GameInformer have published their latest exclusive on Just Cause 3 by focusing on the island setting of Medici, and it looks beautiful. It really does remind me of the time I lived in Spain (when I started the Panauisland.com fansite).

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There really isn’t much to it as it’s mainly just an interview, but some interesting points are mentioned.

  • We have five different biomes and they all have there own palette feel.
  • players have this full sense of progression of all representations of water, from mountain snow to watery coasts

I should also point out a few things featured in this concept artwork:

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Firstly and most obviously:

  • Rico is being assisted by a man and woman (though it doesn’t look like Bolo Santosi… unless she’s aged and her hair is now grey). Then again, there is a much stronger possibility that it’s Maria Kane.
  • There’s clearly a LOT of birds, potentially hinting at wildlife being present? Then again, there were birds in Just Cause 2.
  • There is a LOT of distance between the island which Rico is on and the island in the background.
  • Note the rather large warships? Though I doubt they will be in anyway drivable (without mods).

 

Well how did I miss this potential new feature mentioned right on the Steam page for Just Cause 3.

Arm yourself with a wide range of explosive weaponry from shotguns and missile launchers to tank-busters and air-strikes

Now whether this simply means getting in a jet fighter and raining bullets and missiles that way… or actually being able to call in an airstrike. I really do hope it’s the latter.

Imagine coming under intense heavy fire with no where to go… rather than face the inevitable like that of John Marston in Red Dead Redemption, you simply call in an air-strike to blow the place up!

Well, that’s how I’ve read it anyway. Only time will tell!

Also, don’t forget there’s still time to take part in the competition to win some Just Cause 2 goodies.

GameInformer has recently released some interesting insight into our favourite hero Rico and how he’s developed from the original Just Cause concept artwork to the Rico we can expect to see in Just Cause 3.

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One interesting thing to note from the GameInformer article (other than the above of course), is that Rico has actually left the agency. The big question there is… why?

Was he thrown out? Did he too go AWOL like that of Tom Sheldon in Just Cause 2? Has he retired only to be forced back into action? Is this a personal vendetta that the agency refused to help with?

Is this the Fall of Rico?

 

As you know, Just Cause 2 is still doing very well, way past it’s sell by date… and mostly thanks to the help of the amazing multiplayer mod: JC-MP.

In the latest GameInformer sneaky peek of Just Cause 3, it reveals that even though multiplayer won’t be included in the release version, there is a very good possibility that it does get added to Just Cause 3 as part of a DLC pack. Whether this will be implemented similar to that of Just Cause 2 or Grand Theft Auto V, only time will tell.

Of course, this does mean that either the JC-MP modding team will be given the official go ahead like they did for Just Cause 2… or there’s also a strong possibility that it could be implemented by a team that’s now situated inside the Avalanche New York office. Then of course, there’s an even stronger possibility that it will be a mix of both teams working together to create an official Just Cause 3 multiplayer experience.

My gut feeling is that it will be implemented similar to that of GTAV, in that it will be an official expansion a la GTA Online. Remember, Avalanche Studios were looking for multiplayer programmers for one of their “upcoming” games.

I also couldn’t help but notice that the majority of Just Cause 2 gameplay shown in GameInformer’s latest Just Cause 3 videos, is using the JC-MP mod rather than the vanilla JC2 experience… it’s certainly a very strong hint if you ask me.

For more information on the JC-MP mod, head here:

http://www.jc-mp.com/

For those eager to get their hands on Just Cause 3, Square Enix have already opened up their pre-order page. I know, right?!

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You can pre-order it on Xbox One, PS4 and Windows PC. The PC version is an instant download in the form of a Steam key. Though, you won’t get your hands on it until release day of course!

Pre-order your copy today:
https://store.eu.square-enix.com/emea_uk/search/results.php?id_product=1501

Well would you look at that… Just Cause 3 is already listed on Steam! It’s not listed on any other online retailers just yet.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/225540/

Though there aren’t any screenshots up yet, it lists the following features:

  • Explore a Mediterranean island paradise with complete vertical freedom – skydive, BASE jump and free dive in an open world with virtually zero limits
  • Glide through the air and swoop across mountains with your Wingsuit giving a new way to rain death from above
  • Use your Grapple and Parachute to scale buildings, hijack vehicles, move quickly or tether objects together for creative new ways to cause Chaos.
  • Cause massive chains of destruction in military bases, harbours, prisons, police stations and communications facilities to bring down a dictator
  • Arm yourself with a wide range of explosive weaponry from shotguns and missile launchers to tank-busters and air-strikes
  • Choose from a huge variety of different vehicles to drive including speedboats, jets, helicopters, turbo-fuelled sports cars and super bikes
  • Get adventurous with dozens of challenge missions and collectibles to discover
  • Online community features

Almost everything mentioned is pretty standard in terms of Just Causing chaos, but a new addition is most definitely the Wingsuit. There’s also mention of online community features, but whether this will be integrated into the game, is unknown yet. Just Cause 2 featured Online Gamestats, allowing you to compare your Chaos against others, but you couldn’t see this within the game itself. Let’s hope there’s a lot more than just comparing stats!

In the latest press release fresh from Avalanche Studios co-founder Christofer Sundberg, not only has he confirmed the leaked images to be that of a VERY early experimental build of Just Cause 3… but most importantly that Just Cause 3 will not feature any kind of micro-transactions that are ruining the gaming industry today.

Following last week’s rumours and speculation, we also wanted to take the opportunity to address a few misconceptions. Those leaked screenshots were taken from an ancient version of Just Cause 3. Like most games, this one went through an exploratory phase where we looked at different control schemes, different technologies, different business models. Those leaked screenshots show aspects of that process, and in no way reflect the game we are making today.

Christofer Sundberg (Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Avalanche Studios) has even gone as far as to state very clearly that Just Cause 3 will be coming in 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. No word yet as to when, but expect the Fall of Rico to happen sometime in the Fall.

Don’t forget, you can win yourself some goodies in the competition!

To celebrate the Just Cause 3 announcement, not only is Just Cause 2 80% off on Steam… but here’s your chance to win some Just Cause 2 goodies!

Rico’s off to Medici next year, and you could be too! But you’re going to need to take your passport with you at all times! So how about winning one of these?

Just Cause 3 competition

In order to get your hands on one, you will need to suggest in the comments at least one new feature Just Cause 3 will have that Just Cause 2 didn’t have… before they are revealed by GameInformer! Great suggestions will even be considered, even if GameInformer doesn’t mention them during their exclusive reveal period.

Sounds simple enough, so what features would you like to see?

Competition Rules:

  • This competition is open to everyone.
  • Competition date closes 1st December 2014 at midnight. Winners will be announced shortly after.
  • Should you win, I will need to be able to contact you so I can get your prize posted to you!
  • Winners will be selected based on correct/great suggestions, but it will essentially still be at random.
  • For a better chance, make a few suggestions!

If you’re like me and have been waiting impatiently for ANY Just Cause 3 news, GameInformer have an exclusive first look at Just Cause 3 which is slated for a 2015 release.

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I have been aware of a potential domain name acquisition for some time now, and it seems Square Enix could not risk buying this particular domain until closer to the announcement as the sale was only completed last night. That domain was JustCause3.com, a pretty premium domain! I myself have a number of domains related to JustCause3 which they were very close to buying, but obviously needed all the budget for that domain.

There’s not much information at the moment, but GameInformer has a whole week of exciting coverage! Go check it out!

Appearing from somewhere deep in the underground, the screenshot below apparently shows of a debug build of Just Cause 3. While a friend of mine was quick to ask me about the legitimacy of this, needless to say that as I’ve seen internal builds of Just Cause 2 in the past I’d say this could very well be genuine.

Apparently someone close to the Just Cause 3 project has verified these images to be genuinely from an internal build, but they’ve remained anonymous for obvious reasons. What’s worrying is that in another screenshot, it shows off the new Black Market menu (though slapped together with little to no polish) and there appears to be “Gems”. That’s not real currency, that’s micro transaction style currency as seen in annoying pay-to-win mobile games, and most recently infecting consoles and PC games. Although saying that, Far Cry 2 used Diamonds as a form of currency… nonetheless there is still a “buy more” button leading everyone to believe that Square Enix have forced pay-to-progress down Avalanches throat. If this truly is the case, then all my excitement towards Just Cause 3 has just been lost.

Of course, Just Cause 3 is yet to be announced, and these are early internal builds, but does this mean that we will finally be seeing an announcement for Just Cause 3 next year? It most certainly looks that way. Most likely once Mad Max has arrived.

For more details about the Just Cause 3 leaked images, head on over to Eurogamer.

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