Prince of Persia Sands of Time Remake, which was previously delayed to March 18, 2021, has been delayed yet again. This time, however, there is no indication as to when the game will be released, all the devs have mentioned that the release date is shifted to a "later date."
Another update from Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake dev team: pic.twitter.com/O6OOmYXhOD
— Prince of Persia (@princeofpersia) February 5, 2021
Based in India, Ubisoft Pune was tasked with the remastering the cut classic for modern consoles. However, the first impressions of the game left a bad taste due to poor graphics, often described as "PS3 era" visuals. Subsequently, fans of the original classic as well as the perspective young players of the upcoming remake submitted negative feedback on the teaser.
It seems as if Ubisoft actually heard its player base, an increasingly rare occurrence in AAA studios, and decided to indefinitely delay the game to “deliver a remake that feels fresh while remaining faithful to the original.”
Since announcing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake in September, we saw an outpouring of feedback from you on this beloved franchise. It is your passion and support that is driving our development teams to make the best game possible. With that said, we have made the decision to shift the release for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake to a later date. This extra development time will enable our teams to deliver a remake that feels fresh while remaining faithful to the original. We understand the update might come as a surprise and we will continue to keep you posted on the progress of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake. In the meantime, we want to thank you all for your ongoing support.
-- The Dev Team
Prince of Persia Sands of Time Remake is Ubisoft Pune's first full-length game. Previously, the Indian studio operated as a support studio, making assets and gameplay dynamics for bigger and more renowned western Ubisoft studios. A new, mid-scale IP, from the studio would not have faced such a backlash from a new-ish studio. However, Price of Persia is an established classic. In fact, the Assassin's Creed franchise is the spiritual successor of Prince of Persia, so there is no room for mistakes here.
Prince of Persia Sands of Time Remake has so far been confirmed to release on PS4, Xbox One and PC. However, the indefinite delay may translate to a release on PS5 and Xbox Series S/X as well.
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