Gamers Hugely Disappointed With Prince of Persia Remake

Published 09/11/2020, 2:34 PM EDT
Credit: Epic Game Store

The Ubisoft Forward event concluded on September 10. While the developers probably thought they had a huge announcement for their fans, the reactions that followed tell a different story. One of the announcements made at the event was the introduction of a Prince of Persia remake. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is a cult game that almost every millennial played growing up. As soon as gamers got a whiff of a remake, they were on cloud nine. However, when Ubisoft revealed the trailer live, fans weren’t pleased.


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Prince of Persia Remake

The development of the remake is under the ownership of Indian Ubisoft studios in the cities of Pune and Mumbai, and Ubisoft has promised modernized controls. They are rebuilding camera, controls, and combat and updating them for today’s standards. Players can choose between the original or modernized mapping. Along with this, the developers have promised an immersive experience with more realistic graphics.


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In an interview published on the Ubisoft News website, Pierre–Sylvain Gires, the game director in charge of the remake said, “But we rebuilt everything from the ground up, because no files were actually usable because of the engine; we are using Anvil, which was used for Assassin’s Creed Origins.

The new version of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will arrive for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on January 21, and is playable on both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X via backward compatibility. It is also available for pre-ordering on Ubisoft’s website.

Fan reactions

Fans have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment. Their biggest concern for the game is the graphics. While the game uses the same engine as Assassin’s Creed Origins, the trailer either didn’t do justice to the graphics, or the game itself could be lacking on that front.

Optimistic Fans

While some fans have given an outright verdict, others are trying to be optimistic and trying to find happiness in the fact that they at least got a remake.

Some players have been optimistic and hoped that the developers might take into account the criticism and improve the game before its launch.

Positive reactions

Through all of this criticism, certain fans have taken up the job of defending the game at all costs.


Most big announcements these days leave an outpouring of memes in their wake. The gaming community didn’t disappoint, and the memes included comparisons with other remakes along with jabs at the poor graphics.

Prince of Persia Remake: Verdict

The remake looks like an old Splinter Cell game. Without any gameplay available, the fans have based their reactions only on the trailer. There is still hope that post-release, the gameplay might change the perception of players. However, the developers should still take note of the criticism and try to fix them in post-production.


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In a move of good faith, the CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot issued a video apologizing for their drawbacks.


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Although Ubisoft’s reputation precedes them, the apology video might hint towards their efforts to correct their errors. Till then, gamers will have to stay tuned for further updates on gameplay or any statements from the developers.


Shwetang Parthsarthy

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.