For the eleventh episode of Season 4, we watched 2010's excessively white washed film about the royal family of the Persian Empire. That's right, we watched "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, and Alfre Molina. Of course, the only true star in this movie is Alfre Molina. Our only light and joy when watching this film came from that man. Thank you Alfre.

And now onto the history lesson. Don't be coy, I know that's why you come here.

As may be clear from the get-go, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” the film is based on “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” the game. I can forgive you if you're young and hadn't heard of the Prince of Persia series before the 2003 release of The Sands of Time, since there hadn't been a commercially successful Prince of Persia game since the 1993 release of “Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and The Flame”.

So yes, there were a trilogy of Prince of Persia games that came out before Ubisoft got their hands on the property. The third one was even called “Prince of Persia 3D” back in 1999. Truly the Bubsy 3D of the series. Actually I take that back. Comparing it to Bubsy 3D is completely unfair. Prince of Persia 3D is still playable and (at least to me) a bit fun, even if it has its little bugs. Although it was a critical and commercial failure and probably had a little to do with The Learning Company’s gaming division being sold to Ubisoft in 2001.

It was this that lead Ubisoft to release Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in 2003, only two years after buying the rights to it. They work fast.

Needless to say, Jordan Mechner (who created the franchise and was brought to Ubisoft to help with their reboot) was super wary of Ubisoft making a 3D Prince of Persia game, since he saw what happened with Prince of Persia 3D up close and personal. Fortunately his fears were unfounded and the new series was a resounding success, spawning two sequels, an ill-fated reboot, and an interquel.

I honestly don't have time to discuss the whole second reboot debacle, but it was fun times and I kinda liked that game, even if they didn't bring the proper ending DLC to pc. That's just mean.

In any case, there hasn't been a new Prince of Persia game in seven years now, which is the longest time between games since it first came to be in 1989. Get on that Ubisoft. For real.

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