A Preview of Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
This week we will be journeying deep into the exciting open world of the Pandoran biosphere. Travel to the lush moon of Pandora and defend your home against the human invaders in this upcoming first-person, action adventure game. Based on James Cameron’s Avatar movie franchise (2009-ongoing), take control of a Na’vi orphan, trained and held captive by the invaders, reconnect with your lost heritage, and join other Na’vi and fight to protect Pandora from the RDA. Sounds fun? Read on to find out all you need to know about Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
Release date and platforms
First, let’s answer a few questions that you might have about Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. When is Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora coming out? The Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora release date is scheduled for December 7, 2023. Will Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora be cross platform? Yes, the game will be available on Windows, Playstation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Amazon Luna.
Who’s behind Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora?
As we mentioned above, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is based on the Avatar epic science fiction film franchise. The game is developed by Massive Entertainment, Malmö, Sweden-based studio of the game’s publishers, Ubisoft. Massive Entertainment titles include Tom Clancy’s The Division, as well as the upcoming Star Wars Outlaws. Ubisoft is best known for its award winning open-word, action-adventure franchise Assassin’s Creed.
What’s the story?
For those of you unfamiliar with the Avatar movies, here’s a quick overview (without spoilers) to set the scene. By the mid-22nd century, the earth is dying. In order to survive, humans are exploring and colonizing various planets. Among these planets is the home of the Na’vi, Pandora. A lush, biodiverse moon, Pandora is covered in dense, bioluminescent jungles, and teeming with life. The flora and fauna of Pandora are linked by a neural network, which maintains environmental harmony.
Harmonious until the humans arrive! The unspoiled forests of Pandora are pillaged by humanity, as the Resources Development Administration (RDA) mines the precious mineral unobtanium, and destroys anything or anyone that stands in their way. Humans cannot breathe the air on Pandora, so they use Na’vi-human hybrids (avatars) to exploit the natural resources.
In Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora you are Sarentu, and your mission is to protect Pandora by becoming Na’vi. How did we get here? After being abducted as a child by the RDA, you were trained as a soldier, before being put into emergency cryosleep when they abandoned their base. Fifteen years later, you awaken and must reconnect with your world and your people, and learn the ways of the Na’vi. It’s not long until the RDA returns, determined to strip Pandora of its natural resources, destroying the land in its wake. To save your planet, you must fight alongside the Na’vi to protect Pandora against the human invaders!
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Gameplay
The immersive, open world experience of this first-person, action adventure promises Avatar fans, and action adventure aficionados a real treat. Explore Pandora and interact with the flora and fauna of the jungle, as you engage in story quests and outpost clearing missions. In addition to the lush Kinglor Forest and its floating mountains, players will explore the Upper Plains, wide open grasslands with lakes and mammoth like Zakrus. Later heading west, the Clouded Forest is shrouded in mist and mystery, the home of the Kame'tire tribe.
The stunning graphics in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora follow the innovative spirit of the Avatar film franchise. Pandora’s immersive, varied environments come to life as the player progresses through the game, with the flora and fauna changing due to the player’s presence. The bioluminescent plant life from the Avatar movie has been seamlessly transposed into the gaming landscape of Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. From the floating islands in the sky to the forests below, raytracing, adaptive triggers and haptic feedback all contribute to the immersive experience.
Exploration is a key part of this game, as when you begin, your character is as clueless of the Na’vi environment as you are. You’ll need to learn the skills needed to survive the beautiful, yet unpredictable environment of the vast Western Frontier and its unique biomes.
Fortunately, the Aranahe, a peace-loving clan of weavers, will teach you to hunt and help you connect with your Ikran, or Banshee. This flying beast, once named, tamed, fed and customized, will help you traverse the vast open world of Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. Banshees and other creatures including Direhorses can be harnessed in Pandora’s various subregions.
As a child of both the human and Na’vi worlds, you have access to the combat styles of both, and you must use them effectively to take on the RDA, and stop them ruining Pandora. Destroy RDA facilities and heal Pandora. Harness the destructive power of human weapons including assault rifles, shotguns, and occasional rocket launchers. Employ Na’vi bows, spears and sling staffs to slay the human invaders with precision, as well as hunt effectively. For more information on the captivating combat in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, have a read of this interview with the developers.
Your Na’vi senses and abilities provide you with an edge over the humans: your instincts give you an overview of the battlefield, identifying weak points in the RDA and marking your enemies. Faster and stronger than humans, you’ll also be able to learn a variety of jumps and techniques to scale vertical surfaces.
As your land heals, harvest the fruits of your labor to craft superior equipment and weapons. Hunting also provides meat, which can be cooked and consumed to improve your health. You can also scavenge from RDA bases, and all of your resources can be given to the Na’vi clans to increase your reputation.
Your gear improves as you complete tasks, and your character’s skill tree has sections for combat, crafting, hunting, as well as bonding with your banshee and other creatures. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora can be played in single-player mode, or online in two-player co-op. Become Na’vi, protect Pandora in the exciting open world of the Western Frontier.
We hope that you have enjoyed this introduction to Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. Remember, the release date is December 7th for Windows, Playstation 5, and Xbox Series X/S. Be sure to check out Acer’s Game Pass for all of your favorite games past, present and future.
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Edmund is an English copywriter based in New Taipei City, Taiwan. He is a widely published writer and translator with two decades of experience in the field of bridging linguistic and cultural gaps between Chinese and English.