In 2009, James Cameron unleashed one of the most engaging, impactful movies of our generation. Avatar broke box-office records, earned a 4-sequel deal, and even their own amusement park with Disney. Soon, you’ll be able to add video game to that illustrious list of achievements. Today, Ubisoft has announced that the studio that created Tom Clancy’s The Division, Massive Entertainment, will now embark on a bold quest to build a virtual, playable Pandora!
Unfortunately, we don’t know much more in terms of scale and if this will be an open-world concept. Nor, do we know where this falls in the timeline. We do know that this will be a AAA project, which means Ubisoft will be pouring a good chunk of time and money into the Avatar video game.
“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,” said David Polfeldt, Managing Director, Massive. “It’s a privilege to work with them and we’re honored that they’ve entrusted us to create an experience worthy of the Avatar name.”
“What impressed me about Massive were the group’s passion for this project and the power of its Snowdrop engine,” said Cameron. “I believe Ubisoft’s team at Massive Entertainment are absolutely the right partners to bring the beauty and danger of Pandora to life.”
The Snowdrop Engine, Mr. Cameron is referring to, is the same one that brought the dilapidated city of New York to life in Tom Clancy’s The Division. After seeing what it did for The Division, I have no doubt it’ll do wonders for the moon, Pandora, in Avatar.
Avatar has proven to be lofty endeavor for Cameron and co. The first movie came out in 2009 and spawned tons of new content, and yet we still can’t seem to get one of the 4 sequels promised. With today’s news, we may be playing in Pandora virtually and physically before ever see the next chapter.
What do you think of Ubisoft’s Avatar news?