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Original Prince of Persia source code published

The creator of the game Prince of Persia, Jordan Mechner, has released and recently published on the web the original source code forgotten for so long.

From 1985 to 1989, Jordan Mechner coded alone the game that what first published in 1989 by Broderbund. It was developped in 6502 assembly and stored on 3.5-inch floppies disks. Mechner says that the task of extracting the source code from those 22 years old disks: “took most of a long day and night”.

In addition to releasing the original code, Mechner has also published a 30-page reference document written back in 1989 to help port the game to platforms like Amiga, Sega and the PC.

Even if the source code is now available to be studied, and modified, it’s technically not an open source software. Jordan Mechner emphasizes that Prince of Persia is still an ongoing Ubisoft franchise: “Ubisoft alone has the right to make and distribute Prince of Persia games”, he writes.

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