Retail PC version of next “Prince of Persia” totally DRM free.

Kudos to Ubisoft for listening to customers and taking a chance. They’ve announced that the retail release of the PC version of Prince of Persia will have no DRM at all:

“A lot of people complain that DRM is what forces people to pirate games but as PoP PC has no DRM we’ll see how truthful people actually are,” said Easton in a post on the Ubisoft forums. “Not very, I imagine.”

Easton later clarified that only the retail copies will be devoid of DRM: “I was purely talking about store-bought copies of PoP which have no copy protection.”

So the digital download still has DRM, but the disc version doesn’t. Keep that in mind when deciding which one to buy. I’d be happy as a clam except that I won’t be buying the PC version of PoP because it’s a platformer and I prefer to play those on a console. I’ll still be buying PoP for the PS3 so it’s not like they won’t get some money out of me, assuming I don’t get it for Christmas, but at least they’re giving a DRM free PC version a shot. If you’re thinking of buying the game for the PC then you now have an excellent reason to do so. Plus I hear the game is pretty good.

Updated: The folks at GoGamer.com have PoP on sale for $30. Even more reason to buy it.

Games I’m looking forward to: Prince of Persia.

I’m a long time fan of the Prince of Persia series of games having played the original on my Commodore 64 back in 1989. I thought the reboot they did on the PS2—Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time—was excellent, but the next two games suffered a bit from sequelitis. They weren’t bad, but not as awe inspiring as the first. When I first saw screenshots from the latest PoP game designed specifically for the Next Gen consoles I was skeptical at first, but after seeing it in motion I’m excited once again:

Of particular note is the young woman, Elika, who fights alongside the prince against the forces of darkness. The first game also featured a female companion, Farah, who was mainly there to help with some of the puzzles in the game. While Farah was armed with a bow and arrow her contribution to fighting off the monsters was… pathetic. She was only able to shoot one arrow every thirty seconds or so and ends up being more of a problem than a help as you’re continually saving her from the monster she annoys.

In contrast Elika is an amazing partner that will be integral not only in solving the puzzles, but in successfully defeating the monsters you have to fight. Check out the following footage showing off some of the first level and see just how much Elika contributes to the fight. She’s not just a companion, she’s a necessity:

That’s some wicked cool game play there and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. It’ll hit store shelves on December 2nd so I’m going to have to hope I get it for Krismas.

The next “Prince of Persia” looks awesome.

There’s a new trailer out for the next iteration of the Price of Persia games and it looks great. The best part is your female companion in this one looks to actually be useful instead of standing around and whining most of the time. It’s especially impressive in high def. Check it:

Yep, gonna have to put that one on my Wish List.