On April 22nd, Ubisoft Reflections engineer Drew James tweeted a photo that depicted various incarnations of the Prince from his 2D sprite days, to his 2008 cel-shaded rendition for seventh generation consoles. Underneath the photos of the Prince, James wrote "What next for #Prince of Persia?" Needless to say, many onlookers took James' tweet as a playful tease of a new "Prince of Persia" game being worked on by Ubisoft. Now, as pointed out by Eurogamer and VGLeaks, James' cryptic message and Twitter profile itself have been taken offline. Clicking on James' twitter post embedded by various gaming websites will only lead to a 404 offline message. However, you can still see James' Twitter handle used in the search section of Twitter.
Given the swift and severe action taken by Ubisoft towards James' account, it's clear the new "Prince of Persia" tease wasn't endorsed by the French publisher. Usually, a mistake like this would only warrant a deleted tweet, but the deletion of James' Twitter profile shows how serious Ubisoft is about its employee spilling the beans.
The tease came after a week of news reports suggesting a new "Prince of Persia" game would use the UbiArt engine from "Rayman Legends." Given that, and the publisher's cover up, it's clear Ubisoft are working on a new "Prince of Persia" title. When Ubisoft will officially announce the new "Prince of Persia" game is uncertain, but this year's E3 conference is currently the best bet.
While the first game originated on the Apple II in 1989, The "Prince of Persia" series is best known for its critically-acclaimed 2003 reboot titled "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," for PS2, GameCube, Xbox, and PC.