Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment Studio Working on AAA Avatar Game

Ubisoft announced at the Game Developer Conference that they will be making a video game based on James Cameron’s  Avatar’ film universe. Avatar is an epic science fiction film directed, written, produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. The film is set in the mid-22nd century, when humans are colonising Pandora, a lush habitable moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system, in order to mine the mineral unobtanium, a room-temperature superconductor. The expansion of the mining colony threatens the continued existence of a local tribe of Na’vi – a humanoid species indigenous to Pandora. The film’s title refers to a genetically engineered Na’vi body with the mind of a remotely located human that is used to interact with the natives of Pandora. The game will take place on the moon Pandora, the main setting from the James Cameron film.

It will be developed by Ubisoft subset Massive Entertainment who will work closely with the film’s company, Lightstorm Entertainment. They will use the game studio’s custom-built Snowdrop engine that was seen in last year’s fast-selling game, The Division. Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment made its debut with its first studio game, The Division. Ubisoft marked this game as a success and a profit generating even to this day with new DLCs and in-game purchases. 

What impressed me about Massive were the group’s passion for this project and the power of its Snowdrop engine. I believe Ubisoft’s team at Massive Entertainment are absolutely the right partners to bring the beauty and danger of Pandora to life. said ‘Avatar’ creator James Cameron.

Ubisoft has already made one game based on the movie; Ubisoft Montreal released James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game in 2009. Avatar was a movie that made nearly $3 billion at the box-office and then vanished from our pop-culture existence without leaving so much as a fingerprint to remember it by. All the news we got after the first movie was that James Cameron was working on 3 other sequels at the same time, but nothing more. Ubisoft remembers, though, because it still has the license to make games, and making new Avatar games is exactly what it’s doing.

About The Division

Tom Clancy’s The Division is an online-only open world third-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Massive and published by Ubisoft, with assistance from Red Storm Entertainment, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was announced during Ubisoft’s E3 2013 press conference and was released worldwide on 8 March 2016. The Division is set in a near-future New York City in the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic; the player, who is an agent of the eponymous Strategic Homeland Division, commonly referred to as simply “The Division”, is tasked with helping the group rebuild its operations in Manhattan, investigate the nature of the outbreak, and combating criminal activity in its wake. The Division is structured with elements of role-playing games, as well as collaborative and player versus player online multiplayer.

The game received positive reviews, and was a commercial success, with Ubisoft stating that the game broke the company’s record for highest number of first-day sales. Furthermore, one week after the game’s release, Ubisoft stated that The Division was the company’s best-selling game, and the industry’s biggest first-week launch for a new game franchise, which generated an estimated amount of $330 million globally.

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