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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
If you ever want to know what a company has planned, the easiest way is to have a look at the job positions currently up for grabs. Note: if there aren’t any, wait around and keep checking!
As for Avalanche, we know they have an unannounced title being developed in New York, so let’s just focus on that for now and job descriptions that give some details away. Bear in mind, a studio can indeed be working on a few titles simultaneously and that some of these job descriptions may have been on the site for a while.
These aren’t the full job descriptions of course, I’ve simply picked out the interesting parts.