Back in 2009, Ubisoft released a tie-in game to James Cameron‘s Avatar that got met to mixed reception. However, with the renewal of interest in the film franchise, Ubisoft is looking to get things right the second time with a new title developed by Massive Entertainment, the team behind Tom Clancy’s The Division.
According to ScreenRant, the next Avatar game will be developed by a team consisting of Ubisoft, Twentieth Century Fox Interactive Entertainment, and Lightstorm Entertainment (James Cameron’s production company), just as it was with the previous title. However, Massive Entertainment will be doing the heavy lifting this time around, a decision which James Cameron vocally supported. The Avatar mastermind said the following on the project:
“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.”
And admiration goes both ways, as Massive Entertainment are apparently big fans of James Cameron’s work and Avatar in particular. Massive Entertainment’s director, David Polfeldt, said this when asked about the opportunity to expand the universe:
“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. 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.”
The sudden influx of attention given to this franchise between this and Disney’s soon-to-be-open Pandora theme park, suggests that yes, they’re actually dead-set on getting these sequels out soon. Considering that Avatar hasn’t really left as much of a cultural impact as one would expect from the highest-grossing movie of all time, it should be interesting to see how these new additions to the dormant setting do.
Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 are currently scheduled for releases in December 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023 respectively – all of which will be directed by James Cameron. No release date for the new video game has been given.