The highly anticipated video game adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender is on its way, but it's taking a different approach than expected. Developed by Bamtang Games, Avatar: The Last Airbender: Quest for Balance aims to attract both new and seasoned fans of the franchise. While it retells the adventures of Aang and his friends from the original Nickelodeon cartoon, the game is designed to appeal to younger players who may not be as familiar with the show.
Unlike traditional video game adaptations, Quest for Balance focuses more on exploration and puzzle-solving rather than combat. Lead designer Carlos Salazar explains that this approach reflects Aang's identity as an Air Nomad, where he strives to avoid violence unless necessary. The combat in the game still exists, but players must identify their opponents' weaknesses and choose the appropriate bending abilities or moves to defeat them. Some combat encounters even incorporate puzzle elements, making the experience rewarding and encouraging players to vary their approaches.
While the game can be played solo, co-op play is also available, particularly for solving more challenging puzzles. Players are encouraged to come up with different strategies to solve puzzles, allowing for an enjoyable and enriching experience. Salazar emphasizes that the puzzles were designed to provide the right amount of challenge for younger players, while also allowing parents and older siblings to assist in this fun introduction to the world of Avatar.
A unique aspect of Quest for Balance is that it tells Aang's story from the perspective of the Order of the White Lotus, a group of elderly Pai Sho players that includes iconic characters like Uncle Iroh, King Bumi, and Master Pakku. This viewpoint offers a fresh angle for seasoned fans, giving them the opportunity to see events unfold through a different set of eyes. It adds a layer of depth to the game, as players can experience Aang's journey from a new perspective.
Avatar: The Last Airbender: Quest for Balance is available for pre-order on various platforms, including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC via Steam, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X, for $49.99.
– Polygon: (source article)