Ubisoft has as soon as once more affirmed that the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (opens in new tab) remake has not been cancelled. The corporate is so bored with individuals asking about it that it is created a whole FAQ (opens in new tab) that everybody can discuss with if and once they have questions or doubts.
It is comprehensible that individuals would marvel in regards to the state of the Sands of Time remake, a recreation that has, considerably mockingly, taken some time to complete. Although Ubisoft didn’t cite the Covid-19 pandemic as a purpose for the sport’s delay, the pandemic has been an comprehensible supply of disruption within the video games trade, with 44 p.c of builders (opens in new tab) blaming it for delays in 2021.
In Ubisoft’s case, The Sands of Time was introduced in 2020 (opens in new tab) with a 2021 launch date however has been delayed a number of instances since then, and after selling the remake as the primary undertaking to be led by Ubisoft’s studios in India, it was transferred to Ubisoft Montreal (opens in new tab) in 2022. The latest delay, in June, pushed the sport out of Ubisoft’s 2023 fiscal 12 months and left it with none type of launch goal (opens in new tab).
That is nonetheless the place issues stand, in keeping with the FAQ, which says that “a brand new launch date has not been set.” It additionally notes that there are presently no plans to remake another video games within the Prince of Persia collection, which debuted as a rotoscoped platformer in 1989. That is comprehensible too, given the grief Ubisoft appears to be having getting this one out the door.
Apparently, one factor has modified: Within the June delay announcement, Ubisoft mentioned followers who had preordered the sport might contact their retailers to cancel in the event that they did not need to watch for it; on this new FAQ, it mentioned that as a result of The Sands of Time remake doesn’t presently have a launch date, current preorders have been routinely cancelled and refunded. “Pre-orders could reopen as soon as a brand new launch date for the sport has been introduced,” Ubisoft added.
Ubisoft is not the one writer to auto-refund preorders due to delays—one thing related just lately occurred with Stalker 2 (opens in new tab)—however Ubisoft does appear to have distinctive struggles with high-profile delays. In March it delayed The Settlers (opens in new tab) RTS, in July it did the identical with Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora (opens in new tab), in September—lower than two months earlier than launch—it mashed the brakes on Cranium and Bones (opens in new tab), and Past Good and Evil 2 (opens in new tab) just lately surpassed Duke Nukem Ceaselessly’s all-time videogame vaporware report.