"Which one is the true Prince of Persia? All of them. And none of them."A franchise created by Jordan Mechner. Originally a series of Cinematic Platform Games, it has since branched out into other mediums.The first game, Prince of Persia, was released in 1989 by Brøderbund Software. It was followed by a 2D sequel, Prince of Persia 2, and made the Video Game 3D Leap with the little-remembered Prince of Persia 3D.A new Continuity Reboot game trilogy, with Le Parkour and Time Travel as its most prominent features, was created under Ubisoft, beginning with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Originally Mechner intended it to be a vague prequel to the other games, but his input was left out of Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, which firmly established it as a new continuity. The trilogy was concluded with Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones.Another Continuity Reboot followed in 2008, simply titled Prince of Persia.A Broad Strokes film adaptation of The Sands of Time was released in late May 2010. To coincide with the movie's release, Ubisoft produced a new chapter in the Sands of Time series, entitled Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel features none of the previous Princes, being set in its own continuity.
—Jordan Mechner, afterword to Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel
Tropes common to multiple installments: