MEGA--X

YES!!! I hope they make it like the first 3 games, the last one sucked

DEATH775
DEATH775

I hope they are able to pull this one off. I love all the Prince of Persia games. I don't want to get dissappointed.

CoreoVII
CoreoVII

I hope they don't mess this version up for the PS3. The last one was horrible. Nothing like Sands of Time with very clich characters. (You never die? So freakin boring)

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

Just after I beat Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones for the second time in a row, I lamented about how grim my gaming future looked since there would be no more POP:SoT storyline to play. A few months later I accepted the fact that the SoT story was complete, and pretty darn good how it was. Now, they're opening old wounds with this game. The fan of SoT loves the possibility of stepping back into that universe, but EVERY OTHER PART of me screams "stay away!" because this game will most likely not live up to the trilogy AND open up plot holes that will need to be retcon-ned for the whole to work... Ubi, please don't mess it up. Please.

shogun656
shogun656

man i want this game. it looks preety good actually

CoolKidX
CoolKidX

I'm telling you, this movie with a budget of 150 million or more bucks, will not get that money back, I mean seriously, it will probably be a fail movie.

Daian
Daian

First they delayed AC2 for the PC (not a lot but they did ) and now this. Ubisoft is starting to get on my nerves and they were for a long time my favorite publisher / developer with some of my favorite games coming from them like Prince of Persia, Assassins Creed, Beyond Good & Evil, Splinter Cell,Far Cry and so on. They are launching on every single platform even on handhelds at the same time except the PC, why?

gears90
gears90

I wouldn't worry too much about them not continuing Prince of Persia (2008). I'm sure at some point they will go back to it.

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

I think the ening of Prince of Persia (PS3) was left open to interpretation for a reason. I liked how it ended, and I liked how it played out. That scene at the end where all hell breaks loose and the Prince is just walking off is so awsome! That being said, I will be paying close attention to this latest PoP game.

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

nice move make a psp version ahhhhhhhhh more games to the psp this is really sweet indeed!!!!!!!

paulliddell
paulliddell

I've said it before and I'll say it again. It still is a movie tie in game it is going to be bad what ever console it arives on. The fact that its being released with th movie...........

Dante2710
Dante2710

Not surprised they didnt announce the PC version, but if they do we can all expect their stupid DRM -_-

lamprey263
lamprey263

I've played each of the Prince of Persia games that came out on the PS2, but I still haven't tried the last one that came out on the X360 and PS3, I should do that before this next one comes out. Though I am sort of worried that Ubisoft is planning to release this game around the movie release. I just hope they're not rushed to make this come out when the movie does, and that they were given enough time to put a good game together.

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

Don't get me wrong, PoP rocks...but the fact that they left the new PoP franchise with a cliffhanger and decide to make an installment in the old franchise that isn't needed really pushes my buttons. The new PoP was really good and storywise I wanted to know what happens between the Prince and Elika :-(

pakrulz
pakrulz

I cant wait to get this on my psp!

Gamer_JasonX7
Gamer_JasonX7

I can't wait to play this. And I hope the movie is good as well (although history says different).

vortex_gw
vortex_gw

Of course there will be a PC version... the question is when? Probably in 1-4 months... I guess if the AC2 anti-piracy system works we can expect PoP:TFS late May or early June.

Paladin_King
Paladin_King

While I'll take any PoP I can get, I'm really sort of unhappy about this. Story is very important to me in single-player games, and the fact that they introduced a new prince, a new world, a great new supporting character, and ended the game with a cliffhanger to boot.....only to seemingly dump all that to go back to the old characters/world really pisses me off. The fact that this complete about-face is happening only because of a coming movie only irritates me further.

THGarrett
THGarrett

I just hope the game will be as great as the other 3 games and won't be an obvious rush job. As for the PC version, if there is one, I can only assume it will have the same new anti-piracy system that is going to be in Assassin Creed 2 and Splinter Cell Conviction.