While critics praise Ubisoft AC's new brainchild: Odessey, the company is slowly getting ready to reap the success of the new game among gamers after its release on October 5th.
At the same time, Ubisoft-owned mobile gaming studio Ketchapp released a new installment of the Prince of Persia series on mobile. Prince of Persia: Escape is a runner based on the classic 1989 game ...
If you think about it, it's very ironic that a mobile game is released in one week, which is only a faded shadow of the original series, and at the same time an AAA project that at one time finally buried the franchise we once loved, and is entirely on its bones. We wondered how it happened that the Prince of Persia went into oblivion?
Era of the Sands of Time
Today, when someone recalls this series of games and calls it a cult one, they most likely recalls the three parts released from 2003 to 2005. We don't deny how good the classic 90s Prince games were, but it's worth clarifying that it was a completely different game back then than the one we're talking about.
All three parts about the sands of time were great and received good reviews from critics and the love of millions of players. The first and most successful part sold 14 million copies. We had a good storyline, well-developed gameplay and characters, and parkour. Then, when the gaming industry was not so popular, it became nonsense. The second part sold much worse, only 800 thousand copies per year. There were some holes in it, which were then patched in Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, which brought the series back into action.
The developer began to prepare a sequel. However, in order not to repeat himself and make a good product, he decided to change the concept a little. In the new part of the game, you had to play as an assassin, who was the young prince's personal guard. Soon, the project has grown and moved away from the original source that it split into an independent game called Assassin's Creed, and in parallel with it, the studio began to restart the original Prince series.
The year everything changed
It was 2007. It was then that the first assassin was born, telling us about the order of assassins fighting against the Templars. A previously unseen success fell on the studio - 11 million copies sold in a year. When Prince of Persia was relaunched in 2008, it only sold 2.5 million copies.
Despite the fact that the project was really of high quality and had many technical innovations, sales spoke for themselves. The global community has only discussed Assassin's Creed.
The fact is that every year the industry got bigger, and the time when sales of 2 million copies would be a good result is over. Prince was a project based on a cool franchise that spent a lot of money to develop to no avail, and Assassin became something new and shot. Realizing this fully, Ubisoft took a step towards commercial success.
The problem is also that while continuing to release game after game, each of the Assassin's Creed games performed better than the Prince, from sales to widespread public interest. Today the series has sold over 100 million copies, and with the release of the new part, that number will increase in a few days. The last series did not even dream of such a thing, even taking into account that Prince of Persia existed since 1989, and Assassin's Creed since 2007.
Unfortunately, in a business environment, which is what the gaming industry is, how a game is sold is important.
Forgotten Sands ...
It is worth saying that the income from the Prince was stable, but they still could not equal the new franchise at that time. And it is logical to invest resources where more income will come from. So in 2010, the last part of the Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands franchise was released.
She was praised for the graphics, as well as for the good work on the Nintendo Wii U. However, she did not breathe the atmosphere, plot and quality of battles compared to the previous parts. The game became mediocre, which was released with one goal - to end the series in order to fully engage in Assassin's Creed. Alas, the developers deliberately killed their game in order to build a new one in its place, which, unlike its predecessor, has gone through a crisis, and this week will again burst into us.
Many are in no hurry to bury the Prince, but in order for Yubisoft to develop a new part, they must be sure that it will sell better than their current project. No matter how difficult it is to guess, there are few chances. However, let us amuse ourselves with the fact that we still have our favorite old games of the Prince of Persia series.
The Topic of Article: Why did the Prince of Persia series go into oblivion?.