Just Cause dev travels to Costa Rican rainforest for research

Avalanche Studios gathers reference material for future open-world games during recent trip.

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Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios traveled to the Costa Rican rainforest during spring 2013 to capture reference material for future games, the studio details in a new video.

"The rich and uniquely diverse environment offered us a closer look at dense vegetation, beautiful skies, and flowing water, among other things," the studio said.

Just Cause 2 footage is used heavily in the video, but Avalanche said the reference material collected during the trip--including jungle sounds and various images--will be used in "many" of the studio's upcoming open-world games.

For instance, some of the sky scenes captured in Costa Rica will appear in the upcoming Mad Max game for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Check out the full video below for more on Avalanche's trip to the Costa Rican rainforest.

Beyond Mad Max, which is in development at Avalanche's office in Stockholm, the studio is working on an all-new game at its New York City arm to be published by Square Enix. This project has not been announced, though it is rumored to be the long-awaited Just Cause 3.

Avalanche is also working on a new IP for the mobile/tablet space, though this project has not been officially announced yet.

Discussion

27 comments
Navardo95
Navardo95

This HAS to be for Just Cause 3 as Mad Max is set in post-apocalyptic world and tropical rain forests are completely out of the question and the video clearly states they didn't go there simply for holiday purposes but to gain reference for their future games as well..

And damn sure the next JC game will have animals :)

nomadski69
nomadski69

Square Enix - "Why do you need to fly all the way to Costa Rica to see vegetation, blue skies and water?"

Avalanche - "Just cause..."

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Boondoggle, ho!!!  

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

I'd like them to make an open world Bladerunner game next, replicant hunting, spinner cars, massive futuristic LA, I have total faith they would make it awesome.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Looks like they had more success than the Arma guys did in Greece :P

keyb0red
keyb0red

and you cant simply google image this? :)

sanechupp
sanechupp

Open worlds from these guys are the best looking and they do have enough to do, well they need more  missions that never end like GTA V. GTA V needs more too.   At least they don't waste power on watching t.v. yoga going to theaters and junk like that. Vehicle handling needs to improve for Just Cause 

jessie82
jessie82

to find the right shade of green?

jacquelineferre
jacquelineferre

A shooter  in the forest almost as original as a shooter in the desert.

Marky360
Marky360

I can't wait to see what Just Cause 3 looks like on Next-Gen.

Simsyas
Simsyas

I'll make a flash game about GameSpot staff members. First, gotta find some bridges where substances are used and abused.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

I knew I would have my name in a headline!

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

Costa Rican?
Rican,this article is all about you.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

And for only $3 we can view it as part of the "Making of" documentary. (Documentary will itself be a $5 microtransaction purchase)

dillon-peters
dillon-peters

enjoyed Just Cause 2. look forward to seeing a third entry

pszone
pszone

try get into there games but end don't interest .me maybe max game might interest  me wait and see

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

Let's hope the protagonist isn't a moron who can't do simple feats like climb and doesn't rely on one simple but overused mechanic...that game had a nice concept but lacked in variety of simple movements that make GTA crap on it from a great height. Never have I seen such a limited scope of gameplay, massive island and all I can do is grapple rope and shoot things, can't sneak, can't climb things like over fences and such had to grapple, grapple, grapple my way around. Got bored of it, collecting dust.

arqe
arqe

Yeah go and wait there until you come up with a good game.

haze0986
haze0986

loved just cause and jc2 but it was barren and the npc were few and far between, environments go a long way in making you feel immersed but so does having people that populate the world lol

Dexyu
Dexyu

Reserch huh yea thats allright
Goals:
Trees check 
land Check
water check
Shit tons of monkeys check
i think we are done here

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@jessie82 "What are you recording?"  (to man holding microphone on top of hill)

"Silence."


ahpuck
ahpuck

@grey_tiger Have you been to Costa Rica? Any excuse is a good excuse to go there. Costa Rica is awesome.

haze0986
haze0986

@arqe lol i play jc for the skydiving is that bad?

Narutogx2
Narutogx2

@ladies_man_xxx @SavageEvil It Does Need A Better Melee Function, It Was A Bit Boring Just Swinging A Grappling Rope Around At People, XD (P.S. I Have JC2, lol)