The movie game for James Cameron's Avatar was one of the most unexpected announcements at E3 this year. The 2009 film was one of the highest grossing of all time, but the general public feels remembered. show of this, but not necessarily the plot details. The CGI was spectacular, watching it in 3D was new and the main character was called … Jake, I guess?
The next game, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, completely ignores this problem. In an interview with VentureBeat, Luigi Priore, vice president of Disney and Pixar Games, explains his approach.
"[T] Here was a time of 15 or 20 years when playing the movie was a thing. You bought the game and played the movie. Things like the classic gameplay. Aladdin from Sega Genesis You played the movie This was popular at the time, but players expect more now They want to interact with their favorite worlds and characters, but they want to play new stories and do new things with these characters and worlds ".
Instead of stepping back into the forgotten realm, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will explore the "amazing world of science fiction" built on the original Avatar that Priore describes as "a great playground to play." In my opinion, it’s a weird approach, certainly weird, as if they didn’t exist to be more than likeable or cute.
"The whole idea is to be part of the plot of this giant Pandora franchise, but it's not a 'play the movie' game. It's a new open world, new characters," Priore continues. "That's why it's called Pandora's Borders. It takes place on another border, another area of the Pandora's moon."
There is a certain skepticism understandable by critics about the game's title: the story of the original film focuses on colonialism, so inviting players to explore a new "frontier" of Pandora is, as at least, a loaded language. We'll have to wait and see what happens, however, as the canonical universe of Avatar will be extended not only for this game, but for three more films, the next, Avatar 2, which will be released next year , along with Pandora's Borders.
You can read the full interview on VentureBeat for more information on the focus of Disney games, including Star Wars, and the new Sea of Thieves expansion.