Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake Delayed Once More

by Guy Frum

Prince of Persia fans are once more left to consider if their preorders were worthwhile.

Ubisoft announced on June 6th that their remake of the classic blockbuster video game Prince of Persia: Sands of Time would be pushed back to a release date as far as 2023. The original game was credited with reviving the series when it first came out back in 2003.

Fans were given cause for concern when they visited the GameStop website and found the remake was delisted, wondering if their preorders were still valid and if the game had been canceled, though Ubisoft has now clarified that this was a mistake and the remake is still in development.

Previously slated for a release in early 2021, the remake has been repeatedly delayed. The new announcement feels like just another step in the remake’s rocky development cycle

Development Moves To Sands of Time’s Original Home Studio

New delays were blamed on a change of studio as the remake’s development team shifted to Ubisoft Montreal. The Montreal studio, based in Montreal, Canada, created the original Sands of Time, so it seems fitting they get to remake their own game.

Ubisoft points to the remake’s gameplay and graphics, both of which require further refinement to meet their standards, to explain why the studio change happened.

Previously, development was being split between Ubisoft Mumbai and Ubisoft Pune.

Ubisoft Pune was a former mobile games studio that Ubisoft acquired in 2008, and would go on to develop several titles in the Just Dance series as well as providing quality assurance.

Often joining Ubisoft Pune on projects was Ubisoft Mumbai, a more recent subsidiary that handles minor development work while also collaborating with the Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai & Intuit Lab.

It seems Ubisoft’s concerns over the remake’s future led them to hand development over to a senior subsidiary studio. Ubisoft Montreal has handled industry behemoths like Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, the Far Cry games, and the Assassin’s Creed series, and it is Ubisoft’s largest in-house studio. Considering the remake’s constant roadblocks, it’s hard to blame Ubisoft for their decision.

Just One More Delay

The remake was originally announced with a January 2021 release date, though that quickly changed to March 2021. And then it was delayed indefinitely that same year as developers needed more time to deliver a game that would live up to fans’ expectations.

That left Ubisoft Pune and Mumbai with as much time as they needed, but they seemingly dropped the ball, prompting the shift to Ubisoft Montreal more than a full year since the previous delay.

After the change of studio, Ubisoft stated that “we are no longer targeting a [2023 Financial Year] release anymore and the game has been delisted,” further delaying the release.

This means the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake will hit the Ubisoft Store in April 2023 at the earliest, though there is speculation that the game won’t be seen until 2024.