I’d totally forgotten that 2009’s Avatar had a video game adaptation. Much like the movie itself, it came out, and I can recall very little about it.
Thanks to Ubisoft, we’ll be getting a brand new Avatar game in 2022 to coincide with the long-overdue film sequel, hopefully. Check out the “first look” trailer below. I will warn you that there’s no real gameplay shown off, but it is all supposedly in-game footage.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is a first person, action-adventure game developed by Massive Entertainment – a Ubisoft studio, in collaboration with Lightstorm Entertainment and Disney. Built using the latest iteration of the Snowdrop engine, and developed exclusively for the new generation of consoles and PC, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora brings to life the alluring world of Pandora with all of its beauty and danger in an immersive, open world experience. In this new, standalone story, play as a Na’vi and embark on a journey across the Western Frontier, a never-before-seen part of Pandora. Explore a living and reactive world inhabited by unique creatures and new characters, and push back the formidable RDA forces that threaten it.
Since the Na’vi are very nimble and athletic creatures, you’d think a 3rd person game would be a better fit. Regardless, the environments look lush and amazing. The caption at the beginning states this is “game footage powered by Snowdrop.”
The Snowdrop engine powered some of Ubisoft’s other releases like Mario + Rabbids and both Division games. I wouldn’t call the thing a powerhouse by any means. Though here, the game world appears pretty awesome.
Temper that excitement, though, as Ubisoft has been known to downgrade games’ visual fidelity upon release drastically. It’s like a whole YouTube subgenre of its own with comparisons of E3 footage next to the released game.
Speaking of 3rd person, the original Avatar game was just that. It featured both human, and Na’vi ranged weapon combat and vehicular/beast riding sections. It wasn’t too bad of a game, just totally forgettable.
If you’re trying to recall the original game that hit PCs and PS4 back in ’09, check out this complete playthrough.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will be out for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Stadia, and Luna in 2022.
What did you think of the trailer? Is Avatar still a property worth exploring after all these years? Let us know in the comments.
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