Prince of Persia is a video game series or franchise created by Jordon Mechner and produced by Ubisoft. Ubisoft, a French publisher of games owns some of the most hit franchise in the gaming industry like far-cry and Assassin’s Creed. Ubisoft games are known for their unique storyline and out of the box gaming experience.
This time it’s again making its imprint on the Indian and Asian Market with the remake of its most popular gaming series Prince of Persia. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was originally published in 2003 by Ubisoft and was created by western developers. Its storyline includes an unknown prince who tries to correct his mistake of helping his Father’s Vizier in converting the palace people into savage monsters by releasing the Sands of Time from the hourglass and he obtains an artifact called Dagger of Time that can rewind time on its usage.
The remake of the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is taken by the branches of Ubisoft in India. Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai have undertaken the task to develop the game from scratch for which they have collected all the tapes from Montreal as Ubisoft Montreal was in charge of the original game The Sands of Time.
Jean-Philippe Pieuchot, Ubisoft India Studios managing director, told “What we want to showcase is that there is a greater control from India and it has always been our intention to show that we can build up together through strong competencies and expertise for game development,” in an interview. He added “We need to make sure that people understand that they can build their career in our industry, not only with us, but with so many other companies. We welcome everyone.”
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake
The announcement of “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake” could increase India’s position on the global video games market – not as a profitable market for selling consoles and Computer games but in the area of creating high-profile franchises aimed at the Asian and Western market.
Ubisoft in Pune and Mumbai together will develop this game and will feature the same storyline as of the 2003 version but with improved graphics, controls and camera angles. Even characters will be updated to feature Indian Style. For the remake, American actor Yuri Lowenthal, who was also the voice of the Prince in the authentic POP 2003 game, has replayed his part.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake game director Pierre-Sylvain Gires said “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake” is a very important milestone for the studio here because we finally have the ownership of that project… and we can actually tweak the design and inject into the game what has been in our mind,”. He added: “The studio has proved year after year that we could take more and more responsibilities. We started with Quality Control (QC), then production, and codec on major games like Far Cry and Just Dance. I think it is just the legacy that Indian studios in Pune and Mumbai start to create their own games.”
The remake version of the game will make its debut on January 21, 2021. Its preorder has already started and can be pre-booked at a price of $29.99 (approx. Rs. 2200). Ubisoft has also dropped a trailer of the Remake Version on its YouTube channel to reach more minds.
Annu Koul, senior producer with Ubisoft Pune and the studio in charge of the remake and his teammates knew that developing this game from scratch won’t be an easy task. “In terms of designing the game, there was one thin line which we have to keep in our mind that is, we have to make this game a nostalgia because there are a lot of fans who want this back. There are a lot of people who have already played this game. So, we have to keep that in mind. But at the same time, we have to have this game for the new players who didn’t have a chance to play the game back then” he said.
Another significant technical challenge was how the rewind feature should be integrated in the new game. The team needed to make the rewind back time feature in the engine itself, according to Koul. “Our main priority was actually to preserve the Prince’s original feeling while thoroughly improving it,” Gires said. “We revisited the three C’s and strengthened the combat with the targeted system.”
This is the first time Ubisoft’s Indian Studios have taken a lead in developing a popular game from scratch. It will be developed by the team of developers mostly from India. The Remake Version of the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will be made available on PC through Ubisoft Store and Epic Games Store, PS4, and Xbox One. It will also be playable on the PS5 and Xbox Series X using backward compatibility.
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