Prince of Persia Remake: The Long Wait For The Sands of Time

A remake of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has been confirmed by Ubisoft. Sadly, the release date has been delayed more than once, but the game has not been cancelled. Here's what we currently know about the status of The Prince of Persia remake.

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A remake of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has been officially announced by Ubisoft. | © Ubisoft

Ubisoft announced the Price of Persia Remake during their 2020 Uplay Event. The game was supposed to launch in January 2021 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch. Now we're in 2023 and still waiting, since the PoP remake has seen numerous delays following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ubisoft rebooted Prince of Persia in 2003 with The Sands of Time. It was an instant hit, and so (to nobody's surprise) two sequels followed: The Warrior Within and The Two Thrones (we won't talk too much about the mediocre spin-off-games like The Forgotten Sands here). But eventually Ubisoft chose to abandon Prince of Persia in favor of its extremely successful Assassin's Creed games.

Note: There are two versions of the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake. One is just an HD remaster of the original game, and that's available for purchase now, while the other is being developed as a completely new remake for next-generation consoles.

Prince of Persia Remake: Ubisoft Retracts Official Release Date for The Sands of Time

We didn't get updates on this game for a long time, but in late 2022 Ubisoft confirmed they're still developing the Prince of Persia Remake. They also shared an info page that gives us an idea about the current status of the game.

The launch, which was expected to happen no later than March 2023, is not mentioned anywhere in the document. Therefore, we shouldn't expect this game to arrive any time too soon. Ubisoft also cancelled pre-orders and refunded the customers that pre-ordered the game. Furthermore, they've said that remakes for other Prince of Persia titles are not planned at the moment.

Considering the latest rumors, we're expecting the Prince of Persia Remake to be released no earlier than late 2023, maybe even 2024, especially since Ubisoft are having such a tough time right now.

Positive News For Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

You shouldn't worry about the Prince of Persia remake being unfaithful to the original game, as Ubisoft has promised to use the same storyline as before, which sees Dastan stopping the Vizier from getting the Sands of Time. Along the way, he'll face numerous enemies while needing to complete puzzles.

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The Prince of Persia is ready to re-experience his destiny. Unfortunately, Ubisoft isn't. | © Ubisoft

If you haven't played the original game, don't feel bad. It's two decades old, and things have changed within the gaming industry. But we'd recommend taking an interest in The Prince of Persia, as this game introduced time-based mechanics and parkour running. We probably wouldn't have franchises like Assassin's Creed or Deathloop without The Prince of Persia.

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time probably won't be released before the end of the year. | © Ubisoft

The Sands of Time Remake: Game Trailer

Ubisoft announced the Sands of Time Remake with a short trailer that you can watch below. It provides excellent information on what to expect from the full release of the Sands of Time remake.

We see our prince making the faithful mistake of opening the Sands of Time with his infamous dagger, and we all know the rest from there. A classic tale of love and adventure ensures, with the element of time being our biggest adversary.

And don't worry! Since the graphics have been heavily criticized, we're expecting the game to look a lot better than in the trailer.

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