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New Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora game will tell an all-new original story

It must be for the best, right? The upcoming Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora game will ignore the characters and plot of the original Avatar movie and its upcoming sequel, in favor of telling a whole new story.

“There was a time 15 or 20 years ago when playing the movie was something. You bought the game and played the movie, ”said Luigi Priore, vice president of Disney and Pixar Games. VentureBeat in an interview.

“Things like the classic Aladdin game on Sega Genesis. You played the movie. It was popular back then, but players expect more now. They want to interact with their favorite characters and worlds, but they want to. play new stories and do new things with these characters and worlds. “

And so, like the humans in the Avatar franchise, the developers at Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment are instead raiding that franchise’s Pandora world to tell their own story.

Of course, you shouldn’t expect a lot of giant blue cats.

“The idea is that it’s part of the storyline for this giant franchise on Pandora, but it’s not a ‘play the movie’ game. It’s a whole new open world, new characters,” Priore added.

“That’s why it’s called Frontiers of Pandora. It’s happening on another border, another area of ​​Pandora’s moon.”

A wise decision

It makes sense – I wonder how many people can actually name a single character in Avatar? Or do you remember the relationship between them? Avatar had its strengths, but it certainly wasn’t its colonial history on the nose. Rather, it was the otherworldly visuals and the alien flora and fauna that made us stare at the screen in awe.

The gravity-defying tropical world will certainly provide a rich backdrop for a game – one that will likely sell better if an original storyline, drawing on the strengths of interactive storytelling, can be combined with it. And for fans of the original film, they’ll still have the countless number of sequels to come, while newcomers to the franchise can dive into the cold without needing to know the series first. Win win.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora was a surprisingly exciting announcement at E3 2021, and while we’re skeptical of the franchise as a whole and only saw a heavily directed trailer rather than the game’s gameplay. , we are quietly impatient to see how it takes shape. There’s no release date beyond an approximate window of 2022, but expect to find the game on Windows, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Series S platforms.