It's time to take out your trusty dagger and turn back the flow of time - to the year 2003, to be precise. That year saw the release of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, a hybrid action-adventure-puzzle-platformer which served to essentially reboot the already beloved classic Prince of Persia series. Now, in 2020, Ubisoft has announced during their latest UbiForward event that Sands of Time will be receiving an updated remake.
Sands of Time tells the story of an unnamed Prince, who must fight to save his family and kingdom after accidentally releasing a reality-warping substance - the titular Sands - capable of destroying cities and turning people into monsters. The remake is being produced by the India-based branch of Ubisoft, who are major fans of the original version. They've even gotten some of the 2003 game's original voice cast to reprise their roles, including Yuri Lowenthal as the titular Prince.
News of the remake spread yesterday when a pre-order page for the game appeared on the Russian version of the UPlay Store. However, it was not until the UbiForward livestream that fans got official confirmation that the remake is happening. Alpha footage showed off the brand new targeting system which will enhance the Prince's abilities to jump, scale walls and more, while motion-capture technology will bring realism to the classic, nostalgic scenes. New cinematics and action sequences, as well as new enemies, will be added. As an added bonus for all fans, a version of the original 1989 Prince of Persia will be playable within the remake.
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake will be released on January 21, 2021 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Pre-orders are available now via the official Web site for the game. Customers who pre-order will receive the Back to Origins Set, which features a classic outfit and weapon for the Prince inspired by the original game.
This Ubiforward event comes as Ubisoft is facing allegations of sexual harassment and employee mistreatment, which GameLuster has also covered. You can read more about the recent controversies here and here.