Ubisoft delays Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora into 2023

Ubisoft delays Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora into 2023
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Ubisoft has delayed the release of Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, and it will now be out in 2023. The game was supposed to be released this year, though it didn’t have a fixed release date.

Ubisoft released a statement on the delay:

“We are committed to delivering a cutting-edge immersive experience that takes full advantage of next-gen technology, as this amazing global entertainment brand represents a major multi-year opportunity for Ubisoft. We also decided to release in 2023-24 a smaller unannounced premium game, originally slated for 2022-23.”

The company then went on to explain the reasons behind the delay:

“While this additional development time is a reflection of the current ongoing constraints on productions across the industry, we are hard at work to design the most efficient working conditions to ensure both flexibility for our teams as well as strong productivity while delivering the best experiences to players.”

The game was going to come out near the release of the new movie, Avatar: The Way of Water. That is out on December 16, later this year. This must have been a tough decision, given that the movie would have generated an awful lot of hype. And hype would most likely generate an awful lot of sales.

Ubisoft announced Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora back in 2021, during the Ubisoft Forward showcase. And it looked impressive. It uses Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine, which is capable of turning out some pretty stunning vistas. Back in March, David Polfeldt, the head of Massive Entertainment, left the company. Polfeldt said at the time:

“I think my philosophy and my skills work well for a certain kind of group of a certain kind of size. I don’t think I’m the right manager for what the studio has become. I’m perfectly at peace with it.”