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Ubisoft Montréal to Take Reins for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake Development

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake, the long-delayed remaster of the 2003 action-adventure game, will now be developed by Ubisoft Montréal.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake, the long-delayed remaster of the 2003 action-adventure game, will now be developed by Ubisoft Montréal. / Image courtesy of Ubisoft

Development for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake will be led by Ubisoft Montréal moving forward, Ubisoft announced Tuesday.

The announcement was made via a statement posted by the official Prince of Persia Twitter account, citing the developer team's "need to regroup" on the indefinitely delayed title.

"This decision is an important step and the team," the Ubisoft statement reads, "building upon the work achieved by Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai, will now take the time they need to regroup on the scope of the game to deliver you the best experience for this remake of an all-time classic, when it’s ready."

As mentioned in the statement, Ubisoft Montréal did indeed develop the original Sands of Time trilogy from 2003 to 2005, as well as was credited for the 2008 reboot Prince of Persia title and the 2010 Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands offering.

In recent years, Ubisoft Montréal has also been known as the main developer for several notable Ubisoft franchise titles, including Assassin's Creed Valhalla (2020), Far Cry New Dawn (2019), Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction (2022), Hyper Scape (2020) and Watch Dogs 2 (2016).

Initially announced at Ubisoft Forward 2020, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake was originally scheduled to release just a few months later for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Jan. 21, 2021.

Unfortunately, its release date was then delayed to March 18, 2021, and, since Feb. 5, 2021, has been remained pushed back indefinitely.

In October 2021, as reported by PC Gamer, Ubisoft confirmed in its quarterly financial report that the remake is expected to be out sometime during its 2022-23 fiscal year — somewhere between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake is said to be imagined as a faithful adaptation of the original 2003 action-adventure title, with fully rebuilt and updated controls for modern standards, as well as the original voice actor behind the Prince, Yuri Lowenthal, reprising his role alongside a new cast.

"We want to thank you all for your continuous support and patience through the development," the Ubisoft statement reads. "Rest assured, that we will update you on the progress in a future update."