The maker of pretty games.
The maker of pretty games.

Ubisoft have announced a partnership with Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Interactive and will be creating new Avatar game for consoles and PC set on Pandora. Massive Entertainment, a Ubisoft studio, is leading the game’s development.

Massive is behind the creation of Tom Clancy’s The Division™, which last spring broke multiple records in the games industry, including the record for the industry’s best-selling new game franchise in an opening week. They are now working on a new AAA-project based on Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time. Four sequels to Avatar are currently in development, and Lightstorm, Fox Interactive and Massive are working together to create a game that, along with the films, will continue to expand and deepen in the Avatar universe in exciting and innovative ways.

From the press release: Cameron and Lightstorm entered this partnership after viewing an early game prototype that the team at Massive created using its proprietary Snowdrop engine. Snowdrop is a tailor-made, custom game engine that enables the creation of ultra-realistic game universes, enhanced by dynamic global illumination, stunning real-time destruction and an incredible amount of detail and visual effects.

Think far Cry: Primal, but with aliens and yet more stunning graphics. Potentially. Hopefully.
Think Far Cry: Primal, but with aliens and yet more stunning graphics. Potentially. Hopefully.

Along with being the engine behind the development of The Division, the Snowdrop engine is also the lead engine on a number of other unannounced Ubisoft projects.

“What impressed me about Massive were the group’s passion for this project and the power of its Snowdrop engine,” said Cameron. “I believe Ubisoft’s team at Massive Entertainment are absolutely the right partners to bring the beauty and danger of Pandora to life.”

As Ubisoft are well known for their ability to craft beautiful looking games, there’s actually a chance we may end up with a decent looking live action movie adaptation in video game form. And the scenery on Pandora was amazing. If the studio is given free reign and the appropriate funding, this could be one hell of a title.

Here’s hoping…

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Flugel Meister

Flugel Meister (Dave) is a longtime video gaming fan, who's love for all things pixelated began way back in 1980, when he ventured onto his brother's Grandstand console before progressing to a Dragon 32 and then a Spectrum 48K. That's right. he's old. When he's not gaming, he can be found swimming in the country's reserves of cheesecake.

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