The Prince of Persia franchise may have dodged a bullet this generation, saving fans from the discomfort of seeing the series thrust into the modern age, an idea that was ultimately scrapped for a PoP reboot of a different nature.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution art director Jonathan Jacques-Belletête tells CVG that he once led a small team of Ubisoft developers on a project that would have starred a modern day prince platforming through a post-apocalyptic desert world.


"Think a bit 'Day After Tomorrow,' but replace the snow with sand and everything," Jacques-Belletête says of the scrapped Prince of Persia. The designer says that Ubi sought something "completely out of the left field," but nixed that project in favor of the stylized 2008 Prince of Persia.

Given the somewhat rocky nature of the Prince of Persia brand over the past decade, it wouldn't have come as too much of a surprise to see such a serious shake-up. But it sure sounds... scary.

Modern day Prince of Persia scrapped by Ubisoft [CVG]