Ubisoft explains why Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora had to be a new generation of games

Avatar: Pandora Frontier Is scheduled to be released in 2022, but has been under development since 2017. So why did Ubisoft decide that it could only run on Luna, PC, PS5, Stadia and Xbox Series X / S?

In a new interview with IGNGame creative director Magnus Janssen and programming technical director Nikolai Stefanov explained why developers are targeting new consoles with ambitious titles.

The pair discussed four key points: flight, immersion, AI, and map design.

“”[New consoles allowed] Stephanove explained when talking about making the game work while flying around a fellow aerial beast known as Banshee. “But you can still have beautiful views and long-distance rendering, even when flying high in the air. You can also use ray tracing to create shadows 3-4 km away.”

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Apparently, the new hardware allowed developers to weave the world together in a more player-friendly way. “Looking at it, older hard drives had to be placed very far away. [apart]The stereotyped world was created because we had to stream the old and the new. So there are many such things, “Jansen said when the studio was talking about how to pack more interesting content between hubs.

These advances also apply to AI. “Wildlife, AI, how they track you, how they attack you, technological advances, and how we harness power with our in-house snowdrop engine are enabling us. [to] Do amazing things that are impossible [otherwise]”Stefanov said.

Finally, the duo talked about graphics. Thanks to the first person game, it’s much more immersive and realizes the fantasy of players who have wanted to go to Pandora since they saw the alien planet in the Avatar movie.

“Improved for the new generation console [hardware] There are plenty of opportunities to make sure the game is as immersive as possible, “explains Stephanov, detailing the new ray tracing-based lighting system and how to handle leaf translucency.

Avatar: Pandora Frontier is a first-person action-adventure game focused on the battle of Navi against humans and the industrialization of Pandora. In 2022, it will be available on Luna, PC, PS5, Stadia and Xbox Series X / S.