I know it’s really cool these days to trash on James Cameron’s Avatar. It seems like every time there’s some sort of news on the franchise that internet hipsters come out of the woodwork to try and enlighten us all on how the highest grossing movie of all time is bad actually. Well, I unapologetically love Avatar. I loved it when I saw it in theaters multiple times back in 2009, and I loved it last month when the whole family watched it again. So when they unveiled an all new game set in the Avatar universe at the recent Ubisoft Forward event, I was incredibly excited.
Developed by Massive Entertainment (The Division), Avatar will use that game’s Snowdrop game engine to beautifully recreate the world of Pandora in all of it’s open world glory. If the thought of exploring every corner of that iconic world isn’t exciting enough, the news that the game is being developed exclusively for current gen consoles (and pc) means that the game should be as visually stunning as the movie was when we first experienced it.
Not too much is known about the story of Frontiers of Pandora, but what we do know is that in this 1st person adventure you’ll be playing as the Na’vi and exploring the Western Frontier, an area of the world not seen in the films featuring “a living and reactive world inhabited by unique creatures and new characters”. We can also assume that this story takes place either before or parallel to the events in the film, as the trailer and screenshots show confrontations with the RDA, the human forces that were booted from the planet at the end of the film.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is scheduled to be released in 2022, which means we should get our hands on it well before the often delayed sequels to the films which seem to be in a perpetual state of development. So if you’ve been longing for a return to Pandora for over a decade, you can pack your bags and let Ubisoft bring you back next year.