Ubisoft, The Evil Empire announces The Wicked Prince of Persia, arriving soon on May 14th


The Prodigal Prince is back, and his comeback has been so good that he's doing it a second time. Following his Metroidvania adventures in Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, which came out in January, gaming's iconic dual-bladed royalty is returning for a second in The Rogue Prince of Persia, a new 2D action-platforming A rogue-lite title is coming. In Early Access on Steam on May 14th. Developed by Dead Cells creator Evil Empire and published by Ubisoft, the next Prince of Persia game features a colorful, cartoony art style and features the platforming and action combat familiar from the series.

The Wicked Prince of Persia was revealed during the Triple-Eye Initiative livestream with a trailer that showed off flashy cinematics and a bit of gameplay. According to Ubisoft, the game is set in Ctesiphon, the capital of the Persian Empire, which is under siege by the Huns. Unlike The Lost Crown, here players will get the chance to take control of the prince of the same name, who has a magical spoke that revives him upon each death.

As expected from a rogue-lite, players will die, only to be revived and thrown back to the beginning. This cycle repeats until players are advanced and skilled enough to complete the game. With each attempt, players will explore new biomes, try out new weapons, gain valuable knowledge, find and equip trinkets, and upgrade their gear as they attempt to save the city from invasion.

The trailer features an acrobatic prince who can run on walls, spin and slide over deadly obstacles in tricky platforming sections. Players will advance through procedurally generated levels, fighting Huns infused with dark shamanic magic and corrupt creatures through colorful and diverse areas inspired by Persian architecture.

The prince will also have a variety of weapons to aid him in battle. According to Ubisoft, players can equip twin daggers, spears, broadswords, and axes, and add shields, bows, grappling hooks, and more as secondary weapons.

Developers Evil Empire are no strangers to the roguelike genre, having co-developed Dead Cells with Motion Twin. According to Ubisoft, the studio approached the publisher with its own Rogue-lite take on Prince of Persia. The iconic game series returned after years of absence earlier this year with the launch of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown. A 2.5D Metroidvania action-platformer, The Lost Crown marked a fresh start for the franchise featuring responsive platforming and fast-paced combat. In our review of the game, we found Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown to be an inspired take on the genre that forges a new path for the future of the series. The title of the next Prince of Persia seems to have followed the same path.

The Rogue Prince of Persia will release in Early Access on Steam on May 14, with Ubisoft confirming releases on other platforms at a later date.

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