Ubisoft’s revival of the timeless classic, Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, seems to have ironically become a mirror of the game’s own time-bending premise, as the remake continues to remain in its “conception” stage of development.
This revival, which was slated to be unveiled four months post its 2021 reveal, seems to have slipped through time and pushed past its 2022 deadline. With a switch in developers, the timeline for its completion has been set adrift indefinitely, drawing parallels to the age-defying tale of Benjamin Button.
A Journey in Progress: The Current Stage of Development
“We’re in conception right now,” shared Jean-Francois Naud, the producer of the game, during an interview featured in a Ubisoft news blog. “Currently, we’re bolstering our team, setting our priorities, assembling prototypes, experimenting with elements, and figuring out how to incorporate community feedback into the development process.”
Despite this flux, Naud maintains a level of optimism, albeit reminding fans not to anticipate any significant news for the remainder of the year as the game continues to navigate its “early stage” of development.
Transition of Stewardship: The Shift in Development Teams
The responsibility of the project was handed over to Ubisoft Montreal during the last summer, with the studio initially announcing that they would be “building upon the work achieved” by the previous developers at Ubisoft Mumbai and Ubisoft Pune.
However, recent revelations about the project being in the “early stage” of development hint that much of the previous work, glimpsed in the initial trailers, may have been re-evaluated or significantly modified, in what seems to be a strategic return to the drawing board.
A Beloved Legacy: Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time
Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, the renowned action-platformer released in 2003, has left a significant imprint on the hearts of gaming enthusiasts with its protagonist, an agile young man adept at wall-running and battling adversaries. He also possesses a unique time-rewinding dagger, which augments his parkour and combat prowess.
The writer candidly confesses that his only exposure to the franchise hitherto is the film adaptation featuring Jake Gyllenhaal.
However, he remains hopeful that the upcoming game remake will serve as a perfect opportunity to rectify this and immerse himself in the mesmerizing world of the Prince of Persia. Despite the delays and uncertainties, one adage stands resolute: Better late than never.