Ubisoft presented their second online event this week and used the opportunity to officially announce the upcoming release of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake.


The title sees Ubisoft revisiting the title that originally put them on the map. The original game is one of its era's most memorable platformers. I recall playing Prince of Persia in primary school, on MS-DOS.


Before Ubisoft become the global publishing behemoth they are now, they were known for bringing the world the 2003 Prince of Persia: Sands of Time; still regarded by some still regard as one of the best games ever made.

Prince of Persia is back: Ubisoft announced a 'Sands of Time' remake

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'Prince of Persia' plot


The remake will see the retelling of the 2003 story; with all the modern tools of game development at the disposal of the studio. Studios in Pune and Mumbai are in charge of the project.


They spoke during the event of their pride in being able to do the story justice and give an authentic visual style to the project. The game is scheduled for release on 21 January 2021.


The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake will be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, PC; as well as Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles.

Watch: 'Prince of Persia' trailer


The original game series evolved from its roots as an action platformer, and Ubisoft has gone from strength to strength with it's Assassin's Creed franchise.


The Assassin's Creed series is in many ways a spiritual successor to the Prince of Persia games; developing a lot of the parkour and puzzle-solving elements from the Prince of Persia titles.


With this in mind, it's going to be exciting to see just what the developers have in store for us when the title eventually hits stores next January.


To capture some of the original magic though the developers have decided to secure Yuri Lowenthal who initially voiced the character back in 2003.

Will the remake do it justice?


The decision to bring back Lowenthal and the iconic lilting tone he brought to the character is sure to be welcomed by the community. For reference, this is what Prince of Persia looked like in 1989:


However, only time will tell if the studio will be able to justice to this game and its loyal following. The sneak peek of the game we did manage to get a look at certainly looked polished; it certainly didn't trigger and red flags.


Moreover, the real question will be whether the team will be able to capture the rare balance of great storytelling; and let's not forget rewarding gameplay.


Ubisoft will only get one chance to do this right. Let's hope that this title does justice to the franchise and brings the magic of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time to a new generation.

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