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Ubisoft announces upcoming James Cameron Avatar game

Ubisoft announces upcoming James Cameron Avatar game

Ubisoft has announced it is working on an as-yet untitled game set on Avatar's Pandora, with The Division's Massive Entertainment at the helm.

Ubisoft has announced that its Massive Entertainment studio, responsible for Tom Clancy's The Division, is working on an as-yet untitled game based on James Cameron's Avatar franchise.

While the project hasn't progressed far enough to get a launch title, Ubisoft is preparing the hype train early with the promise of a game developed by Massive in partnership with Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Interactive to put gamers on Pandora, the glow-in-the-dark floating-rocks planet from the film Avatar. 'James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment changed the way we think about immersive storytelling with the first Avatar,' burbled David Polfeldt, Massive managing director, at the announcement of the partnership. '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 honoured that they’ve entrusted us to create an experience worthy of the Avatar name.'

Lightstorm was convinced to work with Ubisoft on the project, the team claims, after Massive demonstrated a prototype runnign on the Snowdrop game engine - the same engine used in Massive's oft-delayed massively multiplayer third-person shoot-'em-up The Division. 'What impressed me about Massive were the group’s passion for this project and the power of its Snowdrop engine,' claimed James Cameron. 'I believe Ubisoft’s team at Massive Entertainment are absolutely the right partners to bring the beauty and danger of Pandora to life.'

Full details, including a planned launch date and even the name of the game, are not yet available.

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fix-the-spade 1st March 2017, 15:45 Quote
So, Ubisoft Open World Game: Avatar Skin Edition, coming soon.

Even if that is the case it will at least be beautiful, also considerably better than the actual Avatar video game of 2009.
Gareth Halfacree 1st March 2017, 15:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by fix-the-spade
So, Ubisoft Open World Game: Avatar Skin Edition, coming soon.
Added bonus: when the physics engine craps out and things fly off, just say they were made of unobtanium. IT'S NODDA TOOMAH^WBUG!
Vault-Tec 1st March 2017, 16:15 Quote
The last game was pretty good IIRC? Pretty sure I bought it and played it for a while.
Anfield 1st March 2017, 16:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Added bonus: when the physics engine craps out and things fly off, just say they were made of unobtanium. IT'S NODDA TOOMAH^WBUG!

People will be too busy obtaining microtransactionanium through the companion app to notice anyway.:D

Do people even care about Avatar any more? Sure the movie got lucky because it was released at a time when the whole 3D gimmick still put butts in cinema seats, but other than that it was utterly generic.
Maki role 1st March 2017, 18:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Anfield
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Added bonus: when the physics engine craps out and things fly off, just say they were made of unobtanium. IT'S NODDA TOOMAH^WBUG!

People will be too busy obtaining microtransactionanium through the companion app to notice anyway.:D

Do people even care about Avatar any more? Sure the movie got lucky because it was released at a time when the whole 3D gimmick still put butts in cinema seats, but other than that it was utterly generic.

The sequels are coming out about then, so I assume they think it'll be relevant again.

Truth be told I loved Avatar, something about it just clicked with me. I knew it was generic, but the world Cameron created thoroughly appealed to me, was one of those nerds who even learned to speak basic Na'vi haha
edzieba 1st March 2017, 21:22 Quote
I also rather enjoyed Avatar. The complains of "it's just Fern Gulley in space!" never made much sense: Star Wars is just Hero's Journey iiin spaaaaace (with battles made by cutting up WWII fighter plane movies), and it's still a great film.
VipersGratitude 2nd March 2017, 04:56 Quote
My problem with Avatar is that it was as subtle as a brick covered in vegan poo. I could have accepted that if Cameron was doing something innovative or mind-bending, but he wasn't, it was a story that had been told countless times before and as such it felt utterly condescending e.g. Unobtainium, which is an analogue for oil, don't ya know?
David 2nd March 2017, 08:11 Quote
Sci-fi Pocahontas: The game.

Awesome!


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Journeyer 2nd March 2017, 08:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by VipersGratitude
Unobtainium, which is an analogue for oil, don't ya know?

Well, actually, Unobtainium is a generic name for any substance that has properties which are desirable to any given application. In the world of Avatar they probably did have a more technically accurate name for the mineral, but boss-man used the word "Unobtainium" in order to demonstrate how rare or desirable the mineral was.
edzieba 2nd March 2017, 09:26 Quote
Unobtanium is exactly the sort of thing scientists and engineers would colloquially call a room-temperature superconductor (or flawless long-chain carbon nanotubes, or optical broadband metamaterial lenses, etc) and I could see the name catching on a a non-technical term. Titnaium and Neodymium have both been referred to colloquially as Unobtanium in the past, though the terms did not gain wide public adoption in those cases. I could see it happening for RTSCs, given the dramatic impact such a material would have.
Gareth Halfacree 2nd March 2017, 09:37 Quote
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Unobtanium is exactly the sort of thing scientists and engineers would colloquially call a room-temperature superconductor (or flawless long-chain carbon nanotubes, or optical broadband metamaterial lenses, etc) and I could see the name catching on a a non-technical term. Titnaium and Neodymium have both been referred to colloquially as Unobtanium in the past, though the terms did not gain wide public adoption in those cases. I could see it happening for RTSCs, given the dramatic impact such a material would have.
Traditionally, "unobtanium" has been used to refer to any material which you need to make something work - typically a perpetual motion or free-energy machine - but which is unobtainable owing to generously not having been discovered yet or more realistically not actually existing. Hence unobtainium.

Think of the old perpetual motion machine which has the rope going through a bucket of water: it would work if you had a material which would create a perfect water-tight seal yet have zero friction. That material? Unobtainium.
perplekks45 2nd March 2017, 10:02 Quote
The only thing I find in the least bit interesting about this is that it probably means Massive will not work much on Division anymore. But I'm not sure that's bad...
VipersGratitude 2nd March 2017, 17:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by James Cameron
So certainly it is about imperialism in the sense that the way human history has always worked is that people with more military or technological might tend to supplant or destroy people who are weaker, usually for their resources. We're in a century right now in which we're going to start fighting more and more over less and less. The population ain't slowin' down, oil will be depleted - we don't have a great Plan B for energy in this country right now, notwithstanding Obama's attempts to get people to focus on alternative energy. We've had eight years of the oil lobbyists running the country.

So there's a conscience within the film, but it's not boldly stated. It's kind of there if you want it to be there; it's not there if you don't want it to be there. It can be as classic a story of fighting back against cruel might as 'Star Wars.' You can take it back to the origins of America in a fight of rebels against an imperial dominating force. You can interpret it many, many different ways. The bad guys could be America in this movie, or the good guys could be America in this movie, depending on your perspective.

Included the second paragraph even though, on the surface, it diminishes my point. You have to remember that he was accused of taking an "Un-American" stance at the time. Not boldly stated, my behind.
afrasiab 3rd March 2017, 19:12 Quote
ubi games are always my favorite and hope that this new open world game will be good and worth playing,
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