Prince of Persia creator to release source code

Jordan Mechner is trying to figure out how to put it into some "21st century readable format"

Prince of Persia, the classic 1989 Apple II game from Jordan Mechner, could soon find its way into the hands of interested programmers everywhere, as Mechner has announced his intention to distribute the source code.

Mechner acknowledged on his blog that he'd been searching for the game for the better part of 10 years, and lo and behold his dad found it and others in the back of a closet. It's worth noting that Mechner's father composed the original music for both Karateka and Prince of Persia.

"So, for all fifteen of you 6502 assembly-language coders out there who might care… including the hardy soul who ported POP to the Commodore 64 from an Apple II memory dump… I will now begin working with a digital-archeology-minded friend to attempt to figure out how to transfer 3.5″ Apple ProDOS disks onto a MacBook Air and into some kind of 21st-century-readable format," Mechner said.

He also noted that it might "take a little while" because of how busy he is. Mechner is currently working on a revival of Karateka for XBLA and PSN.

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Gregore Candalez Journalist and Account Manager, FD Com.8 years ago
Wow, some good news!
Prince of Persia holds the dearest spot on my heart, along with IBM's Alley Cat. Countless hours of my childhood were spent playing these games.

I would very much appreciate a modern remake of the original Prince of Persia.
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Private Industry 8 years ago
Good news Gregore Prince of Persia Classic the remake of the original game is out since 2007 on XBL and 2008 on PSN and since 2010 you can get Prince of Persia Retro on iPhone and iPad. :)
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gi biz ;, 8 years ago
Nice, but I can barely imagine what kind of monster code it will be... Either way, I'll make sure to have a good look at it as soon as it's out!
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