Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Aug 19, 2003 prototype)

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Aug 19, 2003 prototype)
Build date Aug 19, 2003 11:25:15
Build name Preview
Dump status Released, redump needed
Released by Hidden Palace
File release date March 20, 2021
Origin DVD-R
Lot Project Deluge
Labels Prince of Persia Preview
Dump method Memorex MRX-650LE v6 AM61 (PowerISO)
Game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
System PlayStation 2
Genre Action-adventure, platform, hack and slash
Final build JP Feb 19, 2004
EU Oct 9, 2003
US Oct 14, 2003
Release date JP Sep 2, 2004
EU Oct 9, 2003
US Nov 10, 2003
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A prototype of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time for the PlayStation 2.

Notes

  • Has debug utitlities and a cheat menu.
  • DEBUG CONTROLS:
   DPAD UP-> Enables Freecam. 
   DPAD LEFT -> Changes Weapon. 
   DPAD DOWN-> Increases\ Decreases Health.
   DPAD RIGHT -> Spawns Farah (works only in levels she's in).
   SELECT -> Game Over.
   R3-> Fly Mode.
   
  • Miscellaneous Notes:
    • Game is emulatable (in PCSX2): Yes (as of March 17, 2021).
    • Game contains dongle protection: No.

Differences

  • Uses an older version of the Ubisoft logo compared to the retail/final version, this logo can also be found in the demo of the game released as a part of Jampack Winter 2003.
  • The cinematic that follows the logo (which is a short version of the intro cinematic) is a different version of the one in final version, most notable showing an extra scene of a desert.
  • The cinematic leads to the game logo which is again different from the retail version and similar to the one in the Jampack Winter 2003 version.
  • The main menu lacks the "Extra Features" option but instead has the options "Special Load Map" and "Special" which have functions as discussed in the previous section.
  • As previously mentioned, the intro cinematic is a slightly modified version. After the cinematic ends, the balcony is again visible for a second, unlike the retail version which has a clean transition.
  • The enemies' weapons create a blue trail when swung.
  • The cinematic of the prince unleashing the sands is unfinished. Sharaman has an extra dialogue, he adds "I hope your Palace has room for some insignificant treasures from India" before presenting the hourglass to the Sultan of Azad.
  • The weapons of sand enemies drop after they are absorbed and their texture stays for a second before disappearing.
  • The prince has a battle rage scream that has a chance of playing when absorbing enemies.
  • There is an additional cutscene after the first fight showing Farah terrified and running away on seeing the prince.
  • There is an additional entrance to the second guest room that avoids a long route.
  • Before entering the second guest room (using the normal entrance), it is possible to go through the debris as they lack collision on the other side and replay the first guest room again.
  • The life upgrades lack sound effect.
  • In the cutscene where prince meets Farah for the first time, she is seen having the sword of the avenging warrior, this is normally the case only in the Tower of Dawn section.
  • The scarabs can be vaulted over and parried, allowing the player to execute much more combos on them compared to the final version.
  • The sound effect of various actions are different as compared to final version. Some examples include moving boxes, breaking cracked walls, etc.
  • All the pullable levers and hanging levers in the prototype have wooden handles as opposed to metal handles in the final version.
  • The wall behind the ladder that gives access to the lever at the end of palace defense puzzle is missing.
  • There is some kind of text in the wall beside the lever mentioned above that is not present in the final version.
  • At the very end of the booby trapped courtyard, there is a rotating lever to open the door as compared to a pressure plate in the final version.
  • A lot of doors are grilled in the prototype unlike the final version where they are solid.
  • Farah doesn't die when she is left behind in the segment after the fight with sand king. In general, leaving Farah behind doesn't seem to cause problems in this version unlike the final version where it can cause game-overs or even softlocks.
  • There are lot of destroyable objects blocking the path at the entrance of the warehouse.
  • At the end of the warehouse segment, there is a hanging lever instead of a pressure plate to open the final door.
  • The cutscene that plays when the above mentioned door is exited is missing. Cutscenes showing doors being closed missing is a common occurrence throughout this version.
  • Sands birds can be vaulted over and countered, but the physics and animations can be quite buggy when these moves are executed.
  • All cutscenes involving moving ladders have a glow effect indicative of the friction caused between the ladder and the wall.
  • When the breakable walls that lead to life upgrades are broken, the wall is instantly sealed as if the life upgrade was already obtained. When cheat is used to bypass the wall, the corridor leading to the life upgrade is present and behaves normally.
  • At the end of the corridor after exiting the baths section, there are scarabs present.
  • The pressure plate that opens the door at the entrance of the messhall is present in a different location and the cutscene that plays after the door is opened is slightly different.
  • There is an extra pressure plate to open the above mentioned door from the inside.
  • At the first floor of messhall, there is a breakable wall instead of a door.
  • Beside the lever that opens the door to the second floor of messhall, there is a bronze metal version of the game logo. This version of the logo becomes a common occurrence throughout this version.
  • In the small room after crossing the drawbridge, the two door and the rotating lever that controls them are missing.
  • The sand vortexes after at the broken bridge segment, the segment after and the cavern of ladders segment are missing. However, they are present when loaded using the special load map feature in the menu.
  • The door to the entrance of the waterfall area is opened with a rotating lever instead of a pressure plate as in the final version.
  • The underground reservoir area has a slightly different ambient sound.
  • The wooden trapdoor covering the metal door that leads to the sultan's harem has a slightly different design.
  • The grills present in harem have a different design.
  • The statue that needs to be moved so that Farah can access the switch to the exit door of harem is missing.
  • The doors and the levers that controls them in the corridor between harem and the hall of learning is missing.
  • The hall of learning features the servant enemies instead of the blue enemies. All the fights after this point seem to have some variance in terms of the enemies featured as compared to the final version.
  • There is a rotating lever instead of a pullable lever for opening the exit door in the hall of learning.
  • The path leading to observatory has a different design.
  • Some walls hiding the scenery in the hall of learning courtyards is invisible.
  • The sand birds present in this area are missing.
  • There is an extra rotating lever in this area that opens only some of the doors that the only lever in the final version opens. The normal lever opens the remaining doors in the prototype.
  • The torture chamber area is in a pretty unfinished state. Levers and pressure plates that are needed for traversing without cheats are missing.
  • At the entrance of the tower of dawn, there is an extra pressure plate that opens the grills of the elevator.
  • The long cutscene after the hourglass cinematic is pretty bugged.
  • There is a minor design difference in the long swing pole right after "the setting sun" save.
  • The vizier's clones have a different knockdown animation.
  • The cutscene where the prince knocks the real vizier through the grill ends abruptly and the game returns to the main menu.

Screenshots

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Files

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PS2 - Prince of Persia Preview.jpeg File 2021-03-14 11:12:39 1.12 MB 033367775215a184fe2ca010f6d127dc1aacef79

Acknowledgments

A huge thanks to SolidSnake11 for doing the initial research on this prototype! And a huge thanks to the anonymous donor that allowed for this release to happen!

See also