Gameloft has posted the first gameplay video of their upcoming Avatar game based on the upcoming James Cameron movie by the same name. The premise of the movie surrounds the use of "Avatars" (human/alien hybrids that can be controlled via a mental link) to evacuate peaceful aliens from their mineral-rich forests.
According to an earlier preview by IGN, the game does not follow the plot of the movie but instead tells an earlier story about the Avatar program.
You get to control one of the Na'vi resistance fighters. As a Na'vi armed with a staff, I jumped and twirled through the Pandora jungle. The Na'vi are not only strong but graceful, capable of gliding movement that lets them get the drop on not only human soldiers, but the unfriendly creatures that call Pandora home. Attacking is handled with on-screen virtual buttons. Movement is assigned to a virtual stick, which feels much like the virtual controls seen in other Gameloft action games like Assassin's Creed and Gangstar.
The controls and engine appear reminiscent of other 3D iPhone games from Gameloft.
The game is due in December.