New Avatar Game Coming From The Division Dev, Described As "Cutting-Edge"

Ubisoft Massive is working on another video game based on the James Cameron sci-fi movie franchise.

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Ubisoft and James Cameron teamed up for an Avatar game that was a prequel to the director's 2009 sci-fi action movie. Now, Ubisoft is again working on another game based on the series. The new Avatar game is in development at The Division studio Ubisoft Massive; the game will run on that developer's proprietary engine, Snowdrop.

The new and untitled Avatar game is coming to unspecified consoles and PC; it is described as being "cutting-edge," though no details were provided about this. A teaser video has been released, featuring commentary from people at Ubisoft Massive and Cameron himself. Note that everything you see in the movie is from 2009's Avatar, not the new game; no gameplay footage has been released.

Little is known about the new Avatar title, apart from the fact that it is set on Pandora from the movie series. Four sequels are in the pipeline, and Ubisoft said it is working alongside Cameron's film company, Lightstorm Entertainment, and Fox Interactive on a game that will "continue to expand and deepen in the Avatar universe in exciting and innovative ways along with the films."

"James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment changed the way we think about immersive storytelling with the first Avatar, and the ambition that they have for the forthcoming films and this game is really inspiring," Ubisoft Massive managing director David Polfeldt said in a statement. "It's a privilege to work with them and we're honored that they've entrusted us to create an experience worthy of the Avatar name."

Ubisoft pitched this Avatar game to Cameron and Lightstorm with an "early game prototype," though there was no mention of what this prototype contained. Whatever the case, Cameron sounds excited.

"What impressed me about Massive were the group's passion for this project and the power of its Snowdrop engine," the director said in a statement. "I believe Ubisoft's team at Massive Entertainment are absolutely the right partners to bring the beauty and danger of Pandora to life."

Ubisoft did not say when it's expecting to launch the new Avatar game. Incredibly, all four are being filmed at the same time, apparently, with production set to get underway this year.

We will report back with more details on Ubisoft Massive's Avatar game as it's announced.

2009's Avatar is the highest-grossing movie ever, making $2.78 billion at the global box office, according to Box Office Mojo.

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