Ubisoft and 20th Century Fox are teaming up to produce a game based on the upcoming James Cameron film Avatar.
Avatar is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.
Avatar marks Cameron's return to feature directing since helming 1997's Titanic.
Cameron said, "[Avatar] 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."
Aliens, indigenous people, desperate fight for survival and transcendence--sounds like a lot to live up to.
No platform, ratings, screenshots or anything. Just the news that one day, in the future, (probably May 2009, to coinicide with the film's release) there will be a game called Avatar. And it will be transcendental.