It's been nearly ten years since we last saw a Prince of Persia game grace our consoles and it seems that the once-popular franchise is being revived - though perhaps not in the way you'd expect.
Today Ubisoft announced Prince of Persia: The Dagger of Time, the next installment in Blue Byte's interactive group-friendly VR games. Ubisoft has given us a new location-based VR escape room, which will open this spring with more than 300 total locations worldwide. The VR escape room has been developed by Ubisoft Düsseldorf - which also created two Assassin's Creed VR escape rooms, Beyond Medusa's Gate and Escape the Lost Pyramid. Prince of Persia: The Dagger of Time will require players to solve puzzles by using the titular artefact's powers to stop, rewind, or fast-forward time as well as utilising the benefits of roomscale VR, climbing walls and exploring the digital space.
Speaking about the game in an official statement, Ubisoft said: "In the story, players are summoned by Kaileena, the Empress of Time". Players will have to face off against an evil Magi, who will throw an army of sand monsters in your path to stall your progress. Also similar to the games, Ubisoft says it has tried to incorporate some amount of the verticality and traps the games are known, but that the focus is on time control. "Time-control is only part of the immersion as we transport players to experience larger-than-life adventures in our games", said Cyril Voiron, Executive Producer of Ubisoft's Escape Games.
As with typical escape rooms, players will need to solve puzzles cooperatively to succeed in stopping this new threat and escaping the fortress.
Fans have pointed out that Assassin's Creed games usually drop before Christmas so it's likely that one of three games to drop this year will be the rumours Vikings-themed game.
Further details on the upcoming title can be found on the Ubisoft blog. We can expect the game in a couple of months.