Posts Tagged ‘Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands’
It’s official, the videogame streaming service OnLive will debut on June 17 in the US, which is also the last day of E3. Their will be a monthly subscription of $14.95 and other fees like renting or owning a game will be extra.
According to COO Mike McGarvey, who talked to MCV, the membership price “provides access to an ever-increasing library of high-end, new release game content and a host of exclusive community feature such as Brag Clips and massive spectating.” He also noted that “individual titles will be available for purchase or rental on an a la carte basis. Specific game pricing, including rentals,purchases and loyalty programs, will be announced prior to the consumer launch event at E3. We’ll also be announcing additional loyalty and discount programs for consumers in the coming months.”
When the service launches, it will only be available for both the PC and Mac; however, the home Micro Console — which allows games to played on any TV — is scheduled before years end. “For the initial rollout of the consumer service, we are focusing on delivering high-performance games to PCs and Macs and we will be making an announcement regarding our plans for the MicroConsole rollout later on in the year,” said McGarvey.
Three titles have been confirmed when OnLive launches on the internet, which are Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed II and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, along with THQ’s Metro 2033. Although, expect more to be announced soon — maybe even tonight when OnLive has a keynote during GDC.
It’s been known for awhile that Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros and THQ have all jumped on the OnLive bandwagon. However, up until this point the biggest publisher in the world — Activision — has yet to be sold on the streaming service concept.
After the jump, read about what I think is the biggest hurdle for OnLive. (more…)
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One of my favorite series of all time is Prince of Persia. When I learned that Disney greenlit a film adaption of the videogame, I was ecstatic beyond belief — especially when you consider the games never sold up to expectations. Ubisoft is obviously banking on the fact the franchise can now finally become a smash-hit, something it should have been years ago. But this time, it should have some momentum because of the movie.
This May, when the film hits theaters, Ubisoft announced earlier in the week that a sequel to the film and videogame of the Sands of Time will be in stores. They decided to debut the trailer at the Video Game Awards, but sadly everything looks CGish.
The only real news to come out of the clip, is the design of how the Prince will look this time around. He looks more like the film character, and less like the star from the Sands of Time videogame.
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Let’s face it, if you are gonna watch the Video Game Awards tomorrow, chances are you’re not viewing it for the awards. Sure, when it started back in 2003, Spike TV was hoping that they could do what MTV did with the Video Music Awards, where the channel recognized the best music videos of the year — but instead of doing the professional award ceremony like the Oscars, they produced it as an edgy accolade show.
I haven’t met a gamer that stays home on a Saturday night, anticipating which game will win ‘Game of the Year.’ Instead, they are watching it for the world premieres of exciting upcoming games. Videogame journalist, Geoff Keighley, who has been promoting the heck out of the VGAs, told Destructoid that “more than 12″ games will debut during the show.
So far, Crackdown 2, the Medal of Honor reboot, UFC 2010, Halo: Reach, TRON and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, have all been confirmed to be revealed during the ceremony. Now, if you count all the games mentioned above, that would mark only six titles — meaning we will see at the very least, six more. However, we do know that Activision plans to show off a cop game that takes place in Hong Kong, LucasArts is announcing something at the show and an unannounced shooter by 2K will be unveiled. That brings the total number to nine. So, we are left with three more world premieres, possibly more.
“We definitely have some pretty major surprises still to come,” Keighley told the website. “Essentially, the biggest thing in the show hasn’t even been announced yet.” That sounds rather exciting, doesn’t it? What could it be? Well…I have no clue. Although, if you are thinking it could be Dead Space 2 or Sony’s motion controller, it isn’t — Keighley confirmed that won’t be shown in any capacity.
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Ubisoft has just confirmed a new Prince of Persia game, subtitled “The Forgotten Sands,” is going to be available for next-generation consoles and handhelds. According to the small official press release, the next installment of the highly-praised series is expected to launch sometime in May of 2010. What is probably not a coincidence is the fact that Disney is set to release the film adaption of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time the same month and year.
Not only that, Ubisoft revealed this next PoP game is going to “feature many of the fan-favorite elements from the original series as well as new gameplay innovations.” Is it sounding like a sequel to the 2004 critically-acclaimed The Sands of Time to you? Well of course it does and the company confirmed it will be returning to the storyline of the Sands of Time. Although, I’m not convinced it’ll follow the game — but rather the film.
All and all, the publisher looks as though they’re trying to capitalize as much as they can when the film hits theaters, as they obviously should. Every time a new Prince of Persia hits stores the game does very well with the critics; however, they don’t seem to sell like they should — hopefully the film will help this next version become a blockbuster.
I should also note that the “Prince” has had a different look in every game he had starred in. It will be interesting to see if this time around he’ll look more like Jake Gyllenhaa from the Prince in the film, or be more like the videogame character of The Sands of Time.
Read the press release after the jump. (more…)
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