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Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and The Flame remake coming to mobile devices

Mechner explains what the never made third PoP would have been about.

Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and The Flame is getting remade for smartphones and tablets, Ubisoft has announced.

The remake - which drops the "2" from the title - will feature enhanced graphics, sound, and touch controls ala Prince of Persia Classic, series creator Jordan Mechner noted on his blog.

Mechner also discussed the process of creating the original Prince of Persia 2. Since it was made before people could just send files back and forth on the interwebs and Mechner was moving from New York to Paris while developer Broderbund was based out of California, he sent a 217 page "bible" detailing what he wanted the game to be.

"There were cuts and trims, for the usual budget/schedule reasons," said Mechner, "but I'm most struck by how much was kept, and how faithfully it was executed."

Mechner also cleared up the mystery surrounding a strange old woman with a serpent tattoo on her forehead at PoP2's conclusion. Evidently, she was designed to be the villain in a third game that was never made. "In that never-written third game, the Old Witch would have been the primary antagonist. She's the arch-villainess who gave Jaffar his powers, the one behind the slaughter of the prince's parents and sacking of his home city, and whom he is destined to vanquish one day," wrote Mechner.

Check out the spruced up mobile version of Prince of Persia: The Shadow and The Flame in the debut trailer below.

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