During the Ubisoft Forward September 2020 event, Ubisoft announced that the 2003 action game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is getting a major remake.
The remake, a first for Ubisoft, is being rebuilt from the ground up using the Anvil engine that was used for Assassin’s Creed Origins. It’s being developed by Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai, both located in India. The first half of the game takes place in Ancient India, with the second half in Persia.
Actor Yuri Lowenthal (Spider-Man) will reprise his role as the Prince, and this time provide motion capture for the more advanced remake.
“Our main focus was to please the players that were asking to replay the game for a very long time,” .said Game Director Pierre-Sylvain Gires. “And in terms of content, we wanted to play on the nostalgia, but also we wanted to revisit the three Cs [character, camera, and controls], because the game was a masterpiece. It’s still a masterpiece, but to reach the new audience, we definitely wanted to include the cameras and the combat.”
The Prince of Persia series dates back to the 1980s as a side-scrolling action-platformer. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was a modern reboot of the series by Ubisoft in 2003, and was met with great reviews and commercial success. The reboot spawned several sequels and spin-offs, with 2010’s The Forgotten Sands as the most recent major entry.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake is scheduled to launch January 21, 2021 on PC (Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Store), PlayStation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.