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Prince of Persia The Lost Crown gets a Steam release in August

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Ubisoft have announced that Prince of Persia The Lost Crown is finally coming to Steam on August 8th, making it much easier to play on Steam Deck and desktop Linux. No more screwing around with Epic Games Store or the Ubisoft Launcher as now it will be click and play thanks to Proton.

It will, however, still require a Ubisoft Connect account to be played. It also has Denuvo Anti-Tamper.

"Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is an action-adventure platformer that takes place in Mount Qaf, an imaginary world inspired by Persian mythology, where the player will live an epic adventure to save the Prince and restore world balance. Embodying Sargon, a young gifted Persian warrior in the cursed mythological heart of Persia, player will explore diverse biomes and fight challenging enemies by combining unique Time Powers and Super Abilities."

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Features:

  • Gain strength and find new powers as more and more of the world opens up to you.
  • Use your time powers, combat and platforming skills to perform deadly combos and defeat time-corrupted enemies and mythological creatures
  • Acquire and equip new amulets to adapt your play style to any given situation or to simply express yourself in and outside of fights.
  • Make use of the unique Memory Shards to take a snapshot of your world and remember what exactly it was you want to come back to later.
  • Adjust the difficulty level freely to one that matches your skill at any moment of the game.
  • A whole set of accessibility options to give everyone the possibility to play and enjoy this fantastic story.

You can follow it on Steam.

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JustinWood Jun 14
Quoting: NarcotixI played it on the Nintendo Switch (not finished yet, but not far from it). It's a pretty good Metroidvania in my opinion. The looks and feels kinda reminded me of Metroid Dread. I'd say it's not as great and complex as Hollow Knight, but pretty much on the same level as the Ori series (at least regarding the level-design/-structure and gameplay-wise). Hope that helps :D

Also: the last PoP I happened to like was Sands of Time on the GameCube - failed to have fun with pretty much every entry in the series since then, except for this one.

Seeing that it's 40% off on Switch currently, I'm curious, how's the performance? Any reason I should avoid this version over other platforms?
Denuvo and Ubi account. The perfect recipe to stay far far away from this game. Not to mention that the 'base' game costs €50

Thank you Ubisoft, I needed a good laugh.
sarmad Jun 14
Can someone explain what's wrong with Denuvo? Does it work on Linux/Proton or not?
ToddL Jun 15
Quoting: JustinWood
Quoting: NarcotixI played it on the Nintendo Switch (not finished yet, but not far from it). It's a pretty good Metroidvania in my opinion. The looks and feels kinda reminded me of Metroid Dread. I'd say it's not as great and complex as Hollow Knight, but pretty much on the same level as the Ori series (at least regarding the level-design/-structure and gameplay-wise). Hope that helps :D

Also: the last PoP I happened to like was Sands of Time on the GameCube - failed to have fun with pretty much every entry in the series since then, except for this one.

Seeing that it's 40% off on Switch currently, I'm curious, how's the performance? Any reason I should avoid this version over other platforms?

I tried this game on a relatives Switch and it actually ran pretty good for the most part and there some areas (can't remember which one) that had some slowdown but nothing that would stop you from completing the game. However, since I'm not a fan of Nintendo, I'd rather give that money to Steam because at least I know I can play this game on the Steam Deck or PC.

As for Denuvo, I don't care about it as long as the game plays fine and I've played some titles with it on the Steam Deck without issues.


Last edited by ToddL on 15 June 2024 at 3:57 am UTC
scaine Jun 15
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Quoting: sarmadCan someone explain what's wrong with Denuvo? Does it work on Linux/Proton or not?

Denuvo works okay on Linux under Proton. So far. Who knows if they'll break things in future, like anti-cheat does.

There are several issues with Denuvo:

1. Cost - protecting a game with Denuvo costs the publisher $25K per month. There is also a one-off fee of $0.5 per activation. So if your game sells 100K copies, that's a $50K up front fee, plus the $25K every month you keep Denuvo on there. This is all money that isn't going into development, QA, DLC, paying staff, or advertising your game.

2. Performance. Mixed reports on this, but there's a perception that Denuvo encumbered games will perform worse. Reports on how much worse vary wildly, from a few frames to (e.g. Resident Evil Village) 50% performance. When there's a big hit, the publisher is often forced to remove it (e.g. Village, Rage 2).

3. What it's designed to do, which is prevent you "activating" the game more than 5 times. Probably not a huge issue normally, but if you play about with different versions of Proton, every time you delete your prefix (the PFX folder), you're re-activating the game on a "new PC", which will eventually lock you out of the game.

4. The principle its based on, which is that it "protects" sales, by forcing would-be pirates to buy the game. There are two issues with that. First, would-be pirates are proven in a couple of studies (such as this that they wouldn't buy the game anyway, if they can't pirate it. So it's not protecting sales. In fact, piracy can actually encourage game sales, where the pirates download cracked versions as "demos", and if they're impressed, they buy legitimately. Second, Denuvo encumbered games are often cracked anyway, and pirated anyway. So, in those cases, money wasted.

5. It's anti-consumer. That is, it provides the paying customer a worse experience than if you pirated the game. It "protects" the publisher by punishing the very people the publisher relies on to succeed. It treats paying customers as untrustworthy scum.

...which is why I never buy anything encumbered by Denuvo.

Thanks for coming to my ted talk.
M@GOid Jun 15
Quoting: scaine
Quoting: sarmadCan someone explain what's wrong with Denuvo? Does it work on Linux/Proton or not?

3. What it's designed to do, which is prevent you "activating" the game more than 5 times. Probably not a huge issue normally, but if you play about with different versions of Proton, every time you delete your prefix (the PFX folder), you're re-activating the game on a "new PC", which will eventually lock you out of the game.

I have been bitten by that, on the original Crysis game. Luckily I got it again on GOG.com at a dirt cheap price. So yeah, stay away from any game with Denuvo or its cousins.
Pyretic Jun 15
Quoting: scaineI follow this curator on Steam, and that reminds me if any potential purchase features Denuvo and their anti-consumer bs.

I think Augmented Steam does this too, by the way.
lejimster Jun 16
I really enjoyed The Sands of Time, Warrior Within and The Two Thrones then they lost me after that. I'm not really sure what they're going with for the backstory on this character but he doesn't scream Persian at all to me.


Last edited by lejimster on 16 June 2024 at 1:36 am UTC
Quoting: lejimsterI really enjoyed The Sands of Time, Warrior Within and The Two Thrones then they lost me after that. I'm not really sure what they're going with for the backstory on this character but he doesn't scream Persian at all to me.
Sargon is a name I associate with the ancient Fertile Crescent region, like Syria/Iraq area, rather than Persia as such. Sargon of Akkad, conqueror of various Sumerian city states, and all that. But the hairdo is . . . um . . . I mean, maybe there are ancient groups that did that, the classic Norman haircut is bloody weird so I shouldn't rule anything out.
motang Jun 16
Good news but we all know that Ubisoft is not really Linux/SteamOS friendly.
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