Ubisoft’s big announcement from the Ubisoft Forward 2021 conference was Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, a first-person action-adventure game set in the Avatar film franchise, and releasing next year.
In Frontiers of Pandora, you play as a Na’vi, the race of 10-ft tall, blue, cat-like natives of Pandora. It’s an original story that takes place in the Western Frontier, which wasn’t seen in the first film. The Na’vi are capable of physically and emotionally bonding with the alien animals around them.
But the human-colonizing Resources Development Administration is also on Pandora, and they’ve brought mechs, guns, and gunships to take control of the planet. In the trailer, the Na’vi are attacked from above with gunships, but the Na’vi are able to call their banshees, the flying, pterodactyl-like mounts seen in the film, and mount a counterattack using their powerful bows.
Avatar, released in 2009, remains the highest-grossing film of all time (thanks to a recent 2021 re-release after Avengers: Endgame dethroned it in 2019). It takes place on an alien planet being aggressively mined by humans, and includes a scientific program to allow humans to embody lab-grown Na’vi bodies.
The Avatar sequels have been in development for years, with director James Cameron producing no fewer than four sequels. The first two are scheduled to release over the next two years.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will release in 2022 on PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Stadia.