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Ubisoft delays ‘Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora’ to 2023… 2024

We hope you weren’t expecting to play Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora before the next movie arrives. Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment have delayed the Avatar game to 2023 or 2024. The developers pinned the setback on “ongoing constraints” affecting game production across the industry. Ubisoft said it was still “committed” to creating a next-gen game and saw James Cameron’s franchise as a “multi-year opportunity.”

Other projects are facing delays or even cancellations. Axios‘ Stephen Totilo noted that Ubisoft has cancelled its battle royale brawler Ghost Recon Frontline and Splinter Cell VR. The company also dropped two unannounced games, and has pushed back a lower-profile “premium” game from a 2022-2023 release window to 2023-2024.

The decisions come as Ubisoft tries to turn around its fortunes. While it did see “better than expected” sales from the Assassin’s Creed series and Rainbow Six Siege in the first quarter, its net bookings dipped 10 percent compared to a year earlier. Ubisoft’s business isn’t booming, and the delays for games like Frontiers of Pandora only increase the pressure to cut costs.

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Sonic Frontiers targets Breath of the Wild fans with late 2022 release

As recent leaks had claimed, Sega is gearing up to release another Sonic the Hedgehog game and it’ll be called Sonic Frontiers. The name refers to the nature of the upcoming title, which will be unlike any past installment in the Sonic universe. Put simply, it sure looks like Sega is hoping to draw in Breath of the Wild fans with its next Sonic game.

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Sonic Frontiers was introduced alongside a teaser trailer at The Game Awards 2021, giving fans their first look at the next installment in the lengthy Sonic the Hedgehog video game series. The upcoming titles will differ from the existing games in one big way, however, by bringing the hedgehogs to their first open-world environment.

Players will be free to explore a vast open world filled with a variety of landscapes, including forests, open fields, waterfalls, deserts, and other regions. In addition to the teaser trailer, Sega has released a handful of screenshots showing the kinds of environments players can expect.

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Sonic will, Sega says, still have his ultra-fast running ability and players will be tasked with battling enemies spread throughout the open-world environment (Starfall Islands). We see a cinematic version of those kinds of battles in the launch trailer, but Sega hasn’t yet shared any gameplay footage.

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Though additional details aren’t yet available — the Holiday 2022 release date aside — it is pretty clear Sega is targeting fans of existing massively popular open-world games like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo raked in tens of millions of sales with its hit Zelda title, with Breath of the Wild proving to be the most popular installment in the game franchise (via Wikipedia).

An open-world environment was one of the rumors that had been circulating since Sega teased a 2022 Sonic game earlier this year. The big question, though, is whether the company can manage to pull off something as excellent as Breath of the Wild. Some early commentary from players points out that while the idea of an open world is great, the actual environment revealed by Sega seems out of place with the cartoon hedgehogs.

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We’ve only seen a few screenshots from this world, so it’s unclear how robust it may be and what kind of buildings it may feature. It is possible that Sega plans to bring the classic landscapes from its side-scrolling titles to the upcoming 3D world, but whether it’ll pull off a style that complements — rather than contrasts — the animated characters is another matter.

Sonic’s modern design history has already been filled with some questionable choices, namely the movie version of the character that somehow managed to reach the promotional stage despite looking like, well, this. Hopefully, Sega took notes amid that design debacle and will be extra careful to give players the kind of world they want, not just cartoon hedgehogs in awkwardly realistic biomes.

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Ubisoft announces Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora for PS5, Xbox Series X, PC

Ubisoft closed out today’s Ubisoft Forward presentation with the announcement of a game few were probably expecting. We’re going to back to James Cameron’s Avatar universe in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, a new game coming to current-gen consoles, PC, and streaming services. Details are still fairly slim, but Ubisoft did divulge a few morsels of information about the game today.

For starters, we learned that Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will be a first-person action adventure game where players step into the role of Na’vi exploring the Western Frontier. Ubisoft points out that this is a never-before-seen stretch of Pandora, so we’ll be exploring parts unknown as we play this game.

“Explore a living and reactive world inhabited by unique creatures and new characters and push back the formidable RDA forces that threaten it,” Ubisoft’s announcement today reads. The announcement trailer, which you can see above, certainly seems to tell a tale of two Pandoras: one with a lush jungle with native flora and fauna, and another that has been taken over by RDA forces and their giant bases.

Sadly, we don’t get to see any gameplay in this trailer, and we might not see that for some time to come. Ubisoft does say that the game is being made with its Snowdrop engine and is the product of a collaboration between Massive Entertainment, Lightstorm Entertainment, and Disney.

One interesting point about Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is that it’s going to be exclusive to current-gen platforms, PC, and streaming services. Ubisoft today confirmed the launch platforms for Frontiers of Pandora as PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Stadia, and Luna, so PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners are going to have to upgrade if they want to partake. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora launches at some point in 2022 – we’ll let you know when more is revealed about the game.

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