Back in 2017, Ubisoft’s studio Massive Entertainment was in the midst of trying to keep their blockbuster title “The Division” alive, after the game received tremendous blowback from the player community. The critics surrounding the game were massive (cheap pun intended) and yet despite all this, they announced a new IPO placed in James Cameron’s Avatar universe. The newly announced game had no title yet and was simply named “The Avatar Project“. However, the news quickly fell off the radar as Ubisoft and Massive never mentioned it again and instead focussed on repairing The Division, while also working on The Division 2.
Fast forward to December 2019. The movie Avatar, released in 2009, was an immensely popular flick that raked in over 2 billion US$ in revenue. It was supposed to receive numerous sequels, all of which have been postponed over and over again. But now it seems, James Cameron is in full swing working on Avatar 2, set to release in 2021. The production studio has been tweeting progress here and there, and in one of the recent tweets, someone asked what happened to the Avatar game. The response: It is still being worked on.
The Avatar Game
The tweet seems to confirm that Massive Entertainment is in fact still working on the title. The project is a collaborative effort with other studios, namely Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Interactive. Details about the game are still very scarce. What we do know is that it’s going to use Massive’s Snowdrop engine, the same engine powering The Division and Division 2. The project website is still up and running, but hasn’t changed much since the announcement back in 2017. There are some job listings on the site, another indicator that Ubisoft and Massive are ramping up production. However, one of the open positions is for a Lead Game Designer, so we could still be at the very early stages of development.
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