Ubisoft has confirmed that its remake of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time hasn’t been canceled, but it has been delayed out of its 2023 window with no further release date proffered.
The announcement comes after some concern was expressed when retailers began delisting pre-orders for the game. Understandably, many thought this was an indication that the troubled game might simply be canceled. However, in a statement to IGN Ubisoft said that’s not the case and the Sands of Time remake is still in active development, reiterating the May announcement that work has moved from Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai over to Ubisoft Montreal.
“The development of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake will now be led by Ubisoft Montreal,” Ubisoft told IGN. “We’re proud of the work achieved 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."
It’s “as a consequence” of this move, Ubisoft added, that it is “no longer targeting a FY23 release anymore and the game has been delisted. If players wish to cancel their preorder they are invited to contact their retailer. They will be updated on the project as the development is moving along."
As those who have been waiting with bated breath for the release of the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake will be well aware, this isn’t the first time the game has been subject to a somewhat indeterminate delay.
When it was initially announced back in 2020, Sands of Time was targeting a January 2021 release, which was then pushed to March, which was then pushed to “a later date”. In October 2021, it was reported that the game was looking at a 2022 to 2023 window. Now, without a new release window in sight, it looks like we could be waiting some time.
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Analysis: Heads down for now
Even if Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake had been on better footing, it’s unlikely we’d have gotten an update on it from Ubisoft this summer as the publisher has confirmed to Axios that it has no plans for a dedicated E3-style showcase in June.
Ubisoft is usually a pretty reliable name for some kind of summer showcase but fortunately it’s not planning to sit out 2022 entirely, telling Axios that there are plans to do something “later this year”. It’s unclear whether or not other Ubisoft titles could make some kind of appearance in third-party shows such as the Summer Game Fest opening night.
The Sands of Time remake isn’t the only Ubisoft project with an extended development that we’re waiting on updates from, either, with titles like Beyond Good and Evil 2 and Skull and Bones continuing to intrigue.
Ubisoft isn’t, of course, the only publisher choosing not to host a stream this summer, with EA also announcing that its once-annual EA Play Live will not go ahead as “this year things aren't lining up to show you everything on one date.”
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Emma Boyle is TechRadar’s ex-Gaming Editor, and is now a content developer and freelance journalist. She has written for magazines and websites including T3, Stuff and The Independent. Emma currently works as a Content Developer in Edinburgh.