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Ubisoft scrapped modern Prince of Persia

Think The Day After Tomorrow, with sand.

Ubisoft started work on a Prince of Persia game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox set in the modern day but later decided to scrap it, according to a former employee of the French publisher.

Jonathan Jacques-Belletête, now art director on Eidos' Deus Ex: Human Revolution, told CVG, "[Ubisoft] wanted a spin off for Prince of Persia. We had some awesome ideas with that too... in contemporary time."

"So I had this little team, and [the game] was actually in the contemporary world," he continued. "Think a bit Day After Tomorrow, but replace the snow with sand and everything. It was really wicked. But it got cancelled, and then we did all the Far Crys."

Jacques-Belletête's work never saw the light of day. It wasn't absorbed into the 2008 Prince of Persia reboot or Assassin's Creed - both games were apparently already well into development at the time.

The last Prince of Persia game to see release was The Forgotten Sands earlier this year. Eurogamer's Dan Whitehead awarded it a relatively princely 6/10.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution arrives on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 early next year.