Beloved cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity due to the series being released in full via streaming service Netflix. New fans and longtime devotees alike have spent their time in quarantine enjoying the show, which has consistently appeared on Netflix's "most-watched" lists since its release. Now, the show — as well as its sequel series, Avatar: The Legend of Korra — are popping up in quite an unexpected location indeed: the online fighting game Smite.
Smite is a free to play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game developed by Hi-Rez Studios, initially released for PC in 2014 with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch versions debuting throughout the following years. Players take on the role of various gods, goddesses, and mythological heroes from around the world as they fight against other players and NPC minions alike.
Now, titular "Last Airbender" Avatar Aang, his successor Avatar Korra (plus her loyal polar bear dog Naga!), and the fan-favorite firebending prince Zuko will all be debuting as character skins for Smite. Each character is getting two skins, a "normal" version, which can be obtained in-game and a "special" form, which must be purchased via the upcoming Avatar Battle Pass.
Aang and Korra, who both appear in their standard forms and their super-powered "Avatar States," will be added as skins for the characters Merlin and Skadi, respectively. Zuko will be a Susano skin, with his base version being his "redeemed" look from the show's third season and his particular version being his mysterious Blue Spirit disguise.
The Avatar Battle Pass is expected to debut in July 2020. Hi-Rez Studios will be revealing more information on their Twitch channel on June 24 at 3 PM ET.
These skins mark the first time that any Avatar characters have appeared in gaming since the official Legend of Korra game released in 2017. Could the show's Netflix-based revitalization lead to further games or guest appearances? Let us know what you think!