The next entry in the chaotic open-world series Just Cause is in development at Square Enix, as confirmed in an offhand comment from the publisher’s president in a recent financial earnings report.
The position of the Just Cause series has been somewhat uncertain after Square Enix announced last month that it had sold several of its western studios to video game holding company Embracer Group. This included major franchises like Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, and Legacy of Kain, but it seems Just Cause wasn’t among them.
In a recent financial earnings report (opens in new tab)Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda confirmed the series’ status: “The Just Cause franchise will remain our intellectual property,” he said, “and we are working on developing a new title in the franchise” (thanks, GameSpot (opens in new tab)).
Matsuda didn’t clarify whether the title would be a full version, but with Just Cause 4 releasing in 2018, it’s likely that a new sequel is in the works. It’s also likely that series developer Avalanche Studios will take the reins of this upcoming Just Cause game. As PCGamesN highlights, the studio is hiring for positions on its upcoming “high-end triple-A open world game”.
What’s next for Just Cause?
Just Cause has followed a simple guiding principle with each new release: go further. Each entry is edgier, bigger, and more ridiculous than the one before, as the series continues to lean even further towards bombastic, high-octane violence.
The first game made a space for itself in the open world genre, giving you a hook to play with. The second added a parachute to improve the fluidity of movement, and the third placed a wingsuit that allowed it to glide seamlessly across the map. The fourth game has expanded its functions to include attachable rockets and other toys to play with, as well as extreme weather conditions for you to navigate.
It all culminated in fantastically frenetic combat and traversal as you glide across tropical islands while shooting around tornadoes and grabbing enemy vehicles in midair. But it also set the bar high for Just Cause 5 – what other gadgets could be added to the series’ fast-paced violence to keep it fresh? There are many possibilities, from more environmental combat mechanics to additional movement tools. The scope of Just Cause 5 is really wide.
And this isn’t the only Just Cause game in the works. Last year, Square Enix announced Just Cause: Mobile – a free-to-play third-person shooter that will involve both single player and multiplayer elements. From what little we’ve seen so far, it looks like you’ll be playing as an agent of your own making, teaming up with other players to wreak havoc under the auspices of series regulars Rico Rodriguez and Annika Svensson.