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.
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