We may soon be hearing about the long-awaited follow-up to 2010 open-world game Just Cause 2, as a newly registered domain name for Just Cause 3 has been discovered.
The domain, JustCause3Game.com, was registered on Tuesday by CSC Corporate Domains, a company used by Square Enix and other companies to register URLs in the past. It was found by Internet sleuth Superannuation, who suggests we may see the game at E3 in June.
Of course, Just Cause 4 domains registered in 2012 were indicative of nothing, although Avalanche did release some blurry teaser images (you can see one below) of what appeared to be a new Just Cause game last February.
A new game in the Just Cause series has yet to be announced. In December, developer Avalanche Studios' creative director, Christofer Sundberg, claimed it was too early to start talking about Just Cause 3. "We have been discussing what we'd like to do with the Just Cause IP in the future, but it's too early to talk about it just yet," he said.
Just prior to that declaration, Avalanche revealed its employees had visited a Costa Rican rainforest to collect reference materials for its upcoming open-world games, suggesting that could be a setting seen in Just Cause 3.
While he's been averse to say much about a Just Cause sequel, Sundberg has been outspoken about the industry, which could clue us in on the developer's approach to Just Cause 3.
"Micro-transactions, subscriptions, and other biz models will be the next generation of games. It is that simple," he said on Twitter last year. He later expanded on the thought, stating that "greed never works."
"We'll never compromise on quality or sell our souls for a quick buck," Sundberg added. "Things are changing and we need to adapt."
Sundberg has also expressed concern over the AAA game market, saying earlier this year, "Very few traditional $60 games make any money, and what used to make sense doesn't any more."
What all of that means for Just Cause 3, if anything, is unclear.
One of Avalanche's in-development projects, Project Mamba, which is believed to be Just Cause 3, is known to be coming to next-generation consoles and PC and was previously said to be launching in 2014.
|Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManX|
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