Jordan Mechner Finds His Long Lost Prince of Persia Source Code

Jordan-Mechner-Finds-His-Long-Lost-Prince-of-Persia-Source-CodeUnfortunately for Jordan Mechner, the Prince of Persia creator, his source code was placed somewhere he easily forgot about, leaving the original 3.5" Apple ProDOS disks missing in action- at least until now.

Prince of Persia, however, is not the first game to see its source code disappearing. The most notable culprit of missing source code is without a doubt Panzer Dragoon Saga for the Sega Saturn, leaving very little hope that the (already expensive game) will be ported onto more modern consoles.

Jordan Mechner's father recently called from New York to say he had found a box full of old disks which he was mailing over to him. Little did he know at the time, but this box contained the very Prince of Persia source code he had been searching for.

As this fantastic discovery ends Jordan's ten year search (which has seen him contacting numerous other developers who worked with him at Broderbund), it also marks a promising archival future for Prince of Persia fans. He's currently on the lookout for someone capable of reading these prehistoric disks to aid in making a more modern backup of the original code, which he intends to share online once done.

Link: Prince of Persia Source Code — Found! (Jordan Mechner's Blog)

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Source: Geek.com 


Last Updated ( 30 March 2012 )  

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(Link to this comment) Speedle 2012-03-30 10:51
Always pleased to hear about such classics being saved! I wonder what the future holds now the source code has been found :)
(Link to this comment) ironmaidenrule 2012-03-31 11:44
I think more work needs to be done to preserve source code of these original games, film companies have huge archives going back to the 1900's, doubt anything like this exists for games.
(Link to this comment) Miketendo 2012-03-31 20:59
I completely agree. Why is there nothing for saving source codes of major games?!
(Link to this comment) Cauterize 2012-04-05 17:55
Quoting ironmaidenrule:
I think more work needs to be done to preserve source code of these original games, film companies have huge archives going back to the 1900's, doubt anything like this exists for games.

I think the difference here is the advance in technology. Film, however, is still commonly used today where as game code on an old Apple ][e is outdated and no longer in use.
(Link to this comment) JoeMD 2012-03-31 12:33
Brilliant news. Maybe well get a HD remake of that classic game.
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