If you keep up with the latest game releases, chances are you're at least passingly aware of Respawn Entertainment's Jedi: Survivor which released on April 28th, 2023. Jedi: Survivor is a sequel to the critically-acclaimed Jedi: Fallen Order, which stunned the world in 2019 with its revolutionary gameplay and compelling story. As we began to explore Respawn's latest Star Wars adventure, it quickly became apparent that a new bar has been set for open world, action-adventure games.
As fans of James Cameron's Avatar, and with Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora news expected as early as this summer, we couldn't help but notice several things that Jedi: Survivor does well which would similarly benefit Ubisoft Massive's upcoming open-world action RPG. Here are three takeaways from Jedi: Survivor that we hope UbiMassive is paying attention to for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.
Open, but not empty
Open-world games often suffer from "hiking simulator" syndrome, where there are large swathes of environment that are simply empty, natural terrain between the more interesting focal points of the world. Jedi: Survivor does not fall into this pitfall. The world itself breathes. Between dynamic enemy encounters, documenting local flora and fauna, and tucked-away mini-narratives, even in the remotest parts of the world there are discoveries to be made.
Additionally, Jedi: Survivor creates a sense of grounded civilization by introducing settlements to its planets, something its predecessor did not have. Whether it's the frontier-reminiscent Rambler's Reach on Koboh or the Narkis Anchorite archeological outpost on Jehda, each world is benefitted by giving players a personal experience with the planet's long-term inhabitants. This builds the illusion that these civilizations have existed long before the player's arrival, and will continue to exist long after.
In a world as vast and diverse as Pandora, there is an opportunity to craft an unforgettable player experience that pulls on all of Jedi: Survivor's worldbuilding triumphs. The mix of unmarred Pandoran frontier and RDA settlement should provide diverse gameplay while helping to balance out the open world.
An eye for detail
Jedi: Survivor's excellence doesn't stop at large-scale worldbuilding, however. The attention to detail in the natural environments shows how truly impressive a next generation title can be, and is nothing short of beautiful. Sunlight filters through alien trees and onto basalt pillars not entirely unreminiscent of Pandora's Hallelujah Mountains. Water flows down natural watersheds and tumbles into rivers far below. The sound of wildlife, both seen and unseen, permeates the air.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is being developed on Ubisoft's proprietary next-gen Snowdrop engine. The announcement trailer gives a live demonstration of the in-engine capabilities, and after playing Jedi: Survivor Avatar fans can only hope that the same attention to detail is being paid to the environments in Frontiers of Pandora.
Finally, and most importantly, Jedi: Survivor's story anchors its gameplay and gives the player a reason to engage with the game. The characters are diverse, both in background and personality. Where many open world games sacrifice story for scale, Jedi: Survivor manages to do retain both by committing to over-arching narratives and small scale ones that are uncovered through exploration and discovery.
Jedi: Survivor has the benefit of being a sequel with established characters, however Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is already confirmed to have one important recurring character: Pandora itself. With the planet of Pandora anchoring its narrative, we hope that Ubisoft Massive can craft a compelling narrative that ties into the overall conflict on Pandora, creating a consistent and faithful experience for dedicated Avatar fans and newcomers alike.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is set to release sometime in the next year, with official news expected at UbiForward in June. Looking for the latest updates on the game? Join us on Discord.
Oona Chaplin is a talented Spanish-British actress confirmed to be joining the cast of the highly anticipated Avatar sequels. With her impressive acting range and diverse language skills, she stands tall among the already impressive lineup of actors in the Avatar franchise. In this article, we'll look at what fans can expect from Chaplin in Avatar 3 based on her previous work in the HBO series Game of Thrones and other notable films.
While the exact details about her character are sparse, it is confirmed that Chaplin's character Varang will play a crucial role in the upcoming sequels. Her casting was personally announced by director James Cameron, who expressed his excitement to work with her. With her acting experience and impressive language skills, she is sure to bring depth and nuance to the character she portrays.
Chaplin is primarily known for her work on the popular Game of Thrones, in which she played the character of Talisa Maegyr. Beyond her work on Game of Thrones and Avatar, she has also appeared in a variety of films and TV shows throughout her career. She has starred in films such as Quantum of Solace, The Longest Ride, and What If, demonstrating her range as an actress. Additionally, she has appeared in TV shows like Black Mirror, Taboo, and The Crimson Field. The depth and authenticity of Chaplin's performances are widely praised.
In addition to her acting talent, Chaplin herself is a polyglot- someone who can speak three or more languages. She is confirmed to be portraying a Na'vi character, so fans of both Game of Thrones and Avatar will no doubt be excited to see her bring her linguistic skills to the Avatar franchise and the Na'vi language.
Most importantly, Chaplin is an outspoken environmental activist, advocating for causes such as ocean conservation and combatting climate change. This passion for the environment is sure to be well-received by fans of the Avatar franchise, which has long been known for its themes of environmentalism and conservation.
In conclusion, fans of the Avatar franchise have a lot to look forward to with the addition of Oona Chaplin to the cast of Avatar 3. With her impressive acting range and diverse language skills, she will bring depth and nuance to the character she portrays. And with her previous work on Game of Thrones and other popular shows and films, she is already well-known to fans of the entertainment industry. So mark your calendars and get ready to see Oona Chaplin in action when Avatar 3 hits theaters.
Avatar: The Way of Water is here and if you're like us you've already seen it at least twice in theaters. Though there's plenty to discuss in the film (and even more detail to find once the streaming and home video release is finalized later this year), you may also find yourself looking at Avatar 3's projected December 2024 release date with dismay. No need for that! Unlike the content drought between 2009 and 2022, there are an abundant amount of upcoming Avatar media projects to tide you over until 2024. Here's what's next for Avatar leading up to Avatar 3.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
Ubisoft Massive's upcoming open-world Avatar RPG is scheduled for release in the 2023-2024 fiscal year, which means any time between April of 2023 to March of 2024. Recent rumors have indicated that development is significantly underway, and that Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is breaking from traditional Ubisoft RPGs in innovative and exciting ways. We'll be keeping an eye on large game showcases this spring and summer for our next glimpse of what UbiMassive is cooking, but for now here's the in-engine first look that was released in 2021:
Also in the video game category, we have Avatar: Reckoning. Developed by Archosaur Games and published by Level Infinite, Avatar: Reckoning promises to be a large-scale multiplayer experience hand-crafted for mobile devices. Reckoning has already undergone two closed beta tests, but little other information is known about the game at this time- including a release window. Here's the Avatar: Reckoning reveal trailer from June of 2022:
Na'vi Language Updates
As an organization dedicated to the Na'vi language, we would be remiss if we didn't also mention the updates to the Na'vi language on the horizon. A new Na'vi dialect, developed for the Metkayina reef peoples, has been revealed by Professor Paul Frommer. More details have been promised early this year, and a new dialect promises to radically change the ways that the Na'vi language can be spoken. In a similar manner, CJ Jones' Na'vi sign language will also see expansion during the gap between Avatar: The Way of Water and Avatar 3. We already have a number of signs available, but await additional details about the Avatar sign language's grammar and syntax.
With so much Avatar content on its way and Avatar 3 nearly completed, the wait for the next Avatar sequel promises to be much less arduous than the 13 year gap between Avatar and Avatar: The Way of Water. Of course, if you can't suffer waiting alone then you should check out our Discord server, which is home to Avatar fans from around the world. Come join the conversation or learn Na'vi with us as we tick down the days until December, 2024!
Na'vi Language Reef Dialect Details
Brand new details about the new reef Na'vi language dialect were provided today via Naviteri.org, Professor Paul Frommer's Na'vi language blog. This update comes after a previous allusion to the appearance of a brand new dialect in Avatar: The Way of Water in a previous blog post. Frommer has promised to provide even more details during the new year, however the two new details he revealed are as follows:
In reef Na'vi, the sy consonant cluster is pronounced "sh" (syaw > shaw).
Additionally, the reef peoples have a synonym for omum, "know", that is more frequently utilized where the forest peoples would use omum: syawm (pronounced "shawm" in the Na'vi reef dialect.)
Both of these examples can be heard during your next viewing of The Way of Water. The new word and the dialectal shift both occur during Quaritch's hunt for Jake Sully after he flees the Omatikaya people. Listen closely to the dialogue during Jennifer Stafford's brief appearance as the Ta'unui tsahìk, where she says ayoe ke shawm, or "we don't know", in response to Quaritch's interrogations.
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