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Alan Wake, Prince of Persia, Blur fail at retail


Red Dead Redemption may have been a veritable blockbuster hit, but other big hitters failed to make an impact at retail. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has noted that several high-profile games all failed to hit 200,000 in unit sales.

These titles include Alan Wake, Blur, Prince of Persia, Lost Planet 2, Skate and movie-game adaptations Shrek and Iron Man 2. Additionally, UFC 2010 saw sales down 60% compared to its predecessor; even Super Mario Galaxy 2 performed “well below” the first game.

This is scary in the fact that these games have cost millions of dollars to make and that they won’t be making almost any profit. Pachter notes that these results “reinforce the notion that the video game industry is in a state of persistent secular decline.”

Prince of Persia Video Diary

A new developer diary for Prince of Persia has been released, showing off footage from the upcoming action-adventure game. Developers talk about the open-world nature of the game, on-demand dialog system, story and other aspects of the title.

The game is due out December 2 on PS3 and Xbox 360; a PC version is expected on December 9.

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Significant Prince of Persia DLC in the Making

Keeping in mind how downloadable content has become popular and how developers want to monetize their games further, Ubi producer Ben Mattes confirmed that “significant” DLC for single-player title Prince of Persia is in the making.

“We certainly have plans for downloadable content, [but] we can’t really say more than that right now,” said Mattes.

Thankfully, the content won’t simply be new skins or weapons, but actually something “significant” in the form of a “new story, a new experience, maybe a prequel, maybe a sequel,” according to the producer.

“We’re going to do something that really offers a lot of value for the player. In terms of when: sometime next year – I’m not sure of exactly when, it’s all still in discussion.”

The new Prince of Persia title is due out December 5 on PS3 and Xbox 360; PC is due out the following week.

Jake Gyllenhaal Cast as Prince

Ever thought of who would be the actor to play the Prince in the coming Prince of Persia movie? Well, think no more – Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Jake Gyllenhaal has been cast to be the lead actor in the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time film in the titular role of the Prince. He will play opposite Gemma Arterton as the princess Tamina.

Gyllenhaal has had a pretty interesting career, known best for his roles in Brokeback Mountain and Donnie Darko.

The movie is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and is being directed by Mike Newell. It is start filming this July on a script penned by Jordan Mechner, the person responsible for the creation of the Prince of Persia series back in 1989.

Free Ubisoft Games

Ubisoft has released four of its older games for free – Far Cry, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Rayman Raving Rabbids and Ghost Recon. They are supported by in-game advertising and will require a free Ubi.com account to play. Unfortunately, this is US-only, so you’ll need to have a Ubi account with an US address, though it’s easy to create one even if you aren’t in the region.

Grab the games from 3D Downloads and Gamer’s Hell.

New Game Wallpapers

I had been meaning to upload these wallpapers for quite some time now, but just couldn’t get around to doing it… until now.

Well, enjoy the following wallpapers derived from concept art, among other things. I take no credit for these wallpapers (except for the appropriate cropping) and would like to thank the artists for creating such awesome art for game development and for us – the fans.

All nine wallpapers below are in 1920×1200 resolution, suited for wide-screen monitors; they have also been formatted for display on the PSP.

As usual, please link back to this post when you want to share these wallpapers and please do not link directly to the images themselves.

More after the jump.
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Prince of Persia: Rival Swords Officially Announced

Prince of Persia Rival Swords PSP box artRevealed earlier, Ubisoft officially announced Prince of Persia: Rival Swords, the PSP sequel to Revelations and the portable version of The Two Thrones. Featuring new original content such as additional levels and new multiplayer modes, the game is scheduled to ship this Christmas in Europe and next year in North America. Details:

In Prince of Persia Rival Swords, the Prince makes his way home to Babylon, bearing with him Kaileena, the enigmatic Empress of Time, and unspeakable scars from the Island of Time. But instead of the peace he longs for, he finds his kingdom ravaged by war and Kaileena the target of a brutal plot. When she is kidnapped, the Prince tracks her to the palace – only to see her murdered by a powerful enemy. Her death unleashes the Sands of Time, which strike the Prince and threaten to destroy everything he holds dear. Cast out on the streets, hunted as a fugitive, the Prince soon discovers that the Sands have tainted him, too. They have given rise to a deadly Dark Prince, whose spirit gradually possesses him.

  • New multiplayer experience: Versus play in timed races as either the Prince or Dark Prince. Interrupt and impede your opponent’s progress by activating switches in your own level that will trigger traps and obstacles in their level.
  • Play and master two distinct characters: Wield the powers and weapons of two master warriors with different combat styles, attitudes and histories.
  • Choose your way to kill: Master the expanded Free-Form Fighting system to destroy enemies in your own style, strangle them from afar with the deadly Daggertail, or surprise them with crafty Speed Kills – the choice is yours.
  • Battle freely through Babylon: Dominate enemies on perilous rooftops, dodge through chaotic streets and ambush pursuers in dark underground passageways.
  • Immerse yourself in a dramatic story: Experience unparalleled depth in storytelling as you fight your way through a twisting tale filled with adrenaline, tension and discovery.
  • Brand-new chariot combat levels: Seize the reins of a chariot and battle through brand-new levels that are immediately available in the Main Menu for a quick adrenaline rush.
  • Experience a masterful blend of gameplay: True to the Prince of Persia franchise, the game provides a variety of action combat, agility and story-driven puzzles – all masterfully blended into a rich gaming experience.

Two for PSP from Ubi

The PSP will be getting some love from Ubisoft later this year in the form of two new games: Rainbow Six Vegas and a new Prince of Persia title. The French publisher announced that Rainbow Six Vegas, previously announced only for PS3 and Xbox 360, will also be making its way to the Sony handheld and will feature parallel its next-gen versions, though it will also include new content and all-new characters. Detailed information on the title can be found just after the jump.

Pipeworks Software, which delivered a port of Prince of Persia: Warrior Within to the PSP last year, is working on Prince of Persia Rival Swords, a conversion of Prince of Persia The Two Thrones. As expected, the PSP game will feature the same content as the original, but will also include a new multiplayer mode, allowing players to race against one another as the Prince and the Dark Prince. It will also include new single-player chariot race menus that exist outside of the game’s story. Rival Swords is set for release this Holiday season in Europe; North America will receive it sometime next year.
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Wii to Get Prince of Persia

IGN carries confirmation from Ubisoft that the Persian Prince will be making his acrobatic debut on the Wii. Present in the company’s French-language announcement regarding plans to have seven titles launch beside Wii, but mysteriously absent from the English-language press release, a rep from the company stated that a “game based on the popular Prince of Persia franchise” is in development. He, however, cannot offer any further details, nor provide an official release date meaning that it will probably not launch with the Wii later this year.