Prince of Persia Heads for the Kiddy Pool

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See that image of a cutesy Prince up above? That’s an actual piece of concept art from a new Prince of Persia DS game Ubisoft just announced. It’s called Prince of Persia: The Fallen King and it’s being developed by Ubisoft’s Casablanca studio to compliment the forthcoming console and PC Prince of Persia that’s due out this fall/winter and expand the PoP universe with an “independent storyline.” Over more than 50 maps, you’ll control the adorable Prince and some new character named Magus using the stylus to attack and perform various acrobatic maneuvers. Nothing too fancy.

Already there’s been a lot of backlash over the “kiddy” new look, but personally, I don’t mind it at all. The new console/PC PoP too is changing things up with cel-shaded graphics, and to me this seems like an obvious way to compliment the new art direction for the DS crowd. Ultimately, it won’t be the art and graphics that make or break the game anyway, the only thing that’ll matter is if the game is any good or not. We’ll find out this holiday season.

Hit the jump for the first screenshot, another piece of concept art and an outline of story details and game features.

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About Prince of Persia: The Fallen King:
Facing imminent danger, the Prince flees to a deserted kingdom that seemingly offers sanctuary. Already touched by the evil Corruption, a dark substance that physically contaminates the land and the skies, the kingdom is filled with adventure, challenge and intrigue. As the Prince seeks a way to fight the spreading Corruption destroying the land, he encounters a partially infected creature that promises salvation. But is the creature truly an ally or merely an enemy in disguise? It seems this perilous alliance may be the only way for the Prince to face the forces of darkness and save the Persian kingdom from the Corruption once and for all.

Game features include:

* The award-winning Prince of Persia franchise, built exclusively for Nintendo DS: Use the DS stylus to master the acrobatics, strategy and fighting tactics of the most agile warrior of all time.
* The epic journey continues in an all-new adventure: Immerse yourself in the captivating Prince of Persia universe with an original and independent story that closely coincides with the action of the console & PC editions of the game.
* Unique visual style: Brand-new art design delivers incredible environments in over 50+ maps. Explore deserted cities, dark labyrinths and forbidding jungles to battle the evil Corruption.
* Play as the all-new character: the Magus: Switch between the Prince and this mysterious new ally to fight, solve puzzles and utilize his magical powers to make your way through the corrupted land.

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