Prince Of Persia: The Lost Crown | Hype Check

Prince Of Persia: The Lost Crown | Hype Check

With Ubisoft’s Prince Of Persia: The Lost Crown now only a few weeks away, we wanted to touch base with some of our team to see how they’re feeling about the game. We’ve seen a range of media up to this point, from gameplay showcases and trailers, we’ve seen the press releases, and heard the talk, but how are we feeling? That’s where we’re bringing Hype Check into the mix; to get a gauge on what the prospective players are thinking. So here’s how we’re feeling about Prince Of Persia: The Lost Crown.

Jess Zammit

I was lucky enough to play a preview of this game a few weeks ago, and let me tell you – my excitement levels are way up. This is not my usual style of game. A 2D platformer/Metroidvania with battles that challenge you? Nah, not my bag. Except for, apparently, when it is. I’m so invested in the story of this game, and having tasted how good it feels to play, I am so ready for more.

Rob Caporetto

The announcement that Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown was one which certainly piqued interest. Doubly so because it was via comments from Jordan Mechner himself, which gives it a tad more credibility than many other attempts at a follow-up. Also, being 2D kind of helps in that regard as well.

But having had a chance to give it a (very) brief spin at PAX Aus this year, I’m certainly feeling excited for it. It happens to take the general movement ideas from the original (and its sequel), but combine them with more modern pacing and more interesting combat.

Somehow, I guess this is just what the series needed in terms of a shot in the arm – it might have taken some of those cues from other Metroidvania-style games, but it looks like it’s gonna work well here. At this point, I’m only pondering if it’ll be a better fit for the Switch or more powerful hardware, but from that PAX demo build, it seems like the Switch has enough up its sleeve to make it run well.

Jason Hawkins

I don’t pay attention to much games news. I didn’t know there was a new Prince of Persia game coming out until I saw Jess’ preview. I love the series but I fell off after they ditched the Forgotten Sands series and just let it flounder for years. I don’t know what’s gotten companies to have such a raging nostalgia-boner for old franchise, but here we are again. I’m keen as mustard for this game and hope it’s amazing, but I am going to wait for reviews before I jump on the bandwagon too much.

Paul James

Going hands-on with the game semi-recently at PAX AUS did a lot to allay concerns that I had. Tonally the trailers weren’t speaking to me greatly, despite the gameplay looking pretty rock solid, but now, having gone on to play the game myself, I’ve now associated that with a marketing approach that simply doesn’t speak to me because the gameplay experience of Prince Of Persia: The Lost Crown was one that I really enjoyed. The game looks and plays fantastically well (and I was playing it on the Switch in its handheld mode, so I can only imagine how great it’ll look on my PS5), so my interest has built considerably following a poor first impression. The game is launching at an ideal time too, essentially kicking off 2024, so consider me incredibly invested.

Stephen Del Prado

I had no idea this was even a thing until getting some hands-on time at PAX AUS this past October. Combining actual classic Mechner Prince of Persia with more modern elements of the Ubisoft entries feels like a good mixture, especially on a handheld like the Switch. If the price point is right, this could be a great pick up – I’m not too sure the gameplay is as well suited to a home console or PC experience. 

Matt Hewson

What I played at PAX has me super excited for this one. The original Prince of Persia was a staple on my old 286 computer when I was growing up so a return to 2D is welcome. The gameplay itself feels like a wonderful mashup of the 3D PoP games along with Dead Cells and from what I have played it has the appropriate amount of challenge one would associate with the Metroidvania genre. I am quite excited by this one and I feel like it is going to be the perfect experience for the Switch, Steamdeck or Ally.

Renee O'flynn

I never really played prince of Persia, which is a pity because I probably would have liked it. Now there’s too many games to play. I hope everyone who is looking forward to it enjoys it.

How are you feeling about the rapidly impending launch of Prince Of Persia: The Lost Crown? Let us know on our various social channels!

Time Unit Launch (January 15, 2024)


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