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Ubisoft, Massive Entertainment Announce A New Avatar Game

by Matt Bertz on Feb 28, 2017 at 05:02 AM

On the day the final piece of announced DLC is releasing for The Division, developer Massive Entertainment announced an ambitious new project few expected. Today Ubisoft revealed that its Swedish development team is revisiting the Avatar universe with the blessing of 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment.

The 2009 blockbuster film, which was written, directed, and produced by James Cameron, is the highest grossing film of all time. It currently has four cinematic sequels in the works, with the second in the series scheduled to start filming in August for a tentative 2018 release. This is Ubisoft's second Avatar game. The 2009 release on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC was widely panned by critics.

Ubisoft gave very few details about the new project other than to confirm Massive is using its Snowdrop engine to create the world of Pandora and to say it's coming to "consoles and PC." The game title, release window, and type of game will be revealed at a later date. You can watch the announcement trailer here:

As for The Division, Massive online technical director Bjorn Lindberg says the new Avatar project will not interrupt the studio's plans with the Division. He said the Division live team will continue to support the game beyond the last announced DLC pack.