The announcement of a new Avatar game by Ubisoft back in February kind of was a no-brainer after the announcement of the upcoming film sequels. One thing missing from said announcement, however, was a release date.
Ubisoft has provided more details on when we can expect to return to Pandora in a statement provided to IGN. A Ubisoft representative indicated that they don’t want to release the game too far ahead of the film’s release:
“Avatar is one of the biggest and most powerful entertainment brands. Our first game was profitable and we have great plans for the new one, with a very strong studio and engine. The movie will be released end of 2020, so our game won’t be released before FY21.”
Fiscal year 2021 for Ubisoft ends on March 31st, 2021. This means that the current release window for the game is between April 1st, 2020 and March 31st 2021. The dates fall right in line with the release of Avatar 2 in theaters on December 18th, 2020. Even though the fiscal year starts in April, I can’t see Ubisoft releasing the game that far in advance. If past practice is anything to go on, expect an E3 showing in 2020 with a holiday release date around the same time as the film.
Only a few details are available about the game’s production so far. We know that it will be developed by Massive Entertainment, the division of Ubisoft responsible for both Tom Clancy’s The Division and South Park: The Fractured but Whole. It will also utilize the same Snowdrop engine.
Ubisoft’s Avatar game will release on PC and consoles, with no specific consoles confirmed yet.