During yesterday’s Ubisoft Forward livestream, the French publisher showed off a number of different games in development. One of the most intriguing was the reveal of Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time Remake, coming early next year.
Why would we be this excited about a game we’ve already played before? Because there are very few games like it, and if anything deserves a cleanup and reintroduction for modern audiences, it’s Sands of Time, arguably the best Prince of Persia game that has ever been.
As we begin our story, the Prince has been tricked by an evil Visier into unleashing the titular Sands of Time, which rush out and contaminate the entire kingdom. To undo the deed and stop the Vizier, the Prince must utilize the help of the sassy Princess Farah along with an enchanted dagger that gives him the ability to rewind time for a few seconds.
It’s mechanics like the dagger, and the Prince’s ability to scale walls by running sideways up them, that make Sands of Time such a blast to play. There were attempts at follow-ups, but most of them felt hollow and corporate-driven. There’s only one Sands of Time, and now a new generation will now find that out for themselves.
Sands of Time was a remake in itself, based on the 1989 original created by programmer Jordan Mechner on his Apple II. Mechner worked on Prince of Persia by himself over a period of two years, attempting to push character animation and rotoscoping to new heights on what was very dated hardware. The resulting game is one of the Apple’s best, but it didn’t truly take off until it was ported to PC and Mac. The 1992 Mac version can be unlocked in the Sands of Time remake, along with “other surprises” Ubi won’t tell us about just yet.
Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time Remake will be out January 21, 2021 for Playstation 4, XBox One and PC.