Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake Officially Revealed
There are a few games for which Ubisoft fans clamor. One of those games is anything with Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell (which I am not convinced we will ever see), and the other is Prince of Persia. At long last, we get a remake of one of the more beloved titles in the franchise, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (originally released in 2003). The Sands of Time marked a return for the beloved franchise and is what many fans initially think of when hearing the words Prince of Persia. The decision to start their remake journey with Sands of Time is absolutely the right thing to do. It did well critically and was the jumping off point for its explosion in popularity. Even to this day, Ubisoft has been unable to recapture the magic of Sands of Time, be it with the way their lead (Prince) is portrayed, the overall story or its acrobatic gameplay.
The developers at Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai are tasked with the remake, and it marks the first remake done at Ubisoft. As expressed on the official Ubisoft news site, the remake is about “creating a complete, top-to-bottom remake that aims to recapture the magic of the 2003 original while updating the game for modern sensibilities.” PR talk aside, striking that balance of new design sensibilities and old nostalgic love is a tough thing to produce. We have seen it done recently to a successful degree with things like Final Fantasy 7 Remake (which was many years in the making), and the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Remake (after many games had failed to replicate the same feel of earlier games), but with this being their first remake, I am holding my breath. That might be the right thing to do as the trailer looks a bit, I wouldn’t say underwhelming but different in a way.
The game does look “better” in places, but I don’t think it has that initial wow factor. There is something about it that feels a bit glossy in a strange way. It feels a bit closer to a remake of the caliber of Kingdoms of Amalur: Re Reckoning, than something like THPS1+2, not even mentioning FF7R. The return of Yuri Lowenthal as Prince certainly helps and I am never one to turn down camera fixes, but I had hoped their return to PoP would have provided a bit more of a bang.
What are your thoughts on the release trailer?
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake will launch on January 21, 2021, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The games are playable via next gen consoles with backwards compatibility, but there is currently no news on any other upgrades for next gen.