Ubisoft claims to have lost PoP players to God of War series

Wednesday, 24th March 2010 18:42 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Animation director Jan-Erik Sjovall has said that Ubisoft’s “lost” many Prince of Persia players to the God of War series, and is hoping to gain them back with The Forgotten Sands.

Speaking with CVG, Sjovall said that players “miss the challenge and brutality” from the games and Ubisoft’s trying to tempt them back with the newest installment.

“When we make questionnaires and we ask, ‘what did you play in the past?’ The answer’s ‘Prince of Persia’. ‘What do you play now?’ ‘God of War’. ‘Would you play Prince of Persia again?’ ‘No, it’s not hard enough’,” revealed Sjovall.

“So the idea [with Forgotten Sands] was clearly that we’d try to bring our old audience back, but also we’re winning a new audience.

“A lot of people ask, ‘will you have gore in the game?’ It’d fairly interesting. We want to have interesting fight sequences in there but not indulge in the violence like God of War does.

“We want to keep it interesting so the acrobatics, the story, and the whole look are all supporting each other and people go, ‘yeah, I want to play that game’.”

Forgotten Sands is due May 18 and 20 in the US and Europe, respectively, and a pre-order for the PS3 and 360 version was announced today through GameStop.



  1. itsucks

    Yhea, b/c there is always a new GoW game each year to steal your PoP releases thunder. Lame excuse: try another.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. theevilaires

    You damn right and the reason is here

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Razor

    They ain’t coming back.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    @ LOLZ at Tea. :-D

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Sini

    WRONG UBISOFT. God of War is about combat, while PoP is about platforming. You LOST people because last noteworthy game was Sands of Time, and your recent 2008 game was utter rubbish.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    Excuses are like assholes everyone has one and they all stink.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. theevilaires

    are you drunk Stephany or is your post a crack on me from yesterday ;)

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Syrok

    “miss the challenge and brutality”

    Challenge maybe, brutality certainly not. Just make it entertaining.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Stephany Nunneley

    @7 – No. I just found your comment funny is all :)

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    I can sort of understand the answers they’re getting in their questionnaires. PoP games have always been more about platforming then fighting, the ability to rewind time (or in the last game just instantly get saved) means that you’re nearly invincible so its alot less harder then other platform/slashers out there these days. Obviously people want more of a challenge.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. AHA-Lambda

    YAY! Next POP game will be like GOW and piss off all their long term fans just like conviction has pissed off most splinter cell players! :D

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Sini

    @10 No, that’s not it.
    Sands of Time was the best PoP game ever, and you could rewind time if you fucked up too. The reason why most people loathe the 2008 outing was not because you could get saved by the Elika(sp) hand, but because the platforming itself was so piss poor easy you almost never needed any saving to begin with. It’s the actual platforming that was dumbed down. The concept of rewinding time was and continues to be the best `reload quicksave` ever designed, and fit very well into the story too.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight

    There are long term fans?!

    How can there be with their back and forth on what to do with the franchise.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. DaMan

    how’s that ignore button coming along? it isn’t comfortable enough scrolling past Sini’s bollocks all the time.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. AHA-Lambda

    @ 13 – LOL but heck I’ve sticked with it since SOT so idk :/

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Sini

    @14 Are you sure you want them to implement it? Why would you post here at all then? Wanker.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. DaMan

    there’re actually only like 3 people on this site that will be on my ignore list, son.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Sini

    I guess that went over your head. Try reading that response one more time, “son”.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. DaMan

    oh, you’re right I misread. guess I really got used to skipping half of your posts.

    well, I would enjoy being on your ignore list then.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. The Hindle

    Pop will never beat the sands of time, that game was just absoluetly amazing.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. theevilaires

    will people stop with this ignore cry baby bull. OMG you guys are so damn sensitive!

    #21 5 years ago
  22. ianbenoir

    it needs more action.. the game play it’s like a slow motion movie and combat sistem is terrible.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. endgame

    lost? ppl can buy both games u idiots! f**king lame a** drm users.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. DaMan

    why bull, tea. what’s the difference between automatic ignore and you scrolling down? it’s just more convenient.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. theevilaires

    Its bull because no matter how you spin it you let some ass hole across the planet get under your skin and mind fuck you.

    that means you are weak, mentally weak and if you are that unstable then you shouldn’t be using the internet. Its called World Wide Web for a reason.

    Understand that, get healthy, and don’t let anyone own your mind.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Sini

    Stop ruining my fun. It’s pretty clear I can make him /wrist by the end of the year. He just has to get better at reading comprehension first, otherwise responding borders on being pointless.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. DaMan

    hehe well that’s true, tea.

    but I still say it’s convenient, it’s like an Ad-block.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Blerk

    Good grief, who the hell was filling in those questionnaires? 14-year-olds? I think this tells us more about the types of people who bother to return those questionnaires than it does about anything else.

    Brutality and gore in PoP? No fucking thanks. Do you even understand why people loved Sands of Time, Ubi?

    #28 5 years ago
  29. theevilaires

    are you people referring to the last gen POP sands of time? or that very old version that was 2D?

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Haseef

    love the art work…..anywhere i could get it full resolution?

    #30 5 years ago
  31. FeaturePreacher

    Good to see that Ubisoft found out that casual people aren’t the fanbase of prince of persia. The proof of them listening will be if this upcoming game has multiple difficulty levels and long and broad combat lists and weapon options instead of none like that 2008 snore fest did. Hopefully this title will have a demo before it’s released.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. mojo

    wtf is he talkign about?
    someone takes his drugs away..
    They are two complete diferent games..

    but yeah, true… tetris lost its audience to modern warfare..

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Bulk Slash

    I read Eurogamer’s hands-on with the game, and it sounds like a rather weak re-work of the 2008 PoP gameplay. The Dagger of Time “rewinds” by jumping you back to the last safe platform, i.e. exactly what Elika did, but now you have to press a button to activate it. Also, they’ve made the platforming harder by reducing the window on when you can press the jump button.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Blerk

    Gah, that sounds a bit rubbish – I was expecting it to behave in exactly the same way as the old games. Which was perfect. So why bloody change it, you nonces? :mad:

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Gheritt White

    @12: I agree – I thought the Elika mechanic was a clever workaround for player death, which never fits in well with a compelling narrative. The platforming was just *so* weak in PoP ’08 – it felt like you were playing a cutscene! Not to mention the game’s appalling excuse for combat. PoP gameplay mechanics are about precision and timing – PoP ’08 required neither.

    However, you’re wrong – the best PoP game remains PoP 2: The Shadow & The Flame. Truly amazing game that still holds up perfectly even by today’s standards.

    @13: Me – I’m a long term fan! I remember when the first PoP was released for Apple Macs and couldn’t believe how well animated it was. PoP’s fluidity, grace of movement and challenge has kept me coming back to the franchise – I’ve played all PoPs apart from PoP 3D and I still don’t know why The Two Thrones gets a bad rep.

    @29: Oh boy, that comment really dates you!

    #35 5 years ago
  36. mojo

    lol so they did the exact same mistake again.
    the last PoP was bullshit, to say the least.
    Games should be rewardign and fun.
    The elika mechanic was neither rewarding, nor fun..

    The game died for me with this..

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Bulk Slash

    @34 & 36

    I’m want to play the demo before definitely passing judgement, but the footage I saw of the Wii version the other day had the Prince collecting floating orbs, there were coloured pads on the walls that triggered special events and there was a path-finder beam, all features that were in PoP 2008.

    I almost wonder if this new game was originally a sequel to PoP 2008 that was re-purposed to be a tie-in with the film. This Christmas would have been about right timing-wise for a sequel to that game too…

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Blerk

    The Wii version is completely different though, isn’t it?

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Robo_1

    PoP was perfect, and whilst I understand the complaints about the last game, I do think it got a rough ride for the most part, as for all it’s dumbing down, the gameplay did flow wonderfully.

    Oh, and what’s happened to the Edge article? Don’t tell me the lawyers called! lololololol

    #39 5 years ago
  40. The Hindle

    Apparently the screenshots of the latest Prince look no way near what the actual game looks like. :(

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Robo_1

    It’s a very quick turnaround, so I wouldn’t be surprised… or are you talking about the Wii version specifically?

    #41 5 years ago
  42. The Hindle

    Im talking about all versions of the game.They are air brushed are the screenshots.

    #42 5 years ago

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