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news culture Avatar 2: How does Ubisoft’s Frontiers of Pandora game fit into the saga?
While the trailer for Avatar: The Way of the Water has just been released, the future of the franchise started by James Cameron is also playing out in the field of video games. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, scheduled for release in 2022, evolves in a shared universe with the 7th Art, but how does it fit into the saga?
- Avatar 2: The Water Path
- Avatar: Pandora’s Frontiers
- A “canonical” but stand-alone adventure
Avatar 2: The Water Path
In 2009, the movie Avatar was a box office success. His creator and director, James Cameron, then announced that he had four film sequels in mind to develop his universe. Originally announced for 2014, the first sequel suffered multiple postponements before seeing the end of the tunnel. By last, Avatar: The Way of the Water will be released in French cinemas on December 14, 2022.
Audiences will find Jake Sully and Neytiri, who became parents, ten years after the events of the first feature film. The return of the malevolent and greedy Resource Development Administration threatens your peaceful world. Confronted by the RDA and its mercenaries, Jake and his family take refuge in the reefs and meet another Na’vi clan, very close to aquatic life: the Metkayina. They will have to remain united in the hope of putting an end to the dark drawings of the assailants if they want to survive and with them the planet Pandora.
Avatar: Pandora’s Frontiers
The Avatar saga is once again available in video games, after several adaptations of the first film. Avatar: Pandora’s Frontiers is advertised as an open world first-person action-adventure game. The project is being developed by Massive Entertainment, Sweden’s Ubisoft Studios (Far Cry 3, Star Wars, Tom Clancy’s The Division) in conjunction with Lightstorm Entertainment (James Cameron’s production company) and entertainment giant Disney.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will allow players to explore the lush world of the Na’vi and protect it from human invasion attempts. we already know that the action will take place in the territories located to the West, a part of Pandora still unexplored by the movies. Therefore, we will discover new Na’vi tribes, new creatures and new environments.
The developers promise awesome imageslike the 2009 movie, and an immersive experience enabled by a highly interactive world. To make the game more realistic, NPCs will also interact with the environment and behave differently depending on various parameters, as Alice Rendell, lead designer for all things “narrative realization,” explains.
We wanted to go even further and created a system where our NPCs understand the state of the environment, whether it’s in relation to player progress or the time of day, for example. -Alice Rendel
Ubisoft has not communicated a final release date regarding Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. we only know that the game is announced for 2022. Specially designed for next generation consoles, so it will be released on playstation5, Xbox Series X/S Y computeras well as on Google Stadia and Amazon Luna in the latest news.
A “canonical” but stand-alone adventure
A trailer was released in June 2021, notably revealing the presence of the Resources Development Administration (or RDA), a human mining company and the main antagonist of the films. Which leads us to think that the events of the game predate or parallel the first, or even the second film. The fact that the plot takes place in a region of Pandora unexplored by the movies, however, seems to take us away from the emblematic characters of Avatar, Jake Sully and Neytiri.
Luigi Priore, vice president of Disney and Pixar Games, has confirmed that Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, developed by Massive Entertainment and published by Ubisoft, will tell a new story, completely separate from the cinematic works.
The idea is that the game is part of the great story of this franchise set in Pandora, but it is not a game where you “play the movie”. It is a completely new open world with new characters. – Luigi Priore (Vice President of Disney and Pixar Games)
Be that as it may, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora promises its share of novelties both in terms of script and in terms of technological and video game innovations. It remains to be seen if they will live up to the expectations of fans of the Avatar saga.