Ubisoft has announced that it will develop and publish a videogame based on James Cameron’s upcoming film Avatar.

The movie tells the story of an ex-Marine who becomes an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body embroiled in a war on an exotic alien planet. The movie will star Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver and marks Cameron’s first big-screen directing effort since his 1997 hit, Titanic.

Avatar’s rich scenario, onscreen action and special effects will provide a wealth of inspiration to create a unique interactive experience,” said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. “True to their reputation, Ubisoft’s creative teams are looking forward to recreating Cameron’s high-definition, 3-D environment in a compelling game for film and game fans.”

Cameron himself 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.”

The game is currently expected to ship alongside the movie, which is scheduled for a May 2009 release.

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