Prince of Persia Delayed Again - Get2Gaming

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The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake has been delayed again by Ubisoft. Earlier this week, Ubisoft announced that the game was changing studios. Instead of the Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai Studios, Ubisoft Montreal will now be taking over the development. Ubisoft have since confirmed that the game will not be ready till mid 2023 at the earliest.

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The Prince of Persia Remake was first announced in September 2020 at the Ubisoft Forward digital conference. The original game was released in 2003. In the announcement trailer, which you can watch below, Ubisoft announced that it would be available January 21, 2021.

Then, in December 2020, the Indian-based studio announced that it would instead be releasing on March 18 2021. Although no reason was given, it seems it was partly due to the COVID pandemic as the developers tweeted: “2020 has been a year like no other.” What they did not mention, however, was the negative reaction fans had to the trailer and the updated graphics that were deemed underwhelming.

However, the following year, the game was then delayed indefinitely. In June 2021, the Prince of Persia dev team announced that it would not be featured at that year’s Ubisoft Forward conference. The Indian studio also stated that they were making great progress on the game for a 2022 release. However, Ubisoft have since announced that it will be delayed again.

Will it be released in 2023?

In a statement to Digital Trends, Ubisoft announced: “The development of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake will now be led by Ubisoft Montreal. We’re proud of the work achieved by Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai, and Ubisoft Montreal will benefit from their learnings as the new team will continue the work to deliver a great remake. As such, we are no longer targeting an FY23 (fiscal year 2023) release anymore. Players will be updated on the project as the development is moving along.”

The fiscal year 2023 ends in March 2023, so it is still possible that the Prince of Persia remake will be released the next calendar year. However, with the repeated delays and the switch to Ubisoft Montreal – the studio behind the original game – it appears there were certainly some struggles with this game, that Montreal now have to deal with as well.

The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake is certainly not the only game to have been affected by the pandemic. Santa Monica recently announced that God of War: Ragnarok still isn’t ready to share yet, after a number of delays in the production. Both the God of War game and the original Prince of Persia game are fan favourites. Perhaps creating a remake of the beloved 2003 game is also creating a lot more pressure for the developers.

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