The Future Of Prince Of Persia And Splinter Cell
If you are an avid gamer, you have undoubtedly heard of Prince of Persia, let alone played this magnificent game. Part of what makes the game, so captivating is the sense of adventure that goes along with it. For a long time, though, Prince of Persia and the equally popular Splinter Cell that both belong to the Ubisoft stable, have seen some sort of an impasse as far as their upcoming versions are concerned. What could be the matter, really, where it comes to the same? Let’s take a look, shall we?
Infact, the Chief Creative Officer of Ubisoft himself, Serge Hascoet, clearly stated in his own words that he loves both Splinter Cell and the Prince of Persia.
It seems pretty odd, then, that these hugely popular games have been denied the limelight for so long, right?
Well, Serge goes on to further reveal that they are fighting for resources and that it is a matter of means, and not of will.
Of course, it comes across as downright strange that one of the biggest game publishers in the world is seemingly fighting for resources. Dig a little deeper, though, and you will find that there are some things that Hascoet is not willing to divulge. Could it be the fact that the slumping sales in both these once hugely popular games, is the reason behind the company not wanting to make a foray into a sequel in either of the series?
Why We Believe There Are Sequels To The Prince Of Persia And Splinter Cell Games?
It was in the year 2013 that Ubisoft hoped to sell five million copies of its Splinter Cell: Blacklist. What happened, of course, is another story altogether. They fell a few million shorts of that estimate during the early release window of the game. There is little information about the sales data of Prince of Persia during its latter years, but whatever evidence there is, is enough to suggest that a sequel would be out of consideration, were it to be solely based on such figures.
However, it was only recently that Ubisoft released a Sam Fisher cameo in Ghost Recon Wildlands, and that would probably lead us to believe that there is a new Splinter Cell Game in the making, amidst widespread rumors regarding the very same, during the time of those E3 leaks. Besides that, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey even has a small Splinter Cell Easter Egg. In fact, Ubisoft has been known in the past to tease its users in lieu of its upcoming games, and this would only lead us to believe that there is indeed another Splinter Cell on its way to its users. Splinter Cell was quite the rage back then, but there hasn’t been a single game since the year 2013.
There were further revelations that were made by Hascoet in his interview to Game Informer. He says that they moved from Prince of Persia to Assassin’s Creed, because they believed that the prototype was convincing enough to do something fresh and new.
Of course, we haven’t heard of anything regarding the Prince of Persia for awhile now, even though the creator of the series, Jordan Mechner, said that they have been trying their best to make a sequel come out sometime soon. However, there remains no tangible indication that something of the sort is going to happen.
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Further Revelations From The Ubisoft Stable
In fact, Hascoet was even asked if there was a possibility of working with external developers, but he kept those assumptions at bay by asserting that at this time, they only wish to work internally. And why wouldn’t they, considering the fact that they are one of the biggest gaming companies out there? That being said, he did concede that Ubisoft would be open to working with others for smaller opportunities with a smaller team, in case there was a win-win scenario for both parties involved.
The rest of the interview is also interesting, for instance the part where Hascoet says that the company has no single rule, where it comes to creating IP. He goes on to add that they simply have to believe in the ideas, and those ideas can come from the people who know how to make games. Once they believe in the idea, of course, they decide to make the game.
Ideas, of course, are so important because if you don’t latch onto a great idea, someone else might latch onto another great idea and steal the limelight from you.
It might seem, then, that the company wants to create some sort of interest in the minds of its consumers, before it goes full steam ahead. Of course, they do need to keep a track of the time that is passing. It has been around five years since the last release of Splinter Cell, after all.
The Prince of Persia is not one to fall far behind Splinter Cell, of course. This widely popular game has been reworked twice since its acquisition by Ubisoft, and has even been developed into a feature movie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. In fact, since the first remake of Price of Persia, the series has seen eight different sequels on ten different gaming platforms.
You will see there is more to it than meets the eye. If it were really all that simple, we would have seen the Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell sequels a long time ago. There are so many games in today’s market, and it is obvious that the developers are keeping a lot of things in consideration where it comes to planning exactly when the foray into the market for the sequels of these games, should be.
For all of you diehard Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia fans out there, then, there is still hope. After all, it did take Beyond Good & Evil 2 nearly 15 years to get announced by Ubisoft, so you never know what is in store for you from the house of Ubisoft. All it takes is a little bit of patience and in no time you will be back to playing your favorite game.
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