Making Metroidvanias more manageable
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is the newest entry in the Prince of Persia series, and it’s coming to Switch early next year. Ubisoft has announced that the game will include a number of accessibility options, a feature that’s becoming more and more common in modern games. In particular, the devs say they’re trying to help make common frustrations with Metroidvania style games less punishing.
One of the big new features in The Lost Crown is called the Eye of the Wanderer, and it allows players to take screenshots of areas and pin them to their map for later reference. There will also be an optional “guided mode” that shows where objectives are, as well as whether a path is accessible or blocked off during exploration. Senior Game Designer Rémi Boutin hopes features like these will keep players from getting lost or confused, noting that, “the genre is quite dependent on being able to “take mental notes”; remembering and visualizing things like blocked paths, or situations that need tools or powers that you don’t have.”
Click here to read the full list of accessibility options that will be featured, including colorblind accessibility, control customization, and more. Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown will release on January 18, 2024.