Anticipation for the new Prince of Persia title continues to grow across videogame land. Owners of current-gen consoles have a brand new experience to look forward to that focuses on the usual acrobatics, but also on strategic one-on-one fighting mechanics. For those not yet immersed in the PC, PS3 or Xbox 360 gaming cultures, Ubisoft has a plan to bring a new storyline in the Prince of Persia universe exclusively for the Nintendo DS as well, in Prince of Persia: The Fallen King.
The Fallen King follows the Prince in his battle to free the lands from Corruption, a dark substance that swallows the land and skies, just as the other versions of the game. The Prince finds himself in a kingdom he believes is Corruption-free but soon finds out is not safe at all as it slowly begins to transform into a less than friendly place.
A twist in the story leads the Prince to a creature named Magus who isn’t completely taken over by Corruption and who leads the Prince to believe he can offer him salvation from the Corruption. But whether or not the creature can be trusted is something we’ll have to discover for ourselves.
The Fallen King promises the kind of fighting mechanics that fans of the series are already familiar with — both swordplay and acrobatic moves can be performed, using the stylus, in varied environments with over 50 different maps expanding from cities to jungles.
Besides the Prince, the player can also take control of Magus. He and the Prince will work together to fight through the Corruption and solve puzzles along the way. Magus possesses magical abilities which suggest the player may have to switch between him and the Prince to overcome specific obstacles. It’s unclear whether the switch can be made on the fly, or if changing characters is only available in certain circumstances.
Prince of Persia: The Fallen King will hit store shelves this holiday season, hopefully along with the PC, PS3 and 360 versions.
[See also: Prince of Persia gallery]