I spent nearly eighty hours having a grand time exploring the island of Panau in Just Cause 2 from Avalanche Studios last console generation, so I'm very excited by the news that the next sequel, Just Cause 3, is due for release next year for the new generation of consoles. Last week a few screenshots from an early version of the game leaked to the Internet and soured everyone's expectations with imagery showcasing microtransactions and virtual currency that was purchasable with real money. That's not how I imagine the perfect Just Cause experience, and thankfully the company has gone on the record that those screenshots were from an old version of the game in which they were exploring ideas and options. Here's Christofer Sundberg, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Avalanche Studios, explaining a little about the controversy:
Following last week's rumours and speculation, we also wanted to take the opportunity to address a few misconceptions. Those leaked screenshots were taken from an ancient version of Just Cause 3. Like most games, this one went through an exploratory phase where we looked at different control schemes, different technologies, different business models. Those leaked screenshots show aspects of that process, and in no way reflect the game we are making today.
To be perfectly clear: Just Cause 3 will be available in 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. It will be distributed as a retail box and digital download. It is not a Free To Play game. It does not feature in-game micro transactions.
Just Cause 3 will include the customary post-release downloadable expansions as is expected from today's modern AAA video games. Just Cause 2 featured similar content, so I'm fine with those inclusions. As long as I get to blast my way across a massive world filled with destructable environments primed to allow me to pull off daredevil feats, I'll be happy. Just Cause 2 included a basic YouTube export tool for sharing exploits in 480p, but that feature will pale in comparison to what today's consoles allow for sharing video content. I can't wait to show you all what I can do in this new sandbox world just as much as I want to see what you're all capable of doing. Bring it on, Avalanche! Your fans are waiting.