Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora – Release date, gameplay, setting, multiplayer, more

Aakash Regmi
Na'vi flying a banshee in Avatar Frontiers of Pandora

After multiple billion-dollar theatrical runs a video game tie-in to Avatar, with Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, is in work by Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment. It is just as dazzling with vibrant colors, so here’s all we know about Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, including release date, story, gameplay, and more.

James Cameron’s world of Pandora always seemed a quintessential setting for an open-world game. And finally, we’re getting a faithful and beautiful interpretation of the alien paradise with Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. 

This isn’t the first-ever Avatar game adaptation as Ubisoft also made one around the same time as the first film in 2009. Neither critics nor players were particularly flattered by the adaptation, but given this generation’s remarkable technological capabilities with games like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Horizon: Forbidden West (Burning Shores), this seems a perfect time for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. 

So, here’s all we know about Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, including release date, story, gameplay, and more.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora release date

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will release on December 7, 2023. The game was first announced back in 2017, with a snippet of gameplay shared later on E3 2021. Although at E3 Ubisoft shared it’ll release in 2022, a delay has Avatar now dropping in 2023.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora platforms

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Amazon Luna. It is skipping last-gen as Ubisoft says the game was built to harness the power of current-gen consoles.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora story and setting

Mech in Avatar Frontiers of Pandora
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will feature a living and “reactive” open world.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora shares the same universe as its movie counterpart, but it takes place in Pandora’s western frontiers, which Ubisoft says is never-before-seen in other Avatar transmedia. The story, however, is what you’ll generally expect from an Avatar narrative—repel those greedy humans that have their eye on Pandora. 

One way the game deviates from films is that you play as an actual Na’vi instead of a human masquerading as Na’vi. During the events of the game, several Na’vi children, including you, are abducted by humans to be taught ways of warfare and pit them against their own kind. Fortunately, the plan was halted after the Battle of the Hallelujah Mountains

Humans, as ruthless as ever, decided to kill you with other abducted Na’vi following the battle but you were saved after someone heroically decided to put you into a cryosleep. Fifteen years later, you are awakened from your long slumber, and now you’ve got to gain the trust of your own people, discover what it means to be a Na’vi, and, of course, fight against the humans who are back again to get a slice of your habitat.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora gameplay

While Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora draws heavily from James Cameron’s movies, the gameplay leans towards a typical Ubisoft open-world fare. It has its own unique beats, but in essence, it is Far Cry on Pandora, as it is an open-world FPS game.

You gather resources, tame animals, fly with the Banshee, and clear outposts by either being sneaky or letting the world go boom. You’re also, sort of, part of a resistance group pitted against an autocratic force (Viva la revolución!).

There are clans in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, and each are strikingly distinct from the other in both philosophy and general style. It is likely you’ll come across each of them if you’re to win the trust of all your people. They’re separated by different biomes; some live in lush jungles and some in grim-looking eerie plains. This makes the world of Pandora more diverse with each area having different animals to hunt and tame, as well as many secrets to explore.

Na'vi wielding a bow in Avatar Frontiers of Pandora
Crafting and hunting will be important in Avatar: Frontier of Pandora

One thing that Ubisoft pointed out in their overview video that is rather unique is when you liberate an outpost, the area will heal and nature will burst into life with all the pollution gone. It is unclear what gameplay significance it has, but it does look nice. 

There are skill trees as well, and you can upgrade by connecting your Eywa to the Tarsyu plant. These skills are unique and not only help you be better at combat but also unlock new traversing possibilities; you can jump on mushrooms.  

Multiplayer details of Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

While Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora does not have traditional multiplayer, it does have co-op support with up to two players. Finer details regarding co-op progression and matchmaking are still up in the air, but it’s likely to be seamless and support cross-play.

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