Ubisoft currently has a remake of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in the works, but a new rumor suggests that a 2D Prince of Persia game is also in development! Shpeshal Nick shared the rumor on a recent episode of the XboxEra podcast, but it's worth noting that he has presented it as a rumor, as opposed to something that he has definitive knowledge on. Shpeshal Nick has a strong history when it comes to rumors, but plans constantly change in the video game industry, so readers should take this with a grain of salt until there is direct confirmation from Ubisoft.
In a follow-up Tweet, Shpeshal Nick gave some additional information about the project: apparently, it will see the return of series creator Jordan Mechner! That Tweet can be found embedded below.
As a follow up to my rumour about the 2D Prince of Persia. Apparently Jordan Mencher himself is on it. Very exciting if that’s the case!— Nick (@Shpeshal_Nick) August 9, 2021
The original Prince of Persia released in 1989 for the Apple II, and was eventually ported to a number of additional platforms. Mechner has been closely associated with the series since; he was even an executive producer on Disney's Prince of Persia film! His involvement in a new 2D entry in the series would certainly bode well for the game's quality. The original Prince of Persia is still considered one of the best games of all-time, and there could be a big audience for a throwback to that game.
When Prince of Persia was rebooted with 2003's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, 2D platforming games had mostly fallen out of fashion, so a 3D game made the most sense. In the 18 years since, 2D platformers have made a big comeback, so the time could be right for a new 2D Prince of Persia. Unfortunately, we'll just have to wait and see if Ubisoft makes an official announcement, but hopefully this is one rumor that will pan out!
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