In an unexpected turn of events, Ubisoft has announced a partnership with Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Interactive to create a console and PC game set in James Cameron’s Avatar universe – Pandora.
In development by Ubisoft-owned Swedish-based studio Massive Entertainment (The Division), the currently untitled AAA game will take place on Pandora, Avatars‘ setting and will continue to expand and deepen in the Avatar universe in exciting and innovative ways.
“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,” said David Polfeldt, Managing Director at Massive Entertainment.
“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.”
Titanic and Avatar writer/director James Cameron and Lightstorm decided to enter into a partnership with Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment following a viewing of an early game prototype that Massive had created using its proprietary Snowdrop engine, used in the studio’s development of Tom Clancy’s The Division.
“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.”
Released in 2009, Avatar remains the highest grossing film of all time, with 4 sequels currently scheduled.