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Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora gameplay showcased

By Nicholas James

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Jun 12, 2023

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The World of Pandora is the gorgeously-rendered setting of James Cameron’s Avatar movies, and now also for the newly announced Ubisoft game Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.

Avatar and Avatar: The Way of Water are enormous CGI movie spectacles created by director James Cameron. Now Ubisoft is trying its hand at adapting the massive movies to video games. At the Ubisoft Forward showcase, the gaming publisher and developer announced Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, a first-person action-adventure game focused on a tangential continuation of Avatar’s storyline.

What is Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora?

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is an action game set in the aftermath of the first Avatar movie. Your character is a Na’Vi abducted as a child to be trained by the colonialist humans of the RDA. You and others are trained to use human weaponry as a tool against the Na’Vi.

You are put into cryosleep after the Battle of the Hallelujah Mountains and the climax of the first Avatar film. Awaking 15 years afterwards, you are left to reconnect with a very different Pandora and rediscover what it means to live on Pandora in such different times.

The RDA is expanding their operations to the western portions of Pandora, and it’s up to you and the rest of the Na’Vi to stop them.

What gameplay was shown during the showcase depicts a diverse semi-open world action game. From sprinting through the jungle to fighting mechs, all the Avatar staples are there. One of the main features touted by Ubisoft was aerial combat.

In the footage, astride their iconic mounts, the player’s Na’Vi assaults RDA helicopters with ranged weapons. Frontiers of Pandora was previously teased as releasing in 2022, but delays have kept it from seeing the market. Ubisoft seems confident that it will release before the end of 2023.

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