Prince of Persia: Rival Swords

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Prince of Persia movie trailer pops up

Prince of Persia movie trailer pops up

See Jake and Gemma go at it. So to speak.

A new trailer for the Prince of Persia movie has appeared on YouTube.

It shows the eponymous hero, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, running, jumping and generally swishing his sword about. He's got an English accent, by the sounds of things.

Also featured are Gemma Arterton, who plays sidekick Tamina, and Ben Kingsley, who must be a baddie judging by that beard.

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Prince of Persia: Rival Swords

Prince of Persia: Rival Swords

Any port in a sandstorm.

I do my bit for the environment. I care for the Earth. I might not throw my potato peelings on the compost heap to mulch the organic vegetable garden, or collect rainwater in a plastic tub to share a bath in, but I like to play my part. Like, for instance, not buying a new pair of shoes until I can feel the painful crunch of gravel on my socks, borrowing somebody else's newspaper when they've finished reading it, buying the heavily discounted, near-its-sell-by-date bread at the local supermarket to stop them senselessly disposing of it, or maybe just not turning the heating on unless it's really, really cold.

Actually, come to think of it, I think I'm confusing environmentalist with skinflint. But, hey, the sentiment's still there.

Ubisoft, however - and here's the inevitable segue - are far more adept than you or I at recycling. Reusing old assets and rehashing popular franchises has become something of a stock in trade for the company lately. Ever since the Wii launched they've been desperate to port across all of their biggest names. And kudos to them for supporting the console wholeheartedly in its early, unfounded days. If we were being nice, we'd applaud their efforts to embrace the new control scheme and use this unique environment to experiment with some of their most beloved franchise titles. Clearly, by establishing a base camp now, they'll be off to a running start when they introduce their later, better works.

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Rival Swords clash in March.

Ubisoft has confirmed that March 2007 will see the release of Prince of Persia: Rival Swords for Nintendo Wii.

Prince of Persia returns to PSP

Expanded Two Thrones.

The Prince of Persia is set to return to PlayStation Portable this Christmas in a game based on the last console title, The Two Thrones, but with exclusive levels and multiplayer options.

Prince of Persia Wii confirmed

Prince of Persia Wii confirmed

On top of seven Ubi launch titles.

Having announced a target of seven titles for the Nintendo Wii launch, French publisher Ubisoft has confirmed that it is also developing a new Prince of Persia game for the system.

Last week the company revealed that Red Steel, Rayman Raving Rabbids, Far Cry, Blazing Angels, Monster 4x4 World Circuit, Open Season and GT Pro Series would be around for the launch, but of most interest to many was a disputed version of that press release which was hastily swept under the nearest magic carpet within hours of appearing on a French news website.

That version made reference to a Prince of Persia title, and clearly the publisher has heard the old one about barn doors, horses and bolting. "A game based on the popular Prince of Persia franchise is one of many titles Ubisoft has in development for Nintendo's Wii," the company told 1UP this week. "At this time we can not provide an official date for the game or any additional information about it."

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Ubi targets seven for Wii launch

Ubi targets seven for Wii launch

Far Cry, Blazing Angels, more.

Ubisoft has demonstrated its confidence in Nintendo Wii with the promise of seven titles at launch.

The French publisher had previously announced Red Steel and Rayman Raving Rabbids for Wii, and this week followed it up with talk of Far Cry, Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII, Monster 4x4 World Circuit, Open Season and GT Pro Series.

A disputed French version of the publisher's press announcement also made reference to a Prince of Persia Wii title, although that release was soon retracted and reworded to reference other, unnamed games also in development.

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