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Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame being remade for mobile devices

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Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame, Broderbund's 1993 sequel to the original Prince of Persia, is being remade by Ubisoft for smartphones and tablets, the company announced today.

The modern update will simply be called Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame. Ubisoft's debut trailer, which you can watch above, does not specify mobile platforms; it only says the game is "coming soon on smartphones and tablets."

Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner said on his personal blog today that the new game won't be a direct port of the MS-DOS original. According to Mechner, the mobile title "will feature updated graphics, sound and touch controls in the spirit of Prince of Persia Classic," the remake that was released on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network (and later on iOS and Android).

Mechner also posted a PDF of his original design document for Prince of Persia 2, which was developed by a Broderbund team in California while Mechner oversaw production from New York before he moved to Paris. While the studio had to make some cuts, as is typical during development, Mechner said, "I'm most struck by how much was kept, and how faithfully it was executed."