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“As soon as we have something to show, we will.”

Ubisoft has “paused” the Prince of Persia franchise while it considers new ideas. In an interview with IGN, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat confirmed that the series is currently taking a break, but explained that shouldn’t be taken as a bad sign.

“Brand management is a tricky thing,” Mallat told IGN. “It needs people's attention a lot. I think it is fair to say that, right now, Prince of Persia is being paused. But we said the same thing for some other brands that suddenly popped up because a team is willing to do it.”

Mallat added that fans shouldn’t be concerned, and that Prince of Persia will resurface when it’s ready.

“I'm not scared at all for Prince of Persia fans,” he said. “We'll find something to entertain them with in the future. Prince of Persia is part of Ubisoft's portfolio. As a matter of fact, we sometimes iterate on franchises and sometimes we give them time to breathe and time to grow, or time to rest. Prince of Persia is as important as any other franchise for Ubisoft. As soon as we have something to show, we will.”

The most recent Prince of Persia game was Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands in 2010, followed by the Prince of Persia Classic Trilogy HD in 2011. Last year, screenshots from an alleged new Prince of Persia game emerged a few months after E3. Ubisoft never officially commented on the images, and no official news has come out since.

Keep an eye out for much more from our interview with Mallat in the days ahead.


Bizarrely, within the same 24-hour period that Ubisoft says the Prince of Persia series is "paused", footage has emerged of a project that sure seems like a Prince of Persia reboot.

You've seen it before, back in August, but this production video says that the project's name is Osiris, adding to suspicions the game—whatever it is—is set in Egypt.

While most of the clip involves background footage showing actors used for motion-capture data, there are snippets of art and other scenes shown, especially towards the end.

The video was posted by Mark Kilian, and it was uploaded five months ago. It says it was commissioned by Ubisoft Montreal, the same mega-studio behind the Assassin's Creed series (and Far Cry 3). [SOURCE] Ubisoft's rumored Prince of Persia reboot 'Osiris' leaked in rough cut video (update)

New details on an unannounced Ubisoft Montreal project once rumored to have been a Prince of Persia series reboot and codenamed "Osiris" have emerged from a video posted by composer Mark Kilian.

A rough cut demo video featuring Kilian's music uncovered by NeoGAF member Gitarooman shows what appears to be concept art and motion capture sessions for Osiris, but no actual gameplay. A hero character is shown entering a violent mob, then pulling a victim away. Other scenes include a character performing incantations and a plague of insects. Artwork of an earthquake, ritual sacrifice and masked priest indicate an ancient Egypt setting.

The rough cut video, said to be commissioned by Ubisoft Montreal, notes that Osiris comes "from the studio that brought you Assassin's Creed."

Portions of the motion capture appear to match up with screenshots from a video leaked last year just before E3, specifically one in which a dark character walks toward the camera through a parting crowd. Other screenshots leaked at the same time to NeoGAF member Wario64 featured a Ubisoft logo and the tagline "Judgment is coming."

Following the leak of another image last year that appeared to be from the same project, speculation arose that the unannounced game was tied to Ubisoft's Prince of Persia series.

Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat recently said that the Prince of Persia series has been "paused."

"As soon as we have something to show, we will," Mallat told IGN.

Polygon has contacted Ubisoft seeking comment on Osiris and its possible relationship to Prince of Persia.

Update: "The content in question was from a Ubisoft project that is no longer moving forward," a Ubisoft representative tells Polygon. [SOURCE]


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