Get ready to loot unobtanium people very soon. Ubisoft Studio, the company behind the apocalyptic shooter game The Division, is working on developing a video game that is set in the Avatar Universe. The announcement of this game has come 8 years after the Avatar film.
The Avatar 2 movie is set to start filming in August 2021. As per the press release, there are 4 sequels to the Avatar movie that are under development, and Lightstorm, Massive, and Fox Interactive are working together to come up with a game.
- How Did the Film Change Our Way of Thinking?
- What Is Most Impressive About This Game?
- About the Massive Company
- What Do People Know About the Game So Far?
- The Game’s Potential
- The Unfortunate News of Platforms
- Availability for PC Gamers
- Eagerly Anticipated Sequel
- A Potential Release Date
- A Look at Other Ubisoft Titles
- Comparisons to the Far Cry Series
- Exploring Pandora
- The Conflict in the Game
- A Beautiful Expanse in the Waiting
- Amazing Scenes
- Full Scope of the Game
- Scale of This Project
How Did the Film Change Our Way of Thinking?
Lightstorm Entertainment and James Cameron certainly changed our way of thinking about immersive storytelling through the first Avatar.
Excitingly, their goals for the next film will mix things up even more.
James Cameron agreed to the project after he had viewed a prototype of the new game that was running on Massive’s Snowdrop game engine, and this is the same engine they had used in The Division.
What Is Most Impressive About This Game?
What is most impressive according to James Cameron, is that the group’s passion for the project and the power they have with the Snowdrop Engine is quite impressive.
He also believes that Ubisoft is the right partner to bring the beauty and dangers of Pandora back to life. Oddly, one criticism about The Division was that it was a little bland when killing humans.
It was indicated that the game would be more interesting if there were aliens, giants, demons, or something similar. With the Avatar video game, the fans might just get what they have been craving .
About the Massive Company
The Massive Company is in on the production and trying their hand at this as well, given that Pandora is a world that is inhabited by all sorts of nasty, beautiful, and scary creatures.
It is quite intriguing to see the potential that this game has and although it is a little worry, the fact that Ubisoft will be there to assist gives most people plenty to look forward to.
Like Avatar, it is expected that the game will have a Bethesda-style of open-world that will serve the universe better or a BioWare-style game that has an emphasis on role-playing and storytelling.
What Do People Know About the Game So Far?
Well, there is very little that is known for now about the new game, as it is still in its early stages.
But we are waiting eagerly with excitement and anticipation to see what it will encompass.
Many fans are already setting up for the new video game. The hope is that the design and gameplay will be interesting and unique and will feature the film’s universe.
The Game’s Potential
The potential is quite enormous at this point – and we couldn’t be more excited!
Everything from the flight on the backs of the banshees and the battles with the massive mecha and aliens, is expected to feature in the game.
We are just wondering whether the game will toy with VR at all and if there will be a demand for a virtual reality treatment of the game that syncs data with giant blue aliens.
The Unfortunate News of Platforms
The launch of next-gen consoles has been rough, to say the least, though not because there’s anything wrong with them.
The Avatar video game is set to launch on the PS5, Xbox Series X, Luna, and Stadia. This might put a dampener on for some.
While the Stadia and Luna might not be a problem to get your hands on, the PS5 and Xbox Series X aren’t exactly commonplace yet, given how expensive and how few of them there are.
Availability for PC Gamers
The video game will also be coming to PC, but with how rapidly gaming PCs evolve, there’s no telling what kind of systems we’ll be working with by the time the game launches.
That all being said, we don’t have a statement or confirmation from the developers as to when we’ll get to play the new Avatar game.
So it might come out just in time for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X to finally be more available.
Eagerly Anticipated Sequel
Anyone who follows James Cameron’s film releases will have eagerly been waiting for the sequel to the 2009 Avatar film.
It’s been continuously delayed and delayed since it was first promised almost a decade ago, and understandably, fans have had the wind taken from their sails.
However, fans of Pandora can once again get excited, and not just because a new video game is giving you the chance to explore this fantasy alien world.
A Potential Release Date
The last people have heard, the promised sequel was set for release in December 2022, which is now rapidly approaching.
Fans and theorists are almost sure that it isn’t just a coincidence that the Avatar video game was announced at E3 but a year before.
It could very likely be that the game will be a marketing tool used to build hype for the film again, and who knows, maybe the two will be linked?
A Look at Other Ubisoft Titles
With Ubisoft at the helm of development, they can take a few avenues to shape this title.
Ubisoft is responsible for many games with diverse mechanics and engines. Given how little we know of the Avatar game, we can make an educated guess as to what the gameplay might be like.
A first-person, open-world game emphasizing exploration and the narrative can take many different forms.
Comparisons to the Far Cry Series
Looking at past Ubisoft games, you’ll instantly think of the Far Cry series. It sits in that same style of discovering this open expanse while interacting with the world around as it interacts with itself.
As far as we’re concerned, a Far Cry-style game set in the world of Pandora could be a recipe for success, though it would obviously have to be changed and evolved to suit the setting.
Massive Studios are the people behind Far Cry, after all.
Touching on what is theorized based on the announcement trailer, you can expect to play as one of James Cameron’s Na’vi, the fictional race of eight-foot-tall, blue-skinned people who inhabit Pandora.
If you’ve seen the film, which you really should, then you’ll have a mental image. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll also have an idea of the type of alien world you’ll be exploring, at least aesthetically.
Subtitled “Frontiers of Pandora,” you can expect to see familiar yet new expanses as you explore the Western Frontier of Pandora, which we haven’t seen anything of yet.
The Conflict in the Game
This is also where the central conflict will likely come in.
The first film has a narrative built around the human forces of the RDA coming into a new world, deposing the indigenous people, and extorting the land for its natural resources.
A lot can be done following the first film’s story, though a resource race of sorts would be at the top of our list for a potential main plot thread, with eco-consciousness being a recurring theme.
A Beautiful Expanse in the Waiting
Regardless of the actual main focus for the storyline, one of the main drawcards of this video game so far is 100% the beautiful world.
While the graphics are undoubtedly stunning from what we’ve seen in the trailer, let’s not forget that this is intended to be an open-world exploration game.
The trailer took us through multiple scenic locations across the Western Frontier of Pandora, showing off the wildlife and biomes which we’ll eventually come to explore.
It is nothing short of breathtaking. The scenes shift from open fields of grass and flowers and strange but familiar animals to dense jungles with weird shapes and flora.
These give an almost “Uncanny Valley” feel in its familiarity. This will, of course, all be explored in first-person, so there will likely be a big push for immersion in their game design.
The game is a sight to behold with its incredible level of detail, as befitting a James Cameron world.
Full Scope of the Game
Ubisoft first announced that they were working on an Avatar game back in 2017, and at that point, people were excited.
But for the most part, were over the James Cameron film. However, having seen the trailer and the flashy cutscenes, we get an idea of the full scope of what they’ve accomplished.
The lack of past-gen console support makes sense when you consider Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will make full use of what the next-gen consoles have to offer.
Scale of This Project
As a continuation of the James Cameron film, which is jam-packed with CG detail, Ubisoft is doing its utmost to give that same level of detail.
“It can actually handle the translucency of the leaves […] so it can figure out how much of the light is reflected through the leaves, how tinted it is with the colors and everything else.
You get lovely reflections and sights for the water, even down to the volumetric clouds up in the sky – they actually receive the correct lighting as well.”
Ubisoft released a video game of Avatar in 2009, and this was actually meant to be the prequel to the movie, but it was received with mixed and negative reactions. Most people never played the game.
But old games turning into new ones often has developers working overtime, so we should expect the new game to have things that make it worthy of the Avatar title.