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Ubisoft taps The Division team to make a new AAA Avatar game

by Ron Duwell | March 1, 2017March 1, 2017 2:00 pm PDT

Hey, everyone! Remember Avatar? It was that movie that made nearly $3 billion at the box-office and then vanished from our pop-culture lexicon without leaving so much as a fingerprint to remember it by. Ubisoft remembers, though, because it still has the license to make games, and making new Avatar games is exactly what it’s doing.

The new game will be created by the team who brought us The Division, Massive Entertainment. Teaming up with Cameron’s Lightstorm company and Fox, the many companies involve produced an announcement video that shows very little outside of a group of men who are excited to make the game.

Oh, Ubisoft… Will we ever get these reveal trailers right?

In all fairness,  it sounds like everyone involved wants to create a much more open game than the last time Ubisoft put out an Avatar game. Even Cameron sounds pleased, but this was also the guy to praised Terminator: Genisys.

With the power of Massive’s Snowdrop game engine, and with the team’s passion and obsessive focus on detail, we know they’re the right group to bring the beauty and danger of Pandora to life.

Wait, Ubisoft made an Avatar game before?

Indeed it did, just as the movie was leaving the theaters and nerds around the world, myself definitely included, were not ready to be parted from the glorious world of Pandora. They bought the game in hopes that it would deliver the same feeling, but alas… it felt like a horribly generic action game from a time when licensed movie games were finally losing prevalence.

This one stung a bit more because not only was the movie really fun, it was also developed by Ubisoft Montreal hot off of its success with Assassin’s Creed II. The studio was peaking at the time as one of Ubisoft’s most dependable branches, but meh… didn’t hold out for Avatar.

Hopefully, this new one gets it right and Ubisoft properly taps into the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to make something truly memorable. Otherwise… I’m not ready to relive the days of movie tie-ins just yet.

Eurogamer

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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