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Prince of Persia used to be one of Ubisoft’s flagship series, but it lost that title once Assassin’s Creed, which originally started as a Prince of Persia game, became popular. It’s been 10 years since we’ve received a new Prince of Persia game, but during September 10, 2020’s Ubisoft Forward, the company confirmed a remake of the 2003 classic The Sands of Time, which is often considered the best in the series.

While the surprise was leaked beforehand, it’s still a welcome return for fans of this classic franchise. For those curious about jumping into this new series, this is everything we know about the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake so far.

When is The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake release date?

During the Ubisoft Forward reveal, it was confirmed that the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake would be released on January 21, 2021.

Is there a Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake trailer?

Yes, the game did get a reveal trailer during Ubisoft Forward. Check it out to see the redone visuals, cinematics, and combat below.

What platforms is Prince of Persia: Sands of Time for?

Even though the game will come out well after the launch of the next-generation consoles, the remake of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time only comes out for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The lack of next-generation console, Stadia, or Switch support is a bit baffling, but it looks like this remake will be one of this generation’s swan song titles. It should also be backward compatible with the next-generation console.

What is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time?

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is one of the most popular games from the Prince of Persia series, which began all the way back in 1989. The first game in the series by Jordan Mechner has kicked off the cinematic platformer genre that games like Oddworld and Limbo are part of. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was the first game in the series fully developed by Ubisoft, and it was released for the PC, PS2, Xbox, and GameCube in 2003.

The game follows the titular Prince as he attempts to recollect the Sands of Time and put them back in a magical hourglass after he is tricked into releasing them. The game is an action-adventure title that mixes combat and platforming, with its main gimmick being that the player can rewind time if they make a mistake. It was critically acclaimed upon its launch and is considered the height of the series, which stopped receiving new entries after 2010.

What does the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake add or change?

The game will stay mostly the same, and Yuri Lowenthal (who some might recognize as Peter Parker in the PlayStation 4 exclusive Marvel’s Spider-Man) will once again voice the Prince. Still, Ubisoft also teased some of the improvements and changes that this remake of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time adds.

“Fight new enemy character models and enjoy entirely new cinematic sequences along with enhanced voices, sounds, parkour animations, and soundtrack,” the press release reveals. “Camera, controls, and combat have been completely rebuilt and updated for today’s standards. Choose between original or modernized mapping.” The original Prince of Persia game will also be playable right from the game’s main menu.

Did the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake leak?

While the announcement of this remake was very exciting, its reveal was spoiled early.

A listing appeared on a retail site back in August, prompting Bloomberg reporter Jason Schrier to confirm its existence on Twitter. Another retail leak happened in September when Amazon UK listed a Prince of Persia remake for PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

While this leak didn’t turn out to be fully true, Ubisoft ended up leaking the game themselves. As reported by Eurogamer, the Russian Uplay site temporarily updated with images and videos confirming the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake. Less than a day after that leak, the game was confirmed at Ubisoft Foward and we now know what exactly to expect from it.

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake will be released for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on January 21, 2021.

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