Ubisoft's released the first details and images of Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands, following on from the teaser trailer released this weekend.
Forgotten Sands - which is due out in May next year - will "expand the Prince of Persia universe with a new storyline, the introduction of new characters, and new powers over nature and time," says Ubisoft.
The game takes place between Prince of Persia The Sands of Time and Prince of Persia Warrior Within and has the Prince visiting his brother's kingdom following his adventure in Azad, only to find the royal palace under siege from a mighty army bent on its destruction.
"When the decision is made to use the ancient power of the Sand in a desperate gamble to save the kingdom from total annihilation, the Prince will embark on an epic adventure in which he will learn to bear the mantle of true leadership, and discover that great power often comes with a great cost," Ubi says.
Game features include (in the publisher's words):
- "Classic Gameplay Reinvented: From huge-scale multi-enemy combat to dizzying feats of acrobatic prowess in gigantic environments enhanced by the Prince's ability to control nature and time, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands will push the Prince's prodigious abilities to unseen levels.
- "A Blockbuster Experience: Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands will offer players unforgettable set pieces made possible by the advanced technology offered by the award-winning Anvil engine. With all-out war at the gates of the kingdom, the Prince's abilities will be challenged like never before through the course of epic wow moments.
- "Mastery Over Nature: Wielding powers of nature and time, the Prince will have unparalleled mastery over his environment and his enemies. The Prince will discover that harnessing the forces of nature itself will prove to be a devastating companion to his ability to rewind time.
- "Return of a Fan-Favourite Franchise: Set between Prince of Persia The Sands of Time and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands will provide fans a new chapter in the Prince of Persia universe and deepen their understanding of the Sands of Time series.
Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP system versions will feature "a different gaming experience" from the versions for Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 system, Ubisoft adds.
Frankly, we think it's a crying shame it's simply decided to ditch last year's flawed but gorgeous reboot series.