Before James Cameron's Avatar hits theaters, you'll be able to explore the world of Pandora in the accompanying video game. New clips offer a few more glimpses of Pandora's lush jungles, monstrous creatures, and human-on-Na'Vi violence.

MakingOf spoke with Kevin Shortt, the lead scriptwriter for the Avatar game. The game's release actually predates the film's; it hits shelves on November 24th, when we won't see the full feature film until December 18th. Although the game is designed to be an immersive experience — one that delves farther into the mythos of Pandora and the Na'Vi than the film does — we apparently shouldn't expect any spoilers for the movie's storyline. The Avatar game and the Avatar film follow entirely different plots, though the human-Na'Vi conflict appears central to both.


In the interview below, Shortt talks a bit about his process and working with James Cameron, and shows some shots of the gameplay. They're not nearly as slickly animated as the film, but they do offer a sense of Pandora's world and creature design, including the planet's bioluminescent lifeforms:

And here is a more promo-y video where Cameron and his crew hype the game and Pandora itself: