In October 2007, when game industry rumor collector Surfer Girl was yet a household name among video game bloggers and forum posters, the tipster attracted a significant amount of attention after posting screenshots for what she claimed to be a new Prince of Persia game. Ubisoft formally announced the title in May 2008, but when it released last December, Prince of Persia of course looked very different from those initial images.

This short ten-second clip shows off that prototype Prince of Persia stage from which the screenshots were taken -- even early on in development, the game and the Prince's graceful movements looked great!

[Update: As David Pettitt commented, this was actually a target render that the team pitched the game with, and Ubisoft "showed the entire thing at a Vancouver SIGGRAPH event back in February". Neat!]

[Via Unseen64]