Ubisoft has released a first trailer for an upcoming video game in the universe of the 2009 film “Avatar”. The video shows the blue natives of the planet Pandora fighting against the militarized humanity of the 22nd century. In “Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora” you take the side of the Na’vi and travel to a section of the planet that, according to Ubisoft, has not yet been seen. The French publisher promises a lively game world that should react to the actions of the players. According to Ubisoft, the “Avatar” game will be an action-adventure played from the first-person perspective; Ubisoft titles usually have an open game world.
It still takes until the release: Ubisoft wants to release the game in 2022, the company does not name a more precise period. “Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora” is announced exclusively for PC (plus the streaming services Stadia and Luna) and Xbox Series X / S and Playstation 5. Accordingly, the game will not come to the PS4 and Xbox One – most of the titles that are currently on the market are still designed for both console generations. “Frontiers of Pandora” is one of the first pure next-gen titles to be announced by an independent development studio.
“Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora” is based on the Snowdrop engine which was developed by the Swedish Ubisoft studio Massive Entertainment and which powers the “The Division” titles, among other things. An upcoming “Star Wars” game from Ubisoft is also being created with Ubisoft’s in-house engine. Massive Entertainment is working on both the Star Wars game and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.
The scenes from the “Avatar” trailer were rendered in Snowdrop, but the actual gameplay could look different – such in-engine trailers are only of limited use. Because “Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora” is only being developed for the new generation of consoles, the developers do not have to make any concessions to the outdated technology of PS4 and Xbox One.
“Frontiers of Pandora” is not the first “Avatar” video game from Ubisoft: When the film was released in 2009, “James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game”, developed by Ubisoft: The action game came to mixed reviews on the market.