The remake will release “when it’s ready”
Ubisoft has returned with another development check-in for Prince of Persia fans, and it sure seems like no one is getting off Mr. Bones’ Wild Ride. After multiple delays, the tumultuous Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake has officially changed hands — from Ubisoft Mumbai and Ubisoft Pune, over to its new steward, Ubisoft Montréal.
The publisher shared the news in a tweet today, and it’s wild to remember that this remake was at one point supposed to launch in 2021. More recently, we were expecting 2023, though the wording in today’s message suggests there’s plenty of work left.
“The development of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake will now be led by Ubisoft Montréal, the very birthplace of the epic Sands of Time trilogy,” said the publisher.
“This decision is an important step and the team, building upon the work achieved by Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai, will now take the time they need to regroup on the scope of the game to deliver you the best experience for this remake of an all-time classic, when it’s ready,” continued today’s statement.
“We want to thank you all for your continuous support and patience throughout development. Rest assured, that we will update you on the progress in a future update.”
I’m still worried about this game
If the end result turns out well, it’ll be worth the trouble, but I’m not just convinced yet. Ubisoft recognizing that Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake wasn’t progressing as it should at Pune and Mumbai — and making the call to swap to a more capable lead studio — should be good news, in theory at least. It really comes down to how much time and money Ubisoft is willing to spend to get this remake right, and what’s considered “good enough.” I’d be anxious to see the sales projections, as it’s been a bit for this series.
It’s a shame, isn’t it? I feel like Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell fans shouldn’t be sweating this much, but given Ubisoft’s recent history, those concerns are absolutely justified.
I’ll be honest, a part of me wants to see everything come together so well that the edgy time capsule Prince of Persia: Warrior Within can return with a bang. (I’m only half-joking!)