Everything we know about Avatar Frontiers of Pandora: Trailers, platforms & setting

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Avatar Frontiers of Pandora is an upcoming open-world game based on James Cameron’s 2009 film and its sequels. Here’s everything we know about this exciting new chapter in the Avatar franchise, from trailers through to platforms, setting, and gameplay details.

It’s hard to believe that the original Avatar film is now well over a decade old, but director James Cameron has been teasing a round of sequels since it was released. The first of these just made waves at the box office with the record-breaking follow-up: The Way of the Water. However, the following trip to the Moon of Pandora will likely be in video game form, as ‘Avatar Frontiers of Pandora’ is set to be released in the near future.

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The game has been described as an open-world adventure and a stand-alone story set in the Avatar universe. Like the original movie, the plot involves the native Na’vi defending their natural habitat against greedy humans who are looking to pillage their sacred sites for profit. Here’s everything we know about Avatar Frontiers of Pandora.


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A member of the Na’vi race from the game.

Is there an Avatar Frontiers of Pandora release date?

There’s no concrete release date for the next Avatar game just yet. Initially, Ubisoft penciled in a late 2022 release though that was soon scrapped.

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Through the company’s Q1 2022-23 earnings report, we learned the Avatar project had been pushed back. The game is now set to release sometime in 2023.

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The first-person title looks set to have some stunning vistas.

Given the very same studio working on this expansive Avatar game is also developing an open-world Star Wars project simultaneously, it’s safe to assume development will take a good while.

Avatar Frontier of Pandora platforms

Avatar Frontiers of Pandora will release on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Microsoft Windows. There’s been no word on a Nintendo Switch release or any support for previous-gen hardware.

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Avatar Frontiers of Pandora trailer

The first trailer revealed gave us a glimpse into the beautiful world of Pandora, showing lots of dense jungle, just like in the first movie. Check out the original announcement trailer below:

There were snippets of gameplay scattered throughout the trailer, and some of it was even from a first-person perspective, too. Ubisoft is known for its expansive open worlds, so it will be fun to see if Avatar Frontiers of Pandora borrows from the Far Cry or Assassin’s Creed series in any way.

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Avatar Frontiers of Pandora gameplay details

The game sees players taking control of a member of the Na’vi race as they embark on a quest to defend an unseen region of Pandora from new invaders. It’s unknown when the game is set, but our guess is sometime between the first and second movie, with humans returning to Pandora to continue to pillage its resources.

Exactly where we’ll defend the land, however, remains a mystery. What we do know for certain is that players will be venturing to a “brand new part of Pandora” not showcased in the films. In realizing this new area, Ubisoft has been “creating the tools needed to push the envelope of technology,” Creative Director Magnus Jansén told GamesRadar+.

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The open world of Pandora looks incredibly lush and vibrant.

We’re also unsure if the playable character will be a genuine Na’vi, or an Avatar clone developed by humans like in the first movie.

Avatar (2009) was mostly set on that moon’s forests, so it will be interesting to see what this new region will be, and how it informs the gameplay. This may also explain why the game has the word “Frontiers” in the title.

So, there you have it – that’s everything we currently know about Avatar Frontiers of Pandora.

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