New ‘Just Cause 3′ Rumors: Next-Gen, 2015 Release, Asynchronous Multiplayer

Feb 6, 2013 by  

Just Cause 3 Rumors

Avalanche Studios CEO Christofer Sundberg has spilled the beans on some of his development studios’ cancelled and forthcoming projects. Though Sundberg doesn’t mention any games or franchises by name he does suggest that Avalanche is in the midst of development on Just Cause 3.

In various updates to his LinkedIn profile, Sunberg mentions that Avalanche is working on a “sandbox action game” for Square Enix. Square Enix just so happens to be the publisher for the Just Cause franchise.

It was reported earlier that Avalanche was working on a title codenamed Project Mamba, and now it is believed that game is Just Cause 3. More importantly, details surrounding the game suggest it will be a big departure for the open world adventure franchise.

The most apparent change Avalanche is rumored to be bringing to Just Cause 3 is a form of asynchronous multiplayer. Asynchronous multiplayer was all the rage at this past E3, and is an easy way for gamers to interact with each other’s game world without being online at the same time.

How exactly that type of experience would fit into Just Cause 3 is unclear, but it certainly sounds intriguing. Imagine if players could impact their shared game world by destroying buildings, burning foliage, or just causing general mayhem.

A feature like this, however, could only be made possible with the help of next-gen technology. Thankfully, Sundberg suggests that Just Cause 3 will be developed for the next-gen. Sundberg also added that the title is looking at a 2015 release date.

It sounds too good to be true: a Just Cause game developed for the next-gen, but at some point one of the big open world franchises is going to make the leap. And we’re hoping it will be awesome.

Both Just Cause 1 and Just Cause 2 pushed the open world genre to its limits, but from a gameplay perspective the two titles were a little lacking. If Avalanche were to take a massive and interactive open world, and outfit with a solid set of gameplay mechanics and missions, Just Cause 3 could become a major Grand Theft Auto competitor.

What do you think about Just Cause 3 being developed for the next-gen? How would you like to see asynchronous multiplayer factor into the game?

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Source: LinkedIn (via Kotaku)

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  1. I dont think just cause should lose the open world all i want is multiplayer. Im honestly not very sure of what asynchronous mp. Is really.

  2. Just Cause 2′s gameplay was amazing, apart from the difficulty with nearly every type of vehicle.

    What was poor was the storyline and, to be honest, Rico. He’s a very weak leading character.

    • Storyline was ‘ok’ and then combining that with one of the worst voice acting performances across every character there is a lot of room for improvement. That being said it might just be one of my most favorite games of this gen. Will definitely get a next gen just cause game. A drop-in drop-out MP would be unbelievable.

  3. I have been a fan of the Just Cause series ever since I took a chance of buying it without reading reviews or having any knowledge of the game itself.

    Multiplayer would be an incredible addition to the series. I agree that the story itself needs massive improvement. The first 2 games were amazing with its open world concept but after a while the missions got too repetitive.

    Co-op play (2-3 players) would be great for friends to go through missions together. Being that PS4 is now gearing towards social networking games…why not. Electronics Art was able to do pretty good with Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, so let’s bring that concept to Just Cause 3 with more features and content.

    In addition, there is also room for making money by allowing players to purchase add-on content through the network.

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