It won’t be arriving until after fiscal year 2023 though
Reports went around this morning that GameStop was no longer expecting the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake to release. Turns out, that’s not quite the case. The Prince of Persia remake is happening, though it’s just as delayed as it already was.
Word of GameStop letting pre-order holders know the game wasn’t expected to release was running around. The pre-order was delisted from GameStop’s website. Popular games and deals Twitter account Wario64 noted the situation this morning:
Hearing that GameStop is no longer expecting Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake to release and are instructed to let people who preorder it know it will not be arriving. The website also says it's unavailable and listings seem to be getting delisted pic.twitter.com/MVcVjnmWgX
— Wario64 (@Wario64) June 3, 2022
Fanbyte spoke to an anonymous GameStop employee, who shared a message being sent around to stores:
“We have been notified that, the following product will NOT be arriving to stores. Product is no longer expected to release. Our records indicate that your store has facilitated one or more reservations for this SKU.
“Please contact your guests who have reservations on this product to let them know that the product will NOT be arriving”
Just a matter of time
It seems like the situation’s a bit more complex, though. In a statement to Destructoid, Ubisoft says that while it is asking for the Prince of Persia remake to be delisted, that doesn’t mean it’s canceled. It’s just been internally delayed out of the company’s fiscal year.
“The development of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake will now be led by Ubisoft Montreal. We’re proud of the work achieved by Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai, and Ubisoft Montreal will benefit from their learnings as the new team will continue the work to deliver a great remake. As a consequence, we are no longer targeting a FY23 release anymore and the game has been delisted. If players wish to cancel their preorder they are invited to contact their retailer. They will be updated on the project as the development is moving along.”
So for now, the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake is still happening. It’s just been the subject of another delay, of which it’s had quite a few. Hopefully the next update will finally set a firm launch date for this long-awaited remake.