Here is the complete breakdown of the Prince of Persia timeline following the release of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is the latest installment in a series that has captivated gamers for nearly three and a half decades. Prince of Persia has achieved massive success on its own and paved the way for another Ubisoft hit, Assassin's Creed, which has drawn heavy inspiration from the PoP games.
Despite its enduring popularity, the timeline of the beloved franchise has become somewhat convoluted over the years. With the release of “Lost Crown,” you might be curious about its placement in the chronological order of the Prince of Persia games. So, here is the entire Prince of Persia timeline explained.
- 1 Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown Timeline Explained
- 2 Prince of Persia Timeline Explained
- 3 Prince of Persia OG Trilogy Timeline
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown Timeline Explained
Let’s begin with the most recent Prince of Persia title. The Lost Crown takes you on a standalone journey, which means it’s free from the baggage of previous timelines. The game breaks tradition by featuring Saigon, a member of the Immortal, as its protagonist. In this unique twist, the Prince takes on a secondary role, contributing to the main story as more of a side character.
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The game's plot revolves around the abduction of Prince Ghassan, who is held captive in Mount Qaf. Tasked with the rescue mission, the seven Immortals, led by Sargon, navigate the mountains, confront obstacles, and ultimately succeed in bringing the Prince back.
Prince of Persia Timeline Explained
Having discussed the Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown timeline, let’s have a look at the other games in the series.
Prince of Persia (2008)
Although it came after the Sands of Time trilogy, the 2008 soft reboot is Ubisoft's first game in chronological order. Set in Ancient Persia, the story unfolds around 1,000 years before the events of The Sands of Time.
Prince of Persia: The Fallen King (2008)
The 2008 Prince of Persia's epilogue revealed that both the Prince and Elika, the Princess, survived the game's events, with the Prince reviving her. Their paths, however, diverge after defeating her father, setting the stage for The Fallen King. Elika, now with the Ahura, leads a band of resistance fighters against Ahriman while the Prince searches for the king of The City of New Dawn.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2003)
A millennium after the events of the 2008 reboot, the first Ubisoft trilogy begins, initiating a sequence of events driven by selfish greed. The catalyst is the longing to manipulate time for the sole purpose of prolonging one's own life.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (2010)
Once The Sands of Time reset everything, the story gets a bit tricky. It's not just because the Prince has been time-jumping, but also because the order of events doesn't match when the games were actually released. The next installment, The Forgotten Sands, takes place between the events of The Sands of Time and Warrior Within.
Battles of Prince of Persia (2005)
In 2005, a DS game called Battles of Prince of Persia was released, narrating events between The Sands of Time and Warrior Within. The Prince discovers that the Dahaka, a physical manifestation of fate, is hunting him because he manipulated time to evade death. This game is set right after the Forgotten Sands.
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (2004)
Seven years after meddling with the Sands of Time, Warrior Within shows the Prince still on the run from the relentless Dahaka, the monstrous guardian of the timeline. He desperately looks for a path to solace other than death.
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (2005)
The Two Thrones, released in 2005, confirmed that the canonical ending is the second one from Warrior Within, where the Prince wields the Water Sword. This storyline has the Prince defeating the Dahaka, preventing the creation of the Sands of Time, and saving Kaileena.
Prince of Persia OG Trilogy Timeline
The first three Prince of Persia games stand as a standalone trilogy. They have no canonical relation with the modern PoP games, but they are always worth revisiting if you love retro games. The first game is all about love and adventure. You're a prince on a mission to save a princess. It's super short but packed with action and cool moves. The second game continues the story, but the third game goes off on its own adventure.
Prince of Persia (1989)
Before time travel and sand daggers, there was a different Prince of Persia. In 1989, when computer games were just getting started, this one offered a slow and steady challenge. It's like a mix of puzzles and platforming, a bit like “Out of This World.” Take a trip back to ancient Persia, about 200 years after the adventures of Sands of Time. Our nameless Prince is stuck in a prison, but he's got a mission: escape and save the Princess from a wicked wizard.
Prince Of Persia 2: The Shadow And The Flame (1993)
Building on the moderate success of the initial game, The Shadow And The Flame was released in 1993. Just 11 days after rescuing the Princess, our Prince gets hit with a nasty spell from a jealous Vizier. Now everyone thinks he's someone else! Undeterred, he hops on a ship and sets sail, dodging danger and the Vizier's clutches. His goal? Break the curse, return to the palace, and reunite with his one true love.
Prince of Persia 3D (1999)
The conclusion of the preceding title hinted at a potential sequel, but the third Prince of Persia game opted for a different narrative. In this installment, the Prince sets out on a 3D adventure to liberate himself and the Sultan from prison, ultimately confronting the mischievous brother of the latter, Assan.