New Prince of Persia gets first details, sandy art

In addition to the reveal trailer above that was first shown at the VGAs on Saturday, Ubisoft has shot out a few pieces of information today that places the new Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands between The Sands of Time and Prince of Persia Warrior Within games of the trilogy which preceded 2008’s visually rich reboot.

In The Forgotten Sands, the Prince will wield “new powers over nature and time,” allowing him to have “unparalleled mastery over his environment and his enemies.” Reinvented classic gameplay is also promised, all rendered in the Anvil engine which powers both Assassin’s Creed and last year’s PoP. For more details about the setting and story, see the official description below.

The platforms the game will ship on were also confirmed: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, DS/DSi, and PC — there’s a movie coming out after all. The release window is still May 2010.

And finally, three pieces of concept art were released as well which give an idea of the visual direction they’re going in. Check them out in the gallery right here.

About the Game
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is the next chapter in the fan-favorite Sands of Time universe. Visiting his brother’s kingdom following his adventure in Azad, the Prince finds 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.

Game features include:

  • 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-Favorite 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.