21
Oct
09

James Cameron’s Avatar Game Coming this December

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James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game is an upcoming video game adaptation of James Cameron’s film of the same name. The title is being developed by Ubisoft. It was announced by Ubisoft that it will be using the same technology as the film to be displayed in 3D.

The videogame is set on Pandora, an alien planet featured in the motion picture. The game includes the Na’vi, Pandora’s indigenous people and discover other life forms.

On July 24 2007, it was announced that Ubisoft would be developing Avatar: The Game in conjunction with director James Cameron as he films Avatar. According to director James Cameron, “For the movie ‘Avatar’ we are creating a world rich in character, detail, conflict and cultural depth. It has the raw material for a game that the more demanding gamers of today will want to get their hands on – one that is rich in visuals and ideas, and challenging in play. I told the Ubisoft team I wanted them to be free to do their very best work, and not think of this as a movie-based game. They responded with a fully realized presentation which captured the soul of the world and the characters, while promising to be a knockout game on its own terms. Their passion inspired my confidence that they are going to do something transcendental.”

n July 24 2009, Ubisoft announced that Sigourney Weaver will reprise her role from the film and voice Dr. Grace Augustine. Other actors from the film that will appear in the game include Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi and Stephen Lang. Michelle Rodriguez’s character, Trudy Chacon, functions as the player’s chopper pilot throughout the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 system and PC versions of the game. Ribisi reprises his role as the arrogant Parker Selfridge, appearing exclusively in the Wii version of the game. The film’s antagonist, Col. Quaritch, played and voiced by Lang, will appear in the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 system and PC versions.

“We are very excited to have actors from the film provide voiceover work for the different versions of the video game,” said Patrick Naud, executive producer for James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game. “Having the characters from the film voiced by the actors that portrayed them appear in the game adds a level of authenticity you just can’t get any other way.”

It is still unconfirmed whether Sam Worthington or Zoe Saldana will be voicing their character in the game.

On August 27, 2009, MovieScore Magazine reported that composer Chance Thomas had been hired to write the music for Avatar: The Game. It is unclear whether the score will contain some of the musical themes composed by James Horner for the movie.


According to Luc Duchaine, the game’s senior international brand manager, the game will require a HDMI output and a 120Hz capable set in order to avail of 3D effects. In a Nintendo Power interview, the Wii version will use Ubisoft’s Jade engine.

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