Avatar: Pandora’s Limits is currently in development at Ubisoft. We’ve known about it for some time, although we still haven’t seen the full reveal of the game. The gameplay, storyline, and open world are still a bit of a mystery.
Running on the latest iteration of Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine for the latest consoles, we expect this to be a showcase of what the Xbox Series X|S and PS5 are capable of. From what we’ve seen so far, the development team puts a lot of emphasis on Pandora’s open world, filling it with NPCs and a dynamic weather system.
We haven’t heard much about Avatar: Pandora’s Limits recently, possibly due to a reshuffle at Ubisoft due to the cancellation of several games. Hopefully, with the game set to release next year, we’ll hear more sooner rather than later. Here’s everything we know about the game so far, including all the latest news.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora: get to the point
- What is this? A game set in the world of James Cameron’s Avatar films
- When can I play it? Sometime between April 2023 and March 2024
- What can I play it on? PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC and Amazon Luna
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora release date and platforms
Avatar: Pandora’s Limits will be released in fiscal year 2023-2024 for PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC and Amazon Luna. This means that at some point between April 2023 and March 2024.
Pandora’s limits was officially revealed during the Ubisoft Forward presentation at E3 2021. We were a bit surprised by this, but we’re still waiting for Ubisoft to narrow down the release window. We know (via GameSpot (opens in a new tab)) that the game was previously pushed back to Ubisoft’s fiscal year starting April 2022 in response to the delay Avatar: The Way of Waterwhich was eventually released in December 2022.
Frontiers of Pandora, while originally scheduled to launch in 2022, is on track for a fiscal year 2023-2024 release, despite Ubisoft revealing (opens in a new tab) in January 2023 that he had turned down three unannounced projects and further delayed his upcoming pirate adventure Skull and bones due to poor releases in late 2022.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora trailers
Ubisoft has shared a tech demo for Avatar: Pandora’s Limits and while it doesn’t show any new gameplay footage, it does give a little insight into what the team wants to do with the new iteration of the Snowdrop engine.
We’ve posted some key trailers Avatar: Pandora’s Limits throughout this article. To see every game trailer released so far, visit the site The official Ubisoft YouTube channel.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora story and setting
Details Pandora’s limits are a bit light at the moment, but we managed to glean some potential snippets from the reveal trailer and Ubisoft website.
The official page (opens in a new tab) as the game describes it as a “first-person action adventure” set in an “immersive, open world”. The description also states that the game will take players on a “standalone story” where they “play as Na’vi and embark on a journey across the western border, a never-before-seen part of Pandora.”
The first trailer gives us a brief look at this first-person perspective. We also see a Na’vi riding a mount – which doesn’t quite look like a Direhorse – suggesting we’ll be let’s hope we’ll be able to engage in mounted combat, or at least we’ll be able to traverse Pandora on (sort of) a horse.
The world also seems to be inhabited by creatures we both saw – and didn’t see – in the film, so expect some surprises. There also seems to be some kind of center where the Na’vi can congregate. Hopefully this can mean playing online – we also hope we can customize our Na’vi.
From the trailer, it also looks like the native Pandora Na’vi will face off against the RDA, as in the movie, who threaten to destroy their world and have considerable weaponized technology at their disposal. This trailer shows RDA helicopters on a warpath trying to destroy the Na’vi. Na’vi jumps on the Great Leonopteryx, firing arrows at the helicopter before the final explosive-immobilized arrow hits the vehicle, which then bursts into flames.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora news
James Cameron shares his thoughts on Frontiers of Pandora
James Cameron revealed his thoughts on Ubisoft’s upcoming game during IGN (opens in a new tab) interview in 2022. Confirming that he was approaching hands-free, he explained:
“We are very excited about what Ubisoft is doing with their game development. I don’t tell them what to do – they know their world, their business, their market. We’re just watching closely to see if they’re doing anything that’s not canonical as far as Na’vi culture and what RDA is doing on Pandora and stuff like that.”
Years of post-launch content
Ubisoft plans a long life Avatar: Pandora’s Limits it seems when it will be released later this year. In an interview about Q2 2022 results (via Tweak Town (opens in a new tab)), Ubisoft’s CFO Frederick Duguet said, “Avatar Frontiers of Pandora is next to the long-awaited movie, a great game. The work is progressing well and the beautiful world is provided by the Snowdrop engine. It’s going to be a very long game in terms of content delivered over many years.”
NPCs will “understand the state of the world”
IN video showcasing the technology behind the game, the Avatar development team discussed how the game’s NPCs would behave and react more realistically to the game world. In the video, lead narrative execution designer Alice Rendell said that “the different things NPCs can do in the world and the different animations they have can make the world feel really alive.” As a result, according to Rendell, the team “wanted to go one step further and created a system where our NPCs understand the state of the world – such as the weather, player progress, or time of day.”
Even plant life will respond in some way, with Senior Technical Artist Kunal Luthra explaining that “the advantage of Snowdrop is that it handles quite complex shaders.” “To bring Pandora’s vegetation to life, we’ve created a number of interactive shaders that the player can influence, from real-time wind simulation and interaction to intelligent plants that respond to your presence,” explained Luthra.