Surprise, surprise! James Cameron's upcoming sci-fi flick Avatar is going to become a video game as well as a movie. Ubisoft has just announced that it will develop and publish a game based on the feature. This was obviously inevitable once details about the film started to be released. It's going to be in Cameron's special HD, 3D technology, detail the planetary clash of two cultures and start at a budget of $195 million. Lots of money, special effects and science-fiction elements? Why wouldn't it become a video game?

The feature is about an ex-Marine who is in the middle of hostilities on an alien planet. He's an "Avatar," which is a human mind in an alien body, so he's torn between two worlds and fights for his own survival, as well as that of the indigenous people. Cameron says: "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 in its own terms. Their passion inspired my confidence that they are going to do something transcendental."

Mystical indeed. I usually don't have much faith in movie-based video games being a truly WOW-worthy experience (and not in the World of Warcraft sort of way), but I have a feeling that this could be one sweet gaming adventure.
categories Movies, Cinematical