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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.

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