Ubisoft has offered a first look at their new Avatar game and it has some of the best graphics yet seen on the Xbox Series X and PS5.
Although it was technically part of the Summer Game Fest, the 2021 Ubisoft Forward event was the first proper E3-esque showcase of the year and it was… a bit underwhelming really.
Given the limitations imposed by the pandemic that may be the fate of all the conferences this year but Ubisoft did end with at least one unexpected surprise: a first look at their new Avatar game, Frontiers Of Pandora.
It was introduced in a very bizarre way though, where Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot seemed to be implying he was about to unveil Ubisoft’s new Star Wars game, with talk of a world famous movie licence, only to reveal that actually he meant Avatar.
Both movie licences are being made by the same studio, The Division creators Massive Entertainment, although Ubisoft also made an Avatar game when the first movie came out – a third person action game that was completely ignored by everyone.
No doubt they’ll be hoping for more from the new game, although the reveal trailer didn’t really reveal very much, other than that the Snowdrop Engine can push out some really good graphics.
There was a hint that maybe the game is first person but other than the graphics being amazing that was all you could really discern.
Although it was interesting that it’s a current gen-only game and will only be released on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PC, Stadia, and Luna. There was no release date more specific than 2022 though.
Thanks to Nintendo spoiling Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope ahead of time Ubisoft Forward was short on other surprises, unless you count the curious lack of gameplay footage for Far Cry 6.
Rainbow Six Extraction got the most time dedicated to it, along with Rocksmith+ and updates on the likes of Rainbow Six Siege, For Honor, Assasin’s Creed Valhalla, TrackMania, Brawlhalla, and The Crew 2. (And no, they never mentioned Beyond Good And Evil 2.)
There were also looks at previously announced games Riders Republic and Just Dance 2022, but overall it wasn’t a classic year for Ubisoft, who can usually be relied upon to put on a good E3 showcase – and probably will again next year when E3, or at least the world at large, is hopefully back to normal.
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