The Prince of Persia faithful have been holding out hope for some time. Today, Ubisoft revealed its first look at its next Prince of Persia experience: a location-based virtual reality escape room.
Though it was actually announced earlier this year, Prince of Persia: The Dagger of Time is a bit of an oddity no matter which way you look at it. It's a location-based VR escape room, and that former part is key: it's only playable at certain physical locations. If you want to check out this new VR experience, you'll need to actually go somewhere to do it.
According to Ubisoft's description of the game, The Dagger of Time is a cooperative experience where several players work together to stop an evil Magi. The focus seems to be around controlling time; the site says players can slow, stop, or even rewind time, which has to be wild in virtual reality. You can check out the first-look screens on Ubisoft Düsseldorf's Twitter.
The story is set during the Prince of Persia Trilogy, which is Sands of Time, Warrior Within, and The Two Thrones. An all-ages experience for two-to-four players, it certainly seems like an interesting way to experience the time-bending hijinks of Prince of Persia. The location-based model is a curiosity though, especially in our current global health climate.
For the Prince of Persia holdouts, this might not be what they were hoping for. The series has been quiet since 2010's The Forgotten Sands and 2013's remake of The Shadow and the Flame. While test footage of a Prince of Persia concept surfaced earlier this year, it was only just a concept. The series that ended up laying the groundwork for so many others has quietly disappeared into the sands of time.
Its spiritual successors, meanwhile, are thriving. Assassin's Creed is gearing up for a viking-themed romp through England in Valhalla, and even Sucker Punch's latest Ghost of Tsushima can draw some comparison to the time-bending prince. Hopefully we see him return in the next generation of consoles, or at least see this VR experience hit some home headsets.