With Avatar: The Way of Water proving James Cameron’s franchise certainly still has legs, Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment’s Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is sure to be a big deal when it arrives. That said, we still don’t know much about the game, with a brief trailer representing just how much Ubisoft has shown publicly. Well, now we may know more, courtesy of the job posting and some new rumors.
Ubisoft recently published a job advertisement for a Monetization Specialist, which makes it clear that the successful candidate will continue to work at Massive Entertainment after an internship. Once on Massive, the new hire will work with the Game Economy Designers to develop monetization strategies, help set up Primary and Secondary Stores, and work with the UX team to make sure everything is fully integrated into the game. Well, this is a Ubisoft game, so it’s not much of a shock, but it does look like Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is getting the full monetization sweep.
Meanwhile, a new leaker has surfaced via Reddit handle Eht Hctins with some gameplay details for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. This guy doesn’t have a lot of history, so you definitely have to take what he says with a grain of salt, but the details are interesting to consider nonetheless.
Our leaksters’ impressions are generally positive, emphasizing the game’s shooter mechanics and sharing that you’ll be able to tame many creatures on Pandora. Ultimately, the most interesting thing is that Massive may well rethink Ubisoft’s now-no-nonsense approach to open-world design. Instead of populating the map with thematic markers, quests will give players a general area that they need to visit where they will have to figure out what to do. The map is also said to change as the game progresses and the dynamic weather system will force players to adapt strategies at times (fly mounts cannot be used in a storm, for example).
Again, a grain of salt! However, if this is the real deal, looks like Massive and Ubisoft could be walking forward outside of their comfort zone, that can only be a good thing.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is set to launch on PC, Xbox Series X/S, PS5, and Luna sometime in 2023 or 2024.