Ubisoft’s Avatar game is real and actually looks good

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It’s been four years since Ubisoft Massive announced its untitled Avatar Project in March 2017. And much like the film franchise it is based off of, development of the game has been a long and slow process. This shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise though because even Ubisoft had acknowledged the game wouldn’t debut before April 2020.

Usually when a project of this magnitude is announced so far in advance, it typically winds up disappointing. But when Ubisoft finally debuted the first look trailer for what is now officially titled Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, I was actually impressed.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
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Although we didn’t see any actual gameplay, what the trailer did show was Ubisoft Massive’s capability of bringing the world of Pandora to life. And just how pretty everything looks.

James Cameron’s Avatar was groundbreaking when it released in 2009. Despite the lackluster story, the stunning visuals and excellent use of 3D helped create an immersive world. Pandora was unlike anything we’d seen in a movie. Replicating this sort of feeling is no easy task, especially in a video game, but Ubisoft Massive has seemingly done so.

Visually, it looks incredible. Of course, that also shouldn’t come as a surprise as the game is built using the latest iteration of the Snowdrop engine.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is built exclusively for the new generation of consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X|S) and PC. So it’s not being constrained by the limitations of last-gen technology. By developing the game solely for new consoles, the world of Pandora can truly shine.

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As far as gameplay is concerned, there’s only so much you can get from a reveal trailer. Apparently, this will be a standalone story where you play as a Na’vi, the tall, blue extraterrestrial humanoids who are indigenous to the jungle moon of Pandora. You’ll embark on a journey across the never-before-seen Western Frontier of Pandora, helping to fend off the RDA forces who threaten the this unique and beautiful world.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is played in first-person, which I’m not too crazy about. But it’s designed as an open world experience, so there should be lots to do and see.