If there’s one thing the world has been crying out for, it’s a video game based on Avatar, that pop culture phenomenon from 2009.
Ah well, the world of Avatar was – at the very least – visually stunning, so an open world adventure from Ubisoft based on director James Cameron’s creation could actually turn out pretty cool.
Development duties are to be handled by The Division studio Ubisoft Massive, and will run on the Snowdrop engine, that particular developer’s weapon of choice.
The as-yet untitled Avatar game will be heading to PC and unspecified consoles (though PS4 and Xbox One are probably a safe bet), and has been described as ‘cutting edge’.
Ubisoft Massive managing director David Polfeldt said in a statement:
James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment changed the way we think about immersive storytelling with the first Avatar, and the ambition that they have for the forthcoming films and this game is really inspiring.
You can check out a brief video below, complete with commentary from the team behind the game – note that there’s no gameplay footage just yet though.
On the movie side of things, we know that no less than four Avatar sequels are being worked on – but will people really care this long after the original film?
Cameron himself seems to think so, and he was reportedly very keen on the idea of an Avatar game after Ubisoft approached him with a pitch.
He said in a statement:
What impressed me about Massive were the group’s passion for this project and the power of its Snowdrop engine. I believe Ubisoft’s team at Massive Entertainment are absolutely the right partners to bring the beauty and danger of Pandora to life.
Production on all four Avatar sequels are set to start this year, so while we don’t yet have a release date for the game, expect it to coincide with one of the new films.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.