Game developer Ubisoft releases Prince of Persia: Sands of Time tomorrow, Dec. 4th. Comics publisher First Second released their Prince of Persia: Sands of Time graphic novel in September and the franchise just keeps growing with a Disney backed feature-length live-action movie to debut in summer 09.
There’s a lot of chatter on Youtube about the similarities between PoP: Sands and Assassins Creed – which was hot last winter and designed/produced by the same team that did earlier Prince of Persia games. It kinda makes sense since both games are period pieces, heavily dependent on setting as an anchor (but at this point, what game isn’t) but I don’t think either detracts from the other; really, it’s all about keeping the stoke alive. Isn’t it?
What I find kinda neat about the whole scenario is this part of my interview with Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner – who collaborated on the GN as well as all the PoP games and wrote the screenplay for Disney – talks about PoP then and now:
“These days, the Prince of Persia games team ranges from 25 to 50 people, and it takes from one to three years to create. It’s a massive multimillion-dollar production similar to film production. You’ve got a team of artists, animators, sound designers, engineers and people in specialized positions like level designers, camera artists and textures artists.” But, Mechner said, “back in 1989, the game was me—programming the code, doing the animation and writing the story. That felt very much like doing a graphic novel, one person writing and drawing.”
Anyhow, tomorrow’s the big day, so if you’ve got an Xbox 360 or a PS3, hopefully you’ve preordered. In fact, I think it’s already shipped.
(I linked to the Assassins Creed where Linkin Park’s In the End is used as the soundtrack – which may seem unfair since the Pop trailer that I link to is this mushy love song. I just have a certain affinity with In the End because my youngest cousin in Bangkok – who was 8 yrs old at the time – used to lay down that rap like nobody’s business. I swear that’s the only way he got through elementary school English.)