Players who will buy the Prince of Persia The Sands of Time Remake on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will have access to a free next-gen upgrade, as announced by an update made on the Ubisoft Store. The publisher finally revealed the remake back in September during a much-awaited Ubisoft Forward event. Such a revelation came on the heels of a long cycle of leaks and rumors, many of which have since been proven precisely.
In many elements, the announcement wasn’t at all what fans came to anticipate. Noticeably, the reveal trailer for Prince of Persia The Sands of Time Remake featured graphics that failed to meet those of a great standard.
This resulted in bad fan feedbacks, which forced Ubisoft to delay the game out of its originally scheduled January 2021 launch to March. And just recently, the publisher hadn’t made any announcements about what Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 owners could expect with regards to the return of Prince of Persia.
As reported by a ResetEra user, the listing for the Prince of Persia remake on the Ubisoft Store recently got updated to reflect that owners of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 SKUs will be able to upgrade to the next-gen edition without paying anything extra.
A short note on the game’s listing states that “Purchase Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and upgrade your game to the next-gen version (PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X) at no additional cost.”
As of writing, there is no word as to whether or not the free next-gen upgrade will also translate to enhanced graphics for the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. Additionally, Ubisoft has yet to verify how precisely it plans to enhance upon what was initially shown in the reveal trailer of the remake.
Intriguingly, though, a comment from Syed Abbas, Ubisoft India’s Managing Director, mentioned that the poorly received visuals were actually a choice of style. “It was not a problem of timeline or budget,” Abbas revealed in an interview with The Mako Reactor.
The March 2021 Prince of Persia release will close out a huge fiscal year for Ubisoft. By then, the French game publisher will have launched highly anticipated titles such as Watch Dogs Legion, Immortals Fenyx Rising, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla since the beginning of its 2020-2021 fiscal year back in April.
Once the fiscal calendar starts in April 2021, the company aims to kick off their plans of releasing new games including Rainbox Six Quarantine and Far Cry 6, both of which were postponed a few weeks ago.