A few days ago Ubisoft announced that they would be entering a partnership with Lightstorm Entertainment, James Cameron’s production company, and Fox Interactive. Ubisoft Studio Massive Entertainment will be using this partnership to create a game based on the world of Avatar, Pandora. This game will not be based on the first movie like the previous Avatar game was but instead will serve to expand upon the Avatar universe with the release of the next four movies.
The partnership developed after Massive, who has most recently worked on The Division, showed Cameron and Lightstorm a prototype that they had created using their Snowdrop engine. This is the same engine that was used in The Division and is also being used in other Ubisoft projects. After seeing this prototype Cameron said the following:
What impressed me about Massive were the group’s passion for this project and the power of its Snowdrop engine. I believe Ubisoft’s team at Massive Entertainment are absolutely the right partners to bring the beauty and danger of Pandora to life.
When talking of his own passion for the project and the thought process behind the development of this prototype and this partnership the Managing Director at Massive Entertainment, David Polfeldt responded
James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment changed the way we think about immersive storytelling with the first Avatar. 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.
At the moment no further information aside from the fact that the games will be released on both PC and console has been announced. Massive is also currently in the process of a recruitment drive and if you have the skills and want to get on this partnership then you can visit their careers page.
What do you think of this partnership? Would you like to see a game exploring Pandora? Are you excited for the next four Avatar movies? Share your thoughts in the comments below!