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Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora trailer, story, gameplay, and everything we know

Everything you need to know ahead of Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora's release

A Na'vi elder looks at the camera and smiles in a village in Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora.
Image credit: Ubisoft

What is Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora, and when is it coming out? It's a big time for Avatar fans, with the recent release of Avatar: The Way Of Water predictably having surpassed $2 billion worldwide at the box office, and the opportunity to jump into the jawdroppingly beautiful (and deadly) world of Pandora for ourselves seemingly just around the corner.

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora is an open-world first-person adventure game being developed by Ubisoft's own Massive Entertainment, and from what admittedly little we've seen of the game so far, there's still a lot of reason to be excited.

Below we'll walk you through absolutely everything we know about Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora, from its expected release date and platforms to trailers, story and gameplay info, engine details, and more.

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Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora expected release date

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora does not yet have a release date, although it is currently expected sometime between April 2023 and March 2024, according to Ubisoft's latest earnings report. It was originally intended to release alongside Avatar: The Way Of Water in 2022, but since the game's reveal during E3 2021, Ubisoft have not seemed to be in any hurry to put a solid release date on the game.

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora platforms

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora will be available on PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Amazon Luna. Those expecting to play the game on last-gen hardware are going to be disappointed, because developers Massive Entertainment have said from the start that the game is "developed exclusively for the new generation of consoles and PC".

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora trailer

Below is the First Look Trailer for Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora, released by Ubisoft back in June 2021 during E3.

Cover image for YouTube videoAvatar: Frontiers of Pandora – First Look Trailer

The trailer shows off lots of first and third person looks at some gorgeous Pandoran vistas, and more than a few familiar sights, from the flying Ikran to the panther-like Thanators and Direhorses. We also see glimpses of the human RDA forces threatening the native Na'vi.

Is James Cameron involved in Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora?

Massive Entertainment collaborated with Lightstorm, James Cameron's company, during development of Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora. Massive's creative director Magnus Jansen has said that they want to "push the envelope of technology" with the game, in much the same way as the Avatar films did within the film industry.

James Cameron himself is not directly involved with Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora. In an interview with IGN, the Avatar director cleared things up with the following:

We're very excited about what Ubisoft is doing with their game authoring. I don't tell them what to do - they know their world, their business, their market. We just keep a close eye that they don't do anything that's not canonical in terms of Na'vi culture and what the RDA is doing on Pandora and all that sort of thing.

Is Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora canon?

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora has been confirmed as movie canon. According to Jon Landau, co-producer of Avatar: The Way Of Water, they want every story in the Avatar universe to be canon, Frontiers Of Pandora included.

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora story

A Na'vi warrior befriending a banshee - a green flying lizard pal - in a screenshot from the Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora game

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora is set during the events of Avatar: The Way Of Water, but is set along the western frontier of Pandora - an entirely new area of Pandora hitherto unseen in the films.

The western frontier setting gives the devs the chance to introduce brand new creatures and characters, but the human-run RDA are still the main threat inpinging on the Na'vi living there.

We don't know whether familiar faces such as Jake and Neytiri will make a return in the game, but we do know that the playable character will be a new Na'vi. The other tidbit of information we have so far is that General Ardmore - senior to Colonel Quaritch, main antagonist of the first Avatar film - will be referenced in Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora in some way.

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora gameplay

We haven't yet seen much actual gameplay of Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora, although Massive have described the game as a first-person action adventure set in an "immersive, open world" - something of a speciality for Ubisoft.

The First Look trailer shows off several segments of mounted combat and traversal, which suggests that players may be able to ride Direhorses, Ikran, and other beasts to quickly cross large distances in the open world of Pandora.

The world will be full of NPCs who can perform various different actions in the world rather than just staying still and awaiting interaction from the player. According to Lead Narrative Realization Designer Alice Rendell, "our NPCs understand the state of the world - for example, weather, player progression, or time of day".

Cover image for YouTube videoAvatar: Frontiers of Pandora – Snowdrop Tech Showcase

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora engine

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora is being developed in Ubisoft's own Snowdrop engine. This same engine has been used to create Tom Clancy's The Division 2, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope.

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora multiplayer

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora will be an offline singleplayer game. Currently there has been no indication that a multiplayer mode will ever be added either pre- or post-release, so don't expect to be able to jump into Pandora with your Na'vi-fied friends anytime soon.

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora developers

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora is being developed by Massive Entertainment, an Ubisoft studio. Previously, Massive Entertainment developed Tom Clancy's The Division and The Division 2, as well as Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, and World In Conflict.

Massive Entertainment are also currently developing an as-yet untitled Star Wars game alongside their work on Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora.

That's just about everything we know so far about the upcoming Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora open-world adventure game by Ubisoft Massive. Keep checking back to learn more about this 2023 title.

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