Just Cause 2 parachutes into 2008

Eidos announces Just Cause 2 to land on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC this year.

When Just Cause was released in 2006, it took a page out of the book of other favourites in the modern action-adventure genre, and set them within a huge, island-based game world which players could traverse by vehicle or using their character's trusty parachute.

SCi confirmed in an earnings call last year that a sequel to the game was "already in development" and Eidos has today released details of Just Cause 2. The second instalment in the series is being developed by the same team at Avalanche Studios and will be published by Eidos in the second half of 2008.

Rico Rodriguez, the protagonist from the first game, returns again, hot on the tail of a former boss who has taken off with stolen money to a fictitious South Pacific island called Panau, complete with cities, lush jungle, arid desert, and snowcapped mountainous regions. The island draws on influences from throughout the South Pacific and Southeast Asian areas of the world.

Like its predecessor, Just Cause 2 will encourage exploration and free roaming through the massive world--which will be smaller, but more "jam packed" than the first. Eidos says that improvements have been made to enemy artificial intelligence and the missions are set to be more complex and numerous. Rico will also have some new moves, including the ability to move around on vehicles he's landed on using his parachute. There will also be more vehicles available in the game.

While there will be a greater emphasis on real-world physics this time around, gamers will still be able to pull off some of the insane moves from the first game with the parachute and grappling hook at the ready. Both these key items have been upgraded, allowing the player to undertake new tasks and traverse a great deal of the gameworld up in the air.

Just Cause 2 is set for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC sometime before the end of this year.

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x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Is this game ever going to be released?

jasonchase
jasonchase

I JUST LOVED the other game jc1 i have just finished playing it and i am realy amazed how quickly they managed to start making another one and i can not weight for the next one to come out i hope they manage to fix that freezing glitch ive lost many gorilla points to that glitch

thpghalo3
thpghalo3

I agree with raze-boi but when it becomes avaible to pre order i am going to pre order this bad boy! litlary!

bballchamp6
bballchamp6

normally, it would be a fine game but its just not up to par with the other releases of 08

raze-boi
raze-boi

Rico looks more like a Bada$$ in JC2 more than JC1.

catach
catach

I just loved the 1st game... It is so much better than far cry, or other similar games.... It's kind of GTA meets Far Cry, and what could be a poor game is absolutely cool.... The freefall mode is cool, the island is cool, I really dig this game. And also, excellent graphics, with a incredible far clip, weather effects.... It's nice, so I'm really excited to play JC2!!!

sidious
sidious

I'm pretty excited for this one. I agree that the first game had a lot of flaws, but the over all fun factor was there. I beat the game, just didn't feel the drive to do all the side missions, not even to earn achievements. So hopefully the world will indeed be more fleshed out with a greater variety of things to do. But still, it is a franchise with good potential for fans of open world games such as myself...

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Just Cause had a LOT of potential. The demo made me buy the game. However, after a short bit with the game I started to realize it's flaws. BIG FLAWS. The game would freeze all the time. Some times it would refuse to load my saved games. The gameplay was not as tight as it should have been, but was okay. The missions got boring pretty fast. There are some really cool ideas in play here and I think that if they get the coding right this time they could have a hit on their hands. The protagonist is a little too "cool" for himself, so I don't ever see him being a gaming icon, but his game has great potential.

nascar1
nascar1

[QUOTE=" jack_sparrow_28"] The last game was pretty cool, but yeah, it had loads of room for improvement, and I think we just found the improvement. [/QUOTE] - i agree...bring it on!

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

not really into games with rambo style action

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

The first game was garbage, they should just roll the dice on starting a new property, instead of kicking this dead horse another time.

Razzi65
Razzi65

1st one was just stupid..

jack_sparrow_28
jack_sparrow_28

The last game was pretty cool, but yeah, it had loads of room for improvement, and I think we just found the improvement.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

hopefully they add the gameplay element called fun to it. it seemed lacking last title. only reason they made money was cause of their low dev costs, and the fact that people bought it for the sake of its low price.

Vash67
Vash67

Smaller world? Real-world physics!?! Ummm.... Yeah?

007game007
007game007

Ya they still have not released a patch for the 2006 game. I enjoyed this game, Its one of my all time favs, but its a disgrace that these money grubbers did not make a patch for a game with HUGE bugs. Many are truly game breakers. Go take a peek at the forums some time and read the very upset customers who have posted and begged for years for a patch. Then observe the silence of any kind of a response from Avalanche or Eidos. There is none. So sad. Truly a great game but why would anyone give the combo of those two companies a second Chance when its clear that they release a bug ridden pile and offer no support. LOL so in the words of their own games hero Rico, I say "Viva La Revolution." I wont run out to buy it. I will observe to see if they make good on a patch for the first game and a patch for this new game in a timely manner. /End Rant

ctg867
ctg867

Not too surprising. Hopefully they come out with a better demo to get them some hype and bring the game out at a solid time. Ie: not during the holidays. Hope it's an improvement, and it will end up being a good game.

MatrixSpidey92
MatrixSpidey92

I loved Kane and Lynch on PC, runs so smooth. Awesome game. Hope this is better then the first.

whereismycouch
whereismycouch

It's by Eidos? Gamespot, give it a 10 or else someone else might go...

jasongm
jasongm

This game had so much hype.. but was more of a letdown.

DarqKiller
DarqKiller

the first one looked good, but was basically a "Seen it and Done it" experience, the parachuting was boring, and the grappling hook was hard to use. aside from about one or two games (The hitman series was good, but got boring after a while) like Kane & Lynch, Eidos hasn't made any real fun or innovative games. though I do have slight hope that they will make a good game, this one is already sounding like a stinker.

Lord_Daemon
Lord_Daemon

I had a great time playing the first one so I greatly look forward to playing a sequel. I just hope the improved AI doesn't mean that they can pinpoint your location perfectly when you try to lose them in the jungle.

NND1
NND1

The first Just Cause had good graphics but basically sucked... I know because I wasted a hard earned 60 bucks. But has there been any good eidos games??? I have yet to play one...

beedouk
beedouk

wasnt a great game to start with

Spyhunter_101
Spyhunter_101

my list of good Eidos games are ahhhhh.........

Uglyface2
Uglyface2

I'm hoping that the story doesn't feel as disjointed as the original did. There was a lot of room for improvement in other areas, but that was the biggest problem. Grappling hook and parachute, though. That absolutely MADE the first game.

jknight5422
jknight5422

I had no interest in the first one...and now a sequel??

Sunrie
Sunrie

I didn't notice all the huge bugs in Just Cause personally, but I wasn't that impressed. I certainly hope they learned form their past game and seriously give it some loving in the sequel.

the3game
the3game

Hmmmm :/ , Just Cause was full of serious bugs, and it came to the stores in "beta like stage", all because Eidos didn't let Avalanche had more production time... Lets just see how this one turns out.

o_laggy_o
o_laggy_o

After K&L I have no faith in them whatsoever.

DocGonzo1971
DocGonzo1971

I kind of like the first one even though it had its flaws (but what game doesn't?). It looked to be a good starting point for what could be an interesting game series. If their smart, they'll wait awhile before they release it so it doesn't get lost in the frenzy that will be GTAIV

irishscott99
irishscott99

Oh yes, it is Eidos' fault Jeff was fired huh? Whatever.. even if Eidos complained about the review and that is why they firedhim, it doesn't make it their fault. The fault would lie with those who fired him, not the complaining company even if they said they would pull advertising.

saigondude63
saigondude63

awesome!!!!! i cant wait!!!!!! however i bet ya this game will be delayed till 2009----thanks to all those other developers doing that--DANG IT!

f15srcool
f15srcool

Dude, I don't think it was Kane and Lynch. Ryan Davis and the rest of the staff probably would have set his goddamned head on fire and jumped out the 6th floor window if it was Kane and Lynch. But anyways, I'm totally excited for this game.

ecofriend
ecofriend

SCREW EIDOS! Too bad I cannot get a refund of all the Eidos games I have bought in the past. They are the reason Jeff Gerstmann was unfairly fired from Gamespot. I will never forget and will continue to remind everyone about it.

eXists
eXists

No Eidos for me, payback time baby!

KodiakGTS
KodiakGTS

I could see this game being very good. There were definitely aspects of the first one that really impressed me, although the shoddy story made it a rental at best.

SouL-Tak3R
SouL-Tak3R

Hopefully does not suck like the first one.

Crusade_17
Crusade_17

i hated the first one.....lets hope 2 will be alot better

makemeweak
makemeweak

The first game had some really fun gameplay, if a shoddy story progression. I hope they improve the second iteration - I'm looking forward to it.

Craft2299
Craft2299

Mhh, this tells me it will be mutch better and a big drifrence then the 1st.

ct1257860
ct1257860

Never played the first one...

Rottenberry
Rottenberry

I thought the first one was terrible; let's see if they can please me this time.

Strike_Zer0
Strike_Zer0

I like the sound of more varied scenery this time. Sounds like it'll be pretty good.

Colsworl
Colsworl

I played the last game on ps2 and I liked it but the graphics were a bit weak. Later on when I got my 360 I downloaded the demo and what an improvement it was in terms of graphics. One complaint I had though was the scale of the map. I mean I love big open maps like San Andreas but Just Cause had a massive map with repetitive and empty enviorments throughout. I'm glad the are making it a little smaller to concentrate on detail this time. Fix up some of the glitches and improve the gameplay and you have got a definite must buy on my list.