Ubisoft Montreal has provided an update on the development of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake. Producer Jean-Francois Naud and director Michael McIntyre shared in an interview with Gematsu that the game is now in the “conception” stage again. Ubisoft Montreal took over development from Ubisoft Pune a little over a year ago. And seeing that it is now headed toward a new and improved direction is bitter-sweet for long-term fans of the franchise. On one hand, the game is in safer hands now, on the other, the release date is nowhere in sight. Especially considering that Ubisoft+ might be coming to Xbox soon.
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake Development Goals
Naud explained that since taking over the project, they have been carefully considering community feedback and shaping their own vision for the game around that. They are currently in the process of assembling the development team, defining priorities, creating prototypes, and testing different ideas. They are also exploring ways to incorporate community feedback into the development process, which could be hit or miss depending on their execution. While the game is still in its early stages, Naud mentioned that players should not expect further updates this year, dashing all the hopes of fans looking forward to a reveal trailer. However, he reassured fans that the team is fully committed and passionate about the project.
For the uninitiated, the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake was originally scheduled to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 18, 2021. And clearly, that did not go according to plan. The game faced delays and was soon rescheduled for 2022, which, yet again, did not go to plan. Soon after that, Ubisoft announced that Ubisoft Montreal would take over the development from Ubisoft Pune, India, and refund all preorders as well. This only happened after the severe backlash and extremely negative reception of the game’s reveal trailer. The fact that the game is now in the “conception” stage indicates that the remake is being remade from the ground up, and considering the previous trailer, that’s great news.