The Ubisoft Forward event concluded on September 10th. While the developers thought they had huge announcements for their fans, the reactions tell a different story. One of the announcements made in 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, their expectations were on cloud nine. However, when Ubisoft revealed the trailer live, fans were not pleased.
Prince of Persia Remake
Development of the remake is under the ownership of Indian Ubisoft studios in the cities of Pune and Mumbai. Ubisoft promises modernized controls. They are rebuilding camera, controls, and combat completely and updating them for today’s standards. Players can choose between the original or modernised mapping. Along with this, the developers promise an immersive experience with more realistic graphics.
In an interview published on the Ubisoft News website, Pierre–Sylvain Gires, the game director in charge of the remake, tells us, “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 21st January, and is playable on both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X via backward compatibility. However, it is available for Pre-Ordering on Ubisoft’s website.
Fans are taking 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 is lacking in that front.
Why does this look like ps3 graphics? This is suppose to be a “remake” for ps4? Looks more like that Prince of Persia collection from ps3.
— Scott Jackson (@ScottJackson79) September 10, 2020
Hey @Ubisoft !
2012 called, they want their graphics back.
— Shreesh Singh (@shreeshsingh_) September 10, 2020
Polish polish polish… This needs polish imo
Well, Alpha… Beta footage is ok. We need actual gameplay now for further assesment of Improvements.
— Narendra Choudhary (@MarwariJat) September 11, 2020
I really hope you listen to the fans and you don’t release this garbage. It amazes me that nobody in the development team tried to put brakes on this in its abysmal state. In what planet are you all living? You can still save this. Delay it and improve. Respect the fans.
— Siren of the Desert (@LadyMelodina) September 10, 2020
This looks awful. I’ve been waiting for a decent remake like RE2, Spyro, Shadow of Colossus and etc.
And this is spit in the face of Prince of Persia’s fans.
We have been waiting for all theese years to get this “thing”?
— Racoony (@RacoonV) September 11, 2020
While some fans have given an outright verdict, others are trying to be optimistic and finding happiness in the fact that they at least got a remake.
I’m really excited for this, but does anything else feel like the visuals are underwhelming compared to Ubisoft’s recent output? It looks like it’s been dumbed down for Switch, but Switch isn’t in the platform list. I hope it gets optimized for PS4, XBO, & PC with Pro/X support.
— Matt Hargett (@syke) September 10, 2020
Is really a remake? Because it’s look like a remaster. By the trailer the graphics doesn’t look good.
A great game though, but the graphics are not good.
— Δ (@_badsado) September 10, 2020
I’m glad to the Prince is back but 8f you’re not gonna respect it I’d rather you just leave it… why have you butchered the graphics to look this bad?
— corey seville (@coreyseville) September 10, 2020
Character models look awful… I don’t mind if it’s stylized but this isn’t exactly stylized nor realistic. Something in between. The rest seems pretty cool and nostalgic, though.
— Skinnyman (@S_kinnyman) September 10, 2020
Some fans are even optimistic about the fact that the developers might take into account the criticism and improve the game before its launch.
Exact Same thought bro ,they didn’t add expression to faces of any character that’s strange,if they did it would look somewhat better now they have around 4 months time they should definitely work on this!👍⚡⚔️🗡️
— Yashraj Anand🇮🇳 (@YASHTRON) September 10, 2020
While some have taken up the job to defend the game at all costs.
Yall complaining about how characters look. Get over it. Can you not just enjoy a game anymore? I mean people still play the very first resi evil game and that game is literally polygons. Like come on now. I still play DOOM 1992. Stop complaining. Just have fun with it.
— The Almighty NaeNae Goblin (@CrimsonSiegeYT) September 10, 2020
Can ya’ll just accept th3 fact that they’re bringing the Prince back? Sheesh, you would think that after honor our wish that we would shut the hell up , not bark some more
P.S what about that new Splinter Cell game though?
— T E N E T (@Irfie4) September 11, 2020
I’ve never seen so many people cry before… Entitled babies. Graphics aren’t everything. I’m glad this game has come back for a new generation and the art style fits alongside the original. Getting this day one! 👍😀
— Sir Knight Ariastyr 🎮☀️ (@Ariastyr) September 10, 2020
Every disappointing gaming event is accompanied by memes from fans. The memes include comparisons with other remakes along with a jab at poor graphics.
You can reeaally see who cares about the quality of their games and who doesn’t pic.twitter.com/qfG09k77QJ
— grilled cheese | bIm (@_xandas_) September 10, 2020
Prince of Persia Remake 2021
Uncharted Lost Legacy 2017 pic.twitter.com/WKmMAm2djf
— BSK waiting for PS5 (@BSKtheKing) September 10, 2020
Take notes. pic.twitter.com/0Er0t3ETNS
— cyber punk 🦾 (@SoIidSnakee) September 10, 2020
did i ever tell you what the definition of (Remake) is ????? pic.twitter.com/hhvoyoJ8gY
— Mroussama (@Mroussama2803) September 10, 2020
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 would change the perception of players. However, the developers should still take note of the criticism and try to fix them in post production.
In a move of good faith, the CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot issued a video on the official twitter handle, apologizing for their drawbacks.
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) September 10, 2020
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.