Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake has officially hit development hell. The game, which was announced back in September 2020 has been delayed countless times and passed on to multiple new teams during its development. Ubisoft originally planned to launch Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake in January 2021, just a few months after its reveal. Almost three years later, the game is nowhere to be seen.
Ubisoft has shared a new update on the project as the original game celebrates its 20th anniversary. While the message is nice to see, it comes across as a sad attempt to assure fans the project has not been abandoned. Ubisoft promised players would hear more about the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake before the end of the year. However, that is no longer the case. All we’re getting is this tweet.
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In a post on X by Ubisoft, the studio claims Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake has passed a so-called “important internal milestone”. The studio claims development on the project is progressing. And that’s all we’re getting.
There’s no “stay tuned for an update”, no “we expect to launch the game in 2024” – nothing of the kind. Ubisoft’s silence is concerning.
Keep in mind that Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake was all but rebooted soon after its announcement. The game reveal was hit with nasty backlash from fans due to its unpolished animations and so-called “poor” facial work. The game was delayed several times during its recent development cycle and no one outside of Ubisoft really knows what is going on.
Earlier this year, Ubisoft announced that its Montreal team, who worked on the original 2003 game, would be taking over the project. There’s been no update since. We are getting a new Prince of Persia game in January – The Lost Crown but this side-scroller isn’t the same game.
As you know, the passionate team at @UbisoftMTL is reimagining this legendary story, and we are glad to announce today that the project has passed an important internal milestone and development is progressing.
We look forward to sharing more in the future!
— Prince of Persia™ (@princeofpersia) November 21, 2023