An avid fan of the Avatar: The Last Airbender series has single-handedly taken on the task of creating the ATLA game fans have been wanting for years. There is quite an abundance of both full-length and mini-game styles Avatar: The Last Airbender games out there, but none have been able to elicit the same feeling of the show. However, one individual is using the Dreams PS4 software to bring this idea to life.
Elca Gaming, as he is known on YouTube, has been working on this project for over a year. At the time of writing this article, he has put in over 700 hours into the development process of his Avatar game. He started this project off knowing nothing about game development and programming. In his experience, many of the official ATLA games lacked strong mechanics to reflect the vast diversity of the Four Nations and he never truly felt he experienced the world of Avatar in the same way the show did. As such, with a still strong Avatar fanbase out there, Elca took it upon himself to start working on the perfect Avatar game.
Many of the Avatar games developed by THQ lacked much flair and diversity in their mechanics. While different characters each had their own unique combat styles, the variety was never enough. Each bending style often only had one to three different move options and were restricted to specific encounters. Elca’s game is different. He is intending to introduce unique martial arts and full bending capabilities for each of the bending forms: Water, Earth, Fire, and Air. This idea was originally exhibited through a small proof of concept demo he uploaded online, showing a basic model blasting some spheres away with air bending and riding on an air scooter. Since then, Elca has also worked on introducing a complete range of earth bending techniques.
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All of this is being produced by an individual who has no background in game development. Through Dreams on the PS4, Elca has been able to use the program’s modular based game creation systems to implement quite complex and diverse levels of logic and mechanics. All the currently modeled characters (Aang, Toph, Appa, and Momo) feature their own unique sets of animations, behaviors, mechanics, and gameplay styles. Elca has even recently completed a complete 1:1 sculpt of the Avatar world map, allowing players to ride on Appa across all the nations. An Avatar game of this scale has never been seen before.
At this time, Elca isn’t sure about when he plans to consider the game completely finished and how distribution will occur, given copyright concerns. However, with quite a large following on YouTube, Patreon, and Twitch, Elca has the backing to continue working on his game for some time. Even some celebrities, including the voices of Toph and Azula, have expressed interest in being part of the finished product. Elca is clearly passionate about the work he makes and is committed to making an Avatar: The Last Airbender game as noteworthy as the show that inspired it.
Source – Elca | YouTube