2020 has been a year like no other says Ubisoft as it delays the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake.
After months of scuttlebutt, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake was confirmed to be in development in September’s Ubisoft Forward presentation.
The 2003 classic is being remade for modern platforms – well, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – by Ubisoft Pune and will include updated HD visuals, new voiceover work, and reworked combat. It was originally planned for release in January 2021, but will now arrive two months later than expected.
In a statement published today via the game’s official Twitter account, the Prince of Persia dev team says.
“Today we wanted to let you know that we are taking additional time to work on the game. With that, the release date for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake has been moved to March 18, 2021. We believe this is the right call to ensure we will deliver a game you will enjoy.”
The statement doesn’t specify the reason for the delay, but it’s reasonable to assume that complexities caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are to blame. A tumultuous year within Ubisoft may not have helped either.
An update from the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake dev team: pic.twitter.com/zKCoJPkzmM
— Prince of Persia (@princeofpersia) December 8, 2020
As ever, we’re content for the team to take a long as it needs to ensure the final product lives up to expectations. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time may be a relatively simple game by modern standards, but its acrobatic platforming and time-bending mechanics were hugely influential. Its DNA can be found in everything from Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series to Rocksteady’s Batman games, to name a just a few.