Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was released in 2003. It was one of the first games to really show off the new generation of hardware (PS2 era), allowing for smooth and interesting gameplay that wasn’t really possible before. It is still fondly remembered today – enough for Ubisoft to bring it back in remastered form next year.
Ubisoft made the announcement yesterday during its Ubisoft Forward presentation. The new game is released on January 21. And it’s a complete remake, not just a remaster – it looks like everything has been remade from the ground up, following the original game’s combat, level design, and storyline, but including all new elements. It’s coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC, without a word on next-gen consoles.
The original Sands of time was the second 3D reincarnation of Prince of Persia, after a lackluster attempt on the PC / Dreamcast. It is considered a classic game, which cleverly combines time-consuming gameplay with both precarious platforming and innovative multi-enemy melee combat. The story was also unusually good for the time, with critics and players praising Prince’s expressive hero and his vibrant love Farah. Subsequent entries in the series never achieved the same level of success, and the last time a 3D game in the series was released was in 2010.
All of the game’s visuals have been improved both in technical and design terms, but those who want to see the original costumes and weapons (and a bit of cartoons) will need to pre-order the game.