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Ubisoft’s free-to-play ‘Roller Champions’ heads to PC and consoles on May 25th

After it first unveiled the game at E3 2019, Ubisoft will finally release Roller Champions on May 25th, the publisher . The free-to-play title will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – as well as Xbox Series X/S and PS5 through backward compatibility – to start, with availability on Nintendo Switch, Stadia and Amazon Luna to follow later. Roller Champions supports both cross-platform play and progression, so you can not only group up with your friends no matter where they download the game, but your progress will also carry over between systems.

Roller Champions pits you and two other players against a competing team of three in a variation on classic roller derby. Going into each match, your goal is to be the first team to score five points. You earn a single point or more by skating around an oval track and maintaining control of a ball before taking a shot at the goal. Complicating things is the fact that the players on the opposing team can tackle you to take possession of the ball. Each match lasts about seven minutes, and there’s an external progression system where you can earn gear for your in-game avatar. Ubisoft will sell premium passes players can complete to earn cosmetics that aren’t available through the game’s item shop.

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Ubisoft’s Avatar game will arrive in 2022

Ubisoft’s Avatar game is finally starting to take shape. The game publisher has revealed that Massive Entertainment’s newly-named Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Luna and Stadia sometime in 2022. Yes, that’s right — unlike some of Ubi’s other recent games, there won’t be versions for last-gen consoles.

There isn’t much to say about the plot of the first-person action game at this point, but you’ll play as a Na’vi traveling across the “never-before-seen” Western Frontier of Pandora. Not surprisingly, you’ll have to deal with both the planet’s wildlife as well as the human RDA forces determined to exploit the world for all it’s worth. The Avatar title will take advantage of the newest version of Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine, and it’s clear that will involve a lot of visual detail befitting James Cameron’s CG world.

The timing will be convenient. Cameron’s repeatedly delayed Avatar sequels should arrive starting December 16th, 2022. The game will no doubt be part of the hype campaign for that movie release. Still, it should be interesting to see how well the eco-conscious sci-fi franchise translates to a video game.

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