What we know and what we want to see from Just Cause 4.
The developers at Avalanche Studios have been busy as of late. With the recent reveal of Rage 2, the opening of a new studio in Malmö, and a recent buyout from Nordisk Studios--the developers behind Mad Max and the Just Cause series--have evidently evidently been building up for more work. But with the possible leak of Just Cause 4, courtesy of Walmart's online store, we've got a few ideas for what we'd want to see from the next open-world game, and what they should show at E3 2018.
What We Know So Far
So far, all we know about Just Cause 4 is that it was mentioned in recent leak courtesy of Walmart's online store--showing placeholder spots for several unannounced games. Along with Just Cause, there was the appearance of Splinter Cell, Dragon Quest 2, the new Destiny expansion, Borderlands 3, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Lego DC Super Villains, and Rage 2. And so far, the latter three of those games have been officially announced just prior to E3.
In a theoretical Just Cause 4, it'd likely continue with the open-world acrobatic hijinks of Rico Rodriguez as he topples yet another dictatorship in exotic locales. While destabilizing said power structures, players would drive stylize sports vehicles, use explosive weapons to destroy structures, and of course, use Rico's trusty grappling hooks and backpack filled with an infinite supply of parachutes to maneuver through the space with ease. If Just Cause 4 is in fact a real thing, then it will likely continue on with the series' bread and butter, which is all out destruction and chaos in the open world.
What's Confirmed For E3
As of now, nothing has been confirmed regarding Just Cause 4. While Avalanche Studios will have a presence at E3 2018 for Rage 2, they've been quiet about everything related to the Just Cause series. With that said, there are still plenty of opportunities for Avalanche to reveal another game. While the Microsoft and Sony press conferences have shown the studios' games in the past, the one press conference to watch out for is for Square-Enix, which is the current publisher of the Just Cause series. If the next game will be revealed at E3, then it will be done so during Square-Enix's event.
What We Hope To See At E3
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The Just Cause series has seen a lot of growth during its years, and if Just Cause 4 turns out to be real, then we'd want to see the developers take what they've learned in that time and expand things even further. While Just Cause 3 had a number of cool ideas and innovations, such as the grappling tether and wingsuit, it often struggled to make it all coalesce in a consistent way--which were often made worse by the game's technical hiccups. Still, the third game offered a great template for the next game to build off of, and the series can only go up from here.
Ever since Just Cause 2, fans online have introduced player mods into the game that offers some interesting gameplay tweaks--such as a grappling hook with infinite range and a flight mod. These mods ended up catching the developers' attention, which they later introduced into Just Cause 3, particularly the wingsuit and other features that improved the black market experience. However, the one mod that players have been dying to see make it into the game is for online multiplayer. Starting with Just Cause 2, the multiplayer mod essentially allowed a server of players to explore the same space and take part in open world destruction together. While this feature never made it to Just Cause 3, now seems like the perfect time as any for the series to get an official online multiplayer mode for the next game.
Of course, this game--along with the others on that Walmart leak list--may be the exception, and there's a solid chance they won't appear at E3 at all. Still, a potential Just Cause 4 does sound exciting, and we're totally down for another wild adventure with Rico Rodriguez and his arsenal of weird spy gadgets.