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Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake swaps developers

Development on the game was previously with Ubisoft Pune and Mumbai, and has now shifted to Ubisoft Montreal.
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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake will no longer be developed by Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai following major changes behind the scenes, and numerous development delays. The game was originally set to launch in early 2021, but was later delayed indefinitely for reasons not made clear. Now, it appears Ubisoft Montreal will overtake development on the game, a rare move that may indicate ongoing trouble with the game.

‘The development of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake will now be led by Ubisoft Montreal, the very birth place of the epic Sands of Time trilogy,’ the Ubisoft update posted on Twitter reads.

‘This decision is an important step and the team, 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.’

Ubisoft thanked fans for their support, and encouraged patience during the development cycle. A fresh update on the status of the game is arriving in future, but for now, it looks like the Montreal team is going to have their work cut out for them.

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It’s unclear what exactly is happening with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake, but it does appear Ubisoft is in a tough spot.

When the trailer for the upcoming remake launched in 2020, many were disappointed by the state of the game’s graphics and gameplay. While textures and locales had been given shiny, impressive facelifts, character models were blocky and strange – and somehow looked worse than the original Sands of Time, a game made in the early 2000s.

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Fans took to social media to voice their concerns about the remake and the quality of development – and while Ubisoft Pune and Mumbai had previously committed to continuing work on the game to improve its standard, it now appears that task will fall to the company’s Montreal office, which had a hand in developing the original Sands of Time.

The game, which was set to launch in early 2021, is now newly undated and will arrive whenever it’s ready. Those keen to play should exercise patience, and keep an eye on the distant horizon.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.