The Forgotten Sands already in development before Prince of Persia was released

Ubisoft have revealed that work on the upcoming Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands began before 2008’s PoP reboot was even finished.

The Forgotten Sands abandons the timeline, art-style and unique gameplay elements of 2008’s Prince of Persia‘s reboot, in favor of a return to the Sands of Time trilogy.

Speaking to Joystiq, level design director Michael McIntyre said, “Actually, this project was started before that game even released, so we had no idea how that game [the 2008 release] was going to be received.”

“We knew that the PoP 2008 was a daring take on the Prince of Persia franchise. But we knew that there would be people that definitely liked it and we just weren’t certain what fans of Sands of Time would take it, even though we knew it was quite different from Sands of Time. So, there was already an early plan to do a Sands of Time-type game, not at the same time but it was already in progress.

McIntyre went on to say that he believes PoP 2008 “polarized” gamers because “it didn’t feel like Prince of Persia to them.”

The Forgotten Sands hits Xbox 360, PS3, DS, PSP and Wii in May, with the PC coming in June.