Avatar godfather James Cameron believes the Avatar IP would make for the “perfect” MMORPG, he revealed while speaking with IGN about all thing Na’vi.
Currently, Cameron is in the process of working on the scripts for two Avatar sequels which will drop in 2014 and 2015, respectively, as well as working with Ubisoft on future Avatar video games and Disney Imagineers on a new Avatar theme park to open in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2016. To say the man is busy is quite the understatement.
However, Cameron was able to talk briefly with IGN about the direction of the franchise moving forward. One of the more interesting questions lobbed Cameron’s way was if he was interested in turning the world of Avatar into a massively-multiplayer-online-role-play game.
“I think Avatar is a perfect IP for an MMO,” expressed Cameron. “It's a very, very big world and based on the first film, you might not sense that, but we're talking about an entire planet, an entire alter world, and in fact a universe that has other planetary bodies, as well, and other cultures, other life forms.
“Eventually people will see enough scope to be able to see how the MMO will work, but that's going to have to be launched… the timing of that is going to have to be carefully orchestrated with the release of the second and third film because we don't want to be giving away elements before the fact,” continued Cameron. “And also I think one of the cool things about an MMORPG is that you have to have a lot more possibilities for characters than what you see in the film. The film is really just a leaping off point, so we've got to create a rich and diverse world that lives well beyond the films.”
As of right now, there are no known plans for an Avatar MMO, but that’s not going to stop us from dreaming about such a project. For the record, we think a MMO for Avatar is a much better avenue to travel down in the realm of gaming than the narrow, story-driven approach Ubisoft is taking with the franchise. But that’s just our two cents.
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