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Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown - A Fantastical Journey of Parkour, Combat, and Disappointing Sales

Once upon a time, within the realms of Ubisoft, a tale unfolded – the tale of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown. This epic adventure, inspired by Persi...

Ben Brosofsky

Jan 31, 2024

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown - A Fantastical Journey of Parkour, Combat, and Disappointing Sales

Once upon a time, within the realms of Ubisoft, a tale unfolded – the tale of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown. This epic adventure, inspired by Persian mythology and nestled upon the majestic Mount Qaf, sought to rekindle the glory of the franchise's early 2D days. With a fusion of platforming, parkour, action, and storytelling, it promised a nostalgic adventure for fans old and new alike.

Alas, despite its promising beginnings, the fates had a different story in mind. Whispers from inside sources revealed a grim truth: Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, while praised by critics, struggled to find its place in the hearts and homes of gamers worldwide. A mere 300,000 copies found their way into the hands of players, a number that left Ubisoft yearning for more. Oh, the agony of unmet expectations!

The critical reception proved to be a bittersweet symphony. Glowing reviews danced through the air, showering the game with praise as Metacritic scores soared between 86 and 88, depending on the platform. But alas, the applause did not translate into a standing ovation at the ticket counter. The Lost Crown could not summon the masses to join its majestic performance.

Insider Gaming's report painted a picture of gloom, revealing the meager revenue of $15 million earned by our protagonist. Unnamed Ubisoft employees whispered of a tarnished reputation, a discontented player base, and a lingering resentment that cast a shadow on the game's sales figures. Even though initial doubts had been soothed by positive reviews, the tale of The Lost Crown was losing its grip on the hearts of potential buyers.

As we gaze into the future, uncertainty shrouds the Prince of Persia franchise. The Forgotten Sands, released in 2009, stands as the last mainline title in the series, and Ubisoft hesitates to venture further into the realm of fully 3D games. Regrettably, the underwhelming sales of The Lost Crown may seal the fate of its sequel, despite some considering it one of the finest Prince of Persia adventures.

Oh, Ubisoft, how the tides have turned! Insider Gaming's report suggests that even though Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora triumphed with 1.9 million players and a revenue of $133 million, it pales in comparison to the treasure troves amassed by previous Ubisoft titles like Assassin's Creed: Valhalla and The Division. And lo and behold, the upcoming Skull and Bones, a venture that devoured over $200 million, may never sail back to shore with its pockets brimming. Fear not, for hope lingers on the horizon, as the next Assassin's Creed and Star Wars Outlaws prepare to unleash their might upon the gaming realm in 2024.

So, dear adventurers, immerse yourselves in the realms of The Lost Crown. Engage in daring platforming, partake in mesmerizing parkour, wield your sword with finesse, and let the enchanting Persian mythology sweep you away. But beware, for behind the curtain lies a tale of disappointing sales, a franchise at a crossroads, and a glimmer of hope for future adventures.

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