For the second time in under two months, Ubisoft announced today yet another delay to the release of the highly-anticipated Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake.
Taking to Twitter, Ubisoft Pune, the India-based branch of the French developer, advised that the game’s launch has been shifted to an as-yet-undisclosed date, suggesting an indefinite delay and possibly quite a wait for fans. The studio pointed to a desire to ‘deliver a remake that feels fresh while remaining faithful to the original’ as the reason behind the delay.
Another update from Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake dev team: pic.twitter.com/O6OOmYXhOD
— Prince of Persia (@princeofpersia) February 5, 2021
The statement reads:
“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.”
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake Delay
While Ubisoft attributed the initial The Sands of Time Remake delay – which pushed back a release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, from January 31st to March 18th – to COVID-precipitated development hurdles, the reasoning is a little more oblique this time around.
Reading between the lines, it appears the overwhelmingly negative response to what was a pretty rough looking announcement trailer seemingly hit home for Ubisoft Pune. Hopefully, the added development time should allow the studio to release a remake in line with fan expectations and suitably good to pay homage to the acclaimed 2003 original.