More "Avatar" news has surfaced today, hot on the heels of yesterday's announcement of a strategic investment by Disney into Epic Games to develop a persistent Disney metaverse. James Cameron announced that a "Science of Avatar" documentary series is being developed in partnership with National Geographic. This brand new series is tentatively scheduled to release near "Avatar 3" in December of 2025.
Cameron briefly referenced the upcoming series in a presentation for the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour, while doing his own press for National Geographic's "Secrets of the Octopus" and "OceanXPlorers". Cameron has produced 12 documentaries at the time of writing, with the upcoming series' to make that number an outstanding 15 by 2025.
Further details were sparse, however fans can look to Cameron's previous documentary work for an idea of what to expect from the upcoming exploration into the grounded, science-fiction world of "Avatar".
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Enter the Metaverse.
It looks like we could be heading back to Pandora sooner than expected. The Walt Disney Company just announced a $1.5bn investment into developer Epic Games with the intent of expanding their gaming and interactive media offerings. Among other tentpole Disney properties like 'Marvel' and 'Star Wars', Disney also indicated that 'Avatar' is a world to be explored by this new partnership.
In an official statement, Disney called this partnership a "[collaboration] on an all-new games and entertainment universe that will further expand the reach of beloved Disney stories and experiences." This new, persistent universe "will offer a multitude of opportunities for consumers to play, watch, shop and engage with content, characters and stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Avatar and more."
This announcement comes hot on the heels of the unexpected cancellation of 'Avatar': Reckoning, a mobile-only title that was scheduled for release later this year. Disney primarily holds the licensing rights for the 'Avatar' brand, so this announcement may illuminate why the release trajectory of Reckoning was changed so abruptly.
There is no official timeline for release on this new persistent world. We will continue to update as more details arise.
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Less than two months ago, we reported that mobile MMO title Avatar: Reckoning had secured a 2024 release date from studio Archosaur Games. Now, a new update comes in the form of a recently released a shareholder update that marks a sharp pivot from the previous news.
In their January 23rd shareholder update, Archosaur Games announced that plans to launch Avatar: Reckoning have been “terminated”, among a “strategic adjustment of the Company’s products and operations.”
With this announcement Avatar: Reckoning becomes the latest Avatar game in a long line of mobile titles to fall short of release, the most recent being Pandora Rising- a base building mobile strategy game which was cancelled in April of 2022. The cancellation of Avatar: Reckoning comes amid restructuring from a separation between publisher Level Infinite and studio Archosaur Games, which occurred early last year.
With Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora officially in players hands and selling well in global markets, mobile enthusiasts will have to hope for future Avatar game titles to be announced for handheld devices.
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If you're like us, you've probably asked yourself "what do the Na'vi language Ikran names mean" when you acquired your Ikran in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora for the first time. Before now, there has been no official word on whether or not the names have translations or meanings behind them, they were simply a selection of Na'vi language names that didn't have any further definitions. That changed overnight when Paul Frommer, creator of the Na'vi language, published a vocabulary update that included most of the names listed in-game.
If you want to know what the Banshee names mean in Avatar: Frontiers, you're in luck. Here's a comprehensive list of the ones we know so far:
Unfortunately, Temek and Nimun were not included in the list of revealed Ikran names, however they may be added to the Na'vi dictionary at a future point. For now, players who chose those names will have to imagine for themselves what they might mean!
Frommer also revealed Na'vi names for a broad selection of flora and fauna from Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, which is sure to thrill anyone who is learning Na'vi. You can find the full list of new words on Frommer's Na'vi language blog, Naviteri. Stay tuned for more updates on the Na'vi language in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, and join us on Discord to learn Na'vi and immerse yourself further into the world of Avatar.
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