E3: The Trailers – Prince Of Persia Next-Gen

By Alec Meer on July 15th, 2008 at 9:49 am.

No confirmed subtitle or, I believe, PC release as yet, but it seems likely us IBM-Compatible proles will see a visit from this console royalty. Looks sort of like God of War by way of Lineage, which worries me a little – I want big-trousered acrobatics much more than I do hacky-choppy. Still, pretty, no?

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  1. MasterBoo says:

    Sigur Ros soundtrack for a Prince of Persia trailer?

    O_O

  2. Wurzel says:

    If i recall correctly, it’s prince of persia: prodigy (or at least was termed so in Edge). Also, choice of sigur ros for trailer music makes me happy and gives me hope for the game :)

  3. TheModernArdeo says:

    J-J-J-JRPG!

    *sigh* Prince of Persia, what has become of you?

  4. MisterBritish says:

    So very pretty. Hopefully they’ll do a more acrobatic/puzzely trailer to accompany this one.

  5. Mike says:

    Very, very pretty.

  6. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    @ Wurzel: I’m sure the devs have said it won’t have a subtitle, but I can’t remember the source.

    Thankfully the story and the art style seem spot on, for example the back-story for the Hunter is rather fableistic and somewhat redolent of PoP:SoT, so the combat and the runny-jumpy are the only real question marks for me. So long as the combat is passable and not the main focus of the game it should be alright by me. My main worry though is that they’ve ditched the Sands of Time and don’t seem to be encorporating another time-rewind mechanism.

    Also, this two part interview from Ubidays gives a good idea of where they intend to take the game.

  7. Someone says:

    Shitty music, the game looks like shit and the trailer is shit.

  8. MisterBritish says:

    ^ So, overall, you’re looking forward to it?

  9. Junior says:

    I really love the new art style, but for the black outline, you can hardly see it in half the gameplay sections and it looks lovely.

    Every time I see the outlining though, it just looks odd.

    Thumbs up for more free running games this year.

  10. Someone else says:

    @Someone: You did NOT just call Sigur Ros shit. Tasteless goon.

  11. gulag says:

    Like the art direction, tones of Fables to it (The comic book, not the game.) And is this meant to be co-op or are there touchs of Ico?

  12. Okami says:

    Beautiful, just beautiful. But knowing the direction Ubisoft has taken during these last years, you’ll be able to play through the whole game by repeatedly pressing a single button..

    @Someone: The url you are looking for is http://www.gametrailers.com

  13. Quirk says:

    Fighting looks a bit daft. However, I’m intrigued by the second character. My first reaction was along the lines of “Hell yeah, co-op!” but on reflection I can’t see how you’d manage the camera for a co-op Prince of Persia game (unless they’re holding out on us and have a split-screen version). I do want to see what they make of this.

  14. luckystriker says:

    Bootiful…loved the art direction.

  15. Janto says:

    As far as I know, the second character functions as a ‘time-rewind/special power’ mechanic, ie if you slip, she can catch you, if you get a sword through a sensitive part of your royal hide, she can heal you, etc. So not co-op, then, and not really Alyx Vance, either, more a fancy lookin’ gravity gun.

  16. spd from Russia says:

    whats that, Prince of Finalfantasy?

  17. araczynski says:

    i like where they took this. could never get into any of the previous ones, just seemed too ‘jumpy jumpy’. this has me interested.

  18. Mman says:

    This is one of the most crazily good looking games I’ve ever seen, although I found the trailer a little lacking; it seemed like it was so caught up in being “artsy” it got in the way of showing the game a little.

  19. Radiant says:

    That looked awesome!
    I was just [well recently] play.com’ing around for a decent adventure game that doesn’t have me managing a billion item inventory list.
    PLEASE BE GOOD.

  20. Chris says:

    Oh fuck yes, that looks incredible.

    Please, please be as good as SoT. Even just a little bit less good would be acceptable. Please, please don’t fuck it up and try to be “mature” like with WW. 1001 Nights-style fantasy is what they should be going for, not fucking metal emo wank.

  21. Ian says:

    I agree with those who’d like to see more footage, but of the acrobatics and environmental puzzles and such.

  22. Tom says:

    (Tastless goon indeed.)
    Looking good. The previous games never really did all that much for me bit this is looking rock’n (must admit though, I didnt’ even try SoT (was it good?))
    Hopefully you’ll be able to go online and run through this one with a friend. Now THAT would be all kinds of awesome.

  23. Meat Circus says:

    I believe it’s confirmed to have *no* subtitle.

    It’s Plain Old Prince of Persia.

  24. MeestaNob! says:

    Looks pretty, but certainly not a Prince of Persia game.

    Whatever that even means any more after 5 years of franchise rape.

  25. Cultist says:

    This had better be good, if only because they used Sigur Ros for their trailer music. You can’t just do that willy-nilly, thats something you have to EARN.

  26. skalpadda says:

    Interesting to see how the choice of music made this stand out quite a bit compared to the rest of the crowd. I never really got into the previous games although I had fun playing Sands of Time for an afternoon while visiting a friend. Looks like it’s worth keeping an eye on in any case :)

  27. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    @ Janto: So she is, somehow I’d missed the third page of the EG preview.

  28. Mattress says:

    Odd choosing Sigur Rós to soundtrack a game trailer… Remember when this used to be left of field?
    Was it just me or did this trailer reveal little to nothing about the game? (Aside from the odd black-outlining and japanime [loveliness] the art direction on this game has taken)
    Remember the days when trailers used to communicate something of the actual game experience?
    What’s with this deluge of crappy trailers lately (or ever)? The more I see, the less excited I get…

  29. Bwah says:

    It shows you the style of the game, the game world, the gameplay (combat and acrobatics mainly with glimpses of the secondary character) and presumably the goal of the game (rejuvenating the world) and it does it to pretty music. I’m not sure exactly what more you want from the trailer, particulary considering it’s the first trailer they’ve released.

  30. Ian Dorsch says:

    Trailer looks absolutely gorgeous.

  31. Cultist says:

    @mattress

    FYI- using the word “faggotry” instantly makes you look like an ignorant jerk, and pretty thoroughly negates what was otherwise an intelligent post.

    Unless you are British and are making a complicated reference to cigarettes, of course.

    I’m new here, so I’ll shut up now.

  32. Lu-Tze says:

    Well, I must say this PoP isn’t to my tastes. The black outline looks silly whenever I see it and could easily be dropped, they’ve stolen the main character from a Final Fantasy game as the Prince, and got rid of plausible acrobatics in favour of Sonic-style magical jumppads.

    I really hope they haven’t also jumped on the co-op bandwagon, and that they manage to do escorting as well as Ico did, as opposed to how it has been in every other game ever (oh, except Sleepwalker).

  33. tmp says:

    Prince of Persia: Ico?

    Not that it’s a bad thing.

  34. Noc says:

    I’m not a huge fan of the character designs, but I AM a huge fan of the painted aesthetic I’ve started to see in more and more games. It’s like taking hyperrealism and running with it. And that includes the stroke, you jerks.

  35. windlab says:

    As someone who hasn’t played any of the PoP games, I think it doesn’t look all that bad. At the very least they’ve got a half decent artistic style.

  36. Someone says:

    Yeah, too bad the 2nd and 3rd PoP’s look 50 times better than this piece of shit.

  37. Chris says:

    Surely Sigur Ros stopped being left of field a couple of years ago when every second tv program or advert started using Hoppipolla on the soundtrack?

    Also “SoT (was it good?)” – that would be a huge yes. Personally it’s right up there in my top 2 or 3 games of all time. If they’d had the combat system from WW it would have been damned near perfect.

  38. KindredPhantom says:

    I haven’t played the newer version of Price and Persia but i will say that i like the new style, seems more Persian like.

  39. azwipe says:

    @mattress-

    agreed. completely ignorant and out of line. seriously, RPS guys- is outright blatant homophobia ok here? or can i continue visiting your excellent site?

  40. The Hammer says:

    It’ll get deleted when one of the RPS-men get on the site. It comes under the [different people to me] editing.

  41. EyeMessiah says:

    Looks great to me! I like the art style, but art is easy. Making jumping puzzles that aren’t completely soul destroying isn’t. Still, I’m jazzed!

  42. Chris says:

    That sent little shivers all down my spine. Lovely. They’d better not fuck this up.

  43. Al3xand3r says:

    Not bad. But I still think the in game graphics would look nicer if they removed the “cartoon like” black outline. The rest of the style isn’t quite cartoony, there’s no actual cel shading, and it just looks off to me. The FMV of the game don’t have an outline either so why put it in the in game characters? Makes no sense to me. Minor annoyance but I think it’d be pretty evident if they’d just show a video without it…

  44. Soundofvictory says:

    First off, I enjoy the new art direction. I think the cel-shading is spot on because its very subtle compared to some JRPGs that have used it. And the style is definitely more imaginative which is fitting because pop has always seemed like a fairy tale in my mind (at least since SoT).
    I know its at an early stage, but a most of the animations seemed pretty clumsy and I hope they get fixed. On that note, anyone know who’s developing this? I hope its Ubisoft Montreal… but if I remember right they’re already working on one or two other projects…

  45. Patch says:

    Blimey, remember when the most you had to worry about in Prince of Persia was jumping over the wobbly floor tiles?

    By the way, when he first starts jumping around in that trailer, and he’s swinging around a flagpole sideways, look at his right hand’s fingers and tell me you didn’t think about Jeremy Beadle. Or was that just me?

  46. born2expire says:

    ehhhhhh, the art style is nice. but the direction the game is heading doesn’t look like my thing. call me crazy but give me back the warrior within angry prince and gameplay mechanics to go with it.

  47. Meat Circus says:

    Oh, that looks beautiful.

    Are we finally to recapture that Sands of Time otherworldliness that made it such a thing of wonderment?

    Let’s hope so.

  48. The Guy says:

    Well, I liked it…

    And I dunno who the fuck Sigur Ros is.

  49. Al3xand3r says:

    It’s a band, think French coldplay. This might sound familiar.

  50. skalpadda says:

    Last time I checked, Sigur Rós were from Iceland ;)