Long-Awaited ‘Avatar’ Sequel Gets 2 Brand-New Trailers

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Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) in 'Avatar: The Way of Water'

Credit: 20th Century Studios

Two new trailers have been released for the upcoming Avatar sequel.

James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) may have thrashed the box office last December and January of this year, but news that the three sequels had been significantly delayed left fans feeling as deflated as they did while they waited years for the first follow-up.

This isn’t the first, second, third, or fourth time the Avatar sequels have been pushed back. To indicate just how significant the delays have collectively been, Avatar 3 was initially scheduled for release in December 2015! Yes, eight whole years ago.

Jack Champion as Spider in 'Avatar: The Way of Water'
Credit: 20th Century Studios

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The films are now scheduled to release as follows: Avatar 3 on December 19, 2025; Avatar 4 on December 21, 2029; and Avatar 5 on December 19, 2031. And that’s if all goes to plan. It would be prudent to expect another significant reshuffle to their scheduling.

Fortunately, there is another Avatar sequel just around the corner, and it will likely keep fans satisfied for at least a year while they wait for Avatar 3 (again, assuming there are no further delays, which there probably will be — we’re looking at you, James Cameron).

Stephen Lang as the Na'vi version of Quaritch in 'Avatar: The Way of Water'
Credit: 20th Century Studios

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Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora (2023) is an open-world experience that’s set to be the most immersive installment in the franchise yet. We’ve seen trailers and gameplay overviews, but now that it’s only weeks away, Ubisoft has revealed even more footage, which is sure to please fans who’ve been waiting six years since the game was first announced.

Let’s dive in and take a look at the game, as well as the next three theatrical Avatar sequels.

Upcoming Avatar Sequels

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is a first-person, open-world action-adventure video game developed by Massive Entertainment and published by Ubisoft for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Windows for PC, Google Stadia, and Amazon Luna.

Players assume control of an orphaned Na’vi trained as an RDA (Resources Development Administration) soldier. The game takes place in the Avatar universe established in the 2009 film and expanded in the 2022 sequel, with which it has loose connections.

Previously, James Cameron stated that it will also have connections to Pandora — The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World. That said, the game looks far more immersive than the popular themed land (which is still pretty impressive in its own right).

Flight of Passage ride in Avatar--The World of Pandora
Credit: Disney

The game offers a great deal for players to enjoy. You can explore “the Western Frontier” on the tropical exoplanetary moon Pandora, as seen in the films, in an immersive open-world environment, where you can interact with plants, wildlife, and other Na’vi.

You can also customize your own Na’vi, ride a sky banshee (AKA the Ikraan), engage in combat against humans and other Na’vi, and also explore Pandora in a “parkour system” that allows you to free-run and free-jump along varied jungle terrain.

First person in 'Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora'
Credit: Ubisoft

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What’s the new Avatar sequel about?

Frontiers of Pandora follows an orphaned Na’vi who has been raised as a soldier by the RDA, the main human antagonists of Avatar (2009) and Avatar: The Way of Water. However, you’ll be one of the good guys, and you’ll be given the opportunity to reconnect with your people and your world, and turn the tide in the ongoing battle against the RDA.

Per the Frontiers of Pandora website, here’s the synopsis:

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora™ is a first-person, action-adventure game developed by Massive Entertainment — a Ubisoft studio, in collaboration with Lightstorm Entertainment and Disney.

Built using the latest iteration of the Snowdrop engine, and developed exclusively for the new generation of consoles and PC, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora brings to life the alluring world of Pandora with all of its beauty and danger in an immersive, open-world experience.

In this new, standalone story, play as a Na’vi and embark on a journey across the Western Frontier, a never-before-seen part of Pandora. Explore a living and reactive world inhabited by unique creatures and new characters, and push back the formidable RDA forces that threaten it.

There’s also an “official story trailer” that was released in the summer. Check it out below:

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Now, there’s yet another trailer. Per IGN, check out the new Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora PS5 Features trailer below:

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Ubisoft has now also released the Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Season Pass trailer, which reveals how the story in the game will expand beyond the initial launch. The PlayStation Season Pass allows players to access additional content at or after a game’s launch.

In the video, Associative Creative Director Andrada Greciuc explains how Frontiers of Pandora isn’t limited to the main base game itself; that additional, story-focused content in the form of DLCs (downloadable content) will arrive as part of launch and next year.

Per Ubisoft, here’s the new Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Season Pass trailer:

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Here’s what she says in the video:

“The team is thrilled to finally show you a glimpse of what we’ve working on and how we plan to expand the story of the game beyond launch. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora’s post-launch plan features two story packs and a bonus quest as part of the Season Pass. All Season Pass owners will also receive a bundle with an exclusive gear set for your Na’vi character as well as a unique look for your banshee.”

Here are all the story packs and bonus quests explained.

The Sky Breaker — Summer 2024

Mech suit in 'Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora'
Credit: Ubisoft

The Sky Breaker will be available sometime during the summer of 2024. Here’s what Andrada Greciuc says about it in the video:

“We will take you on a journey alongside the nomadic Zeswa clan, as they venture into new areas of the Upper Plains, and you reunite with old friends in a grand gathering of clans. However, this joyful occasion is interrupted by a mysterious shadow looming in the sky that threatens the clans during their great festival. As a seasoned warrior, face the RDA once again, and fight back to protect the clans’ unity.”

Secrets of the Spires — Fall 2024

Landscape in 'Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora'
Credit: Ubisoft

Secret of the Spires will follow The Sky Breaker, releasing sometime in Fall of 2024. Greciuc describes it as follows:

“Introducing a completely new region of the Western Frontier, the RDA’s destructive mining in the region looms as a new threat, and your banshee will be the key to gaining the upper hand in epic aerial combat. Uncover the region’s hidden secrets, stop the RDA’s destruction, and restore the peace before it’s too late.”

Familiar Echoes — December 2023

Bioluminescent jungle in 'Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora'
Credit: Ubisoft

Familiar Echoes will be available at launch. And if you pre-order Frontiers of Pandora, you’ll be given instant access to the Child of Two Worlds Pack, while old PlayStation 5 players will also get the Aranahe Warrior Pack for free.

Earlier this year, the upcoming three Avatar sequels were all pushed back as part of a significant reshuffle at Disney (who acquired 20th Century Fox in 2019). Here are all the new (current) dates, along with some idea of their synopses.

When are the Avatar sequels coming out?

Avatar 3

Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) in 'Avatar: The Way of Water'
Credit: 20th Century Studios

The next Avatar sequel is tentatively titled Avatar 3 , though it will probably be given a subtitle like the previous installment, The Way of Water, and the upcoming video game, Frontiers of Pandora. James Cameron has put forward the possibility of The Seed Bearer being the title.

The plot synopsis is also yet to be revealed for the third film, however, Cameron has stated that it will introduce a new Na’vi Clan known as “Ash People” who live in a volcanic region on Pandora.

Avatar 3 is currently scheduled for release on December 19, 2025.

Avatar 4

Kiri (Sigourney Weaver) in 'Avatar: The Way of Water' (2022). Credit: Disney
Credit: 20th Century Studios

As we don’t know much about Avatar 3, we know even less about Avatar 4. However, producer Jon Landau has confirmed that the third Avatar sequel will feature a significant time jump so that the child characters introduced in The Way of Water, such as Kiri (Sigourney Weaver), will be older, while James Cameron has said that The Tulkun Rider could be the title for the film.

Avatar 4 is currently scheduled for release on December 21, 2029.

Avatar 5

Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) in 'Avatar: The Way of Water' (2022)
Credit: 20th Century Studios

Avatar 5 is currently set to be the final Avatar sequel. Jon Landau has confirmed that part of it will take place on Earth, which, presumably, will somehow have Na’vi characters present, or perhaps just the Avatar versions (or both). James Cameron has suggested that it will be titled The Quest for Eywa.

Avatar 5 is currently scheduled for release on December 19, 2031.

Frontiers of Pandora releases on December 7, 2023, on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Windows for PC, Google Stadia, and Amazon Luna. Check out the official website for more information.

Avatar and Avatar: The Way of Water are now streaming on Disney+.

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