It looks like the first next-generation title for the Prince of Persia is taking the character in a new whole direction. In fact, reports Eurogamer, this one is technically a reboot of the franchise where the Prince will be "more poetic" than previous versions and the game will also be cel-shaded.
According to Ubisoft, the Prince's time shifting abilities is also getting taken out due to overuse.
"The concept has been so used and copied" says Ubisoft, "we had to move on to something else, put it to one side." Ubisoft apparently already has this "something else" lined up and ready to take its place, but to date they aren't talking.
Plot Concept: The story will return to the Arabian Nights and Persian mythology, specifically retelling the legend of twin good and evil deity brothers Ohrmazd and Ahriman. According to myth, Evil Brother (Ahriman) was once imprisoned within a magic box after a battle between the twins turned ugly, but he is accidentally unleashed upon the world when the box is opened by an unsuspecting desert bandit. As Ahriman ravages the world, the thief (i.e. the Prince) must rise to his destiny as a true hero by correcting his mistake and setting things right in the world.
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