Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake (opens in new tab) was announced in 2020 with a release date of 2021, which eventually became 2022 and then 2023. Today Ubisoft has done this again, saying that it is “no longer targeting a FY23 release”.
Ubisoft’s statement was prompted by rumors (opens in new tab) that the project had been cancelled, spurred on by reports that Gamestop and Amazon had stopped taking pre-orders for the game and had even taken it off the list of some platforms. The Sands of Time remake obviously struggled, but the timing of the rumored cancellation was odd: it came just a month after Ubisoft announced that development had moved from its studios in Pune and Mumbai to Ubisoft Montreal (opens in new tab)something that presumably wouldn’t have bothered if the game was this close to cancelling.
Sure enough, Ubisoft has confirmed that the Montreal studio is still working on it. “We are proud of the work done 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,” said a representative. “As a consequence, we are no longer targeting the release of FY23 and the game has been removed from the list.
“If players wish to cancel their pre-order, they are invited to contact their reseller. They will be updated on the project as development progresses.”
A new release goal hasn’t been set, but it’s still possible that The Sands of Time Remake will appear in 2023: the company’s 2022-23 fiscal year ends March 31, 2023, so it could miss that mark and still make it to the calendar year 2023. The fact that it’s being pulled from retailers points to a seriously significant wait, enough to make me think development might be starting from scratch.