July 24, 2007 - Ubisoft has announced it will develop and publish a videogame tie-in to James Cameron's upcoming sci-fi epic film Avatar. This will be Cameron's first feature film since 1997's Titanic.
Avatar follows the tale of an ex-Marine in an awkward situation -- he is a human mind in an alien body. The film has been 10 years in the making and reunites Cameron with Sigourney Weaver, the star of Aliens. WETA Digital, the effects studio who provided the visuals for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, are bringing the world of Avatar to life in 3D.
Ubisoft is sure the world Cameron is creating in the film will make for great videogame fodder.
"Avatar's rich scenario, onscreen action and special effects will provide a wealth of inspiration to create a unique interactive experience," said Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft. "True to their reputation, Ubisoft's creative teams are looking forward to recreating Cameron's high definition 3D environment in a compelling game for film and game fans."
"For the movie Avatar we are creating a world rich in character, detail, conflict and cultural depth," said Cameron. "It has the raw material for a game that the more demanding gamers of today will want to get their hands on -- one that is rich in visuals and ideas, and challenging in play. I told the Ubisoft team I wanted them to be free to do their very best work, and not think of this as a movie-based game. They responded with a fully realized presentation which captured the soul of the world and the characters, while promising to be a knockout game on its own terms. Their passion inspired my confidence that they are going to do something transcendental."
The film and game of Avatar are scheduled to be released in May 2009. Ubisoft has not announced which systems will be the game's home planets.