It's still not clear if Ubisoft's Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake will ever see the light of day — but if you're looking for a new side story in the franchise, the company has you covered. Ubisoft announced Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown at Summer Games Fest 2023, a new action-adventure platformer "inspired by the Metroidvania structure."
Pivoting the franchise's platforming roots to the more exploratory and action focused gameplay featured in Metroid and Castlevania games sounds like a natural twist — but it isn't the only change to the series format that Lost Crown offers. Rather of taking on the role of the titular prince, Lost Crown instead asks players to rescue him as Sargon, a new hero, and part of a group called "The Immortals." Ubisoft promises that the game features intense platforming, giant boss fights, puzzles, and new character abilities and power throughout the journey.
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown will release on January 18, 2024 for all platforms, including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, as well as on PC through the Epic Games Store and on Amazon Luna.
We got a chance to play an early build of The Lost Crown following Ubisoft's Forward event on Monday, and came away pretty impressed. Senior video producer Brandon Quintana thinks, although it's a diversion from previous games, it has a lot of potential to be an important entry in the Prince of Persia franchise.
Update, June 15th 3PM ET: This article was updated after publishing to include some impressions of the Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown demo and a video previewing the game.