The Prince of Persia
series is finally making a return, but as a VR escape room rather than the new video game many were likely hoping for.
Ubisoft announced Prince of Persia: The Dagger of Time on Wednesday, a co-operative escape room that utilizes VR set in the Prince of Persia universe. It’s the developer’s third location-based VR escape room after making two others based on the Assassin’s Creed series.
To be clear, these aren’t VR escape room games you can play on a personal headset at home – they are actual, physical escape rooms that incorporate VR into their puzzles and presentation, only playable in one of the 300+ locations Ubisoft has them setup.
The Dagger of Time puts between two and four players in a “reimagined Fortress of Time,” a location originally from Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. Unsurprisingly given its theme and location, players will need to use the time control powers of its titular dagger to solve puzzles and stop a sand army from being raised. Also similar to the games, Ubisoft says it has tried to incorporate some amount of the verticality and traps the games are known, but that the focus is on time control.
It’s been 10 years since the last proper Prince of Persia game, 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, which was met with a slightly mixed but generally positive reception. Ubisoft told IGN back in 2013 that the Prince of Persia franchise had been “paused.”
And while this probably isn’t the follow-up fans were hoping for, The Dagger of Time is scheduled to launch this spring. Also, it almost certainly doesn’t count as one of the five AAA Ubisoft announced it has coming in the next year.
Tom Marks is IGN’s Deputy Reviews Editor and resident pie maker. You can follow him on Twitter.