Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal, has confirmed in an interview that the Prince of Persia franchise is “paused” for the moment. He has reassured fans that the series remains an integral component of Ubisoft’s arsenal, however, and isn’t about to disappear forever.
Explaining the unexpected hiatus, Mallat elaborated on the need for brainstorming before the series’ future direction is decided:
“Brand management is a tricky thing…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.”
2010′s Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands was generally well-rated, unlike Disney’s movie tie-in, which was released the same year to a decidedly lukewarm reception. Since then speculation has come and gone over the next step for the franchise, including a purportedly legitimate screenshot that was leaked onto a Ubisoft forum in 2012. No real information ever came of it, but based on Mallat’s statement it is safe to say that Prince of Persia will almost certainly be back:
“I’m not scared at all for Prince of Persia fans. We’ll find something to entertain them with in the future. Prince of Persia is part of Ubisoft’s portfolio.”
The only real unknown is when.