We now have a confirmed Just Cause 4 release date. Rico Rodriguez will return later this year, according to an announcement made at Microsoft's E3 2018 conference.
It's about time, too. We’re sorely missing tearing dictatorships apart with an unbreakable grapple hook and only a new Just Cause game can scratch that itch. It was no secret that Just Cause dev Avalanche Studios has been busy working on a big new title - but now we know it was Just Cause 4.
The Swedish developer is already busy with Rage 2 and Generation Zero, so it seemed that another triple-A title, such as Just Cause 4, would be a bit of a stretch. However, Microsoft confirmed that the game does in fact exist at its E3 2018 conference, and now we've had a chance to see it in action. Rico's coming back.
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Join us as we dig up everything we know about Just Cause 4, from its potential release date and whether or not it will have multiplayer, to all the features we want to see from the next game.
Just Cause 4 release date
The Just Cause 4 release date is December 4. The release date was announced at Microsoft's E3 conference 2018, and confirms that Rico Rodriguez will return later this year.
Just Cause 4 setting
Just Cause 4's setting is the fictional South American world of Solis. Solis will be made up of four biomes - Rainforest, Grassland, Alpine, and Desert in what will be the biggest Just Cause map the series has ever had.
Each biome will feature its own extreme weather, including tornadoes and lightning storms, that you can use to your advantage.
Just Cause 4 trailer
A new Just Cause 4 trailer was shown at Microsoft's E3 conference, confirming the game's existence after a series of leaks. The trailer confirms the return of Rico Rodriguez (as well as all of the destruction you've come to associate with the series so far). There's also a look at the new Just Cause 4 map, the South America country of Solis, and the extreme weather conditions that rock the nation's four biomes.
Both Rage 2 and Just Cause 4 are powered using the Apex engine, which allows the new Just Cause game to show off HDR lighting and interactive weather systems. Get a taste of it with the Apex engine trailer above.
Just Cause 4 story
Just Cause 4 story details are a little thin on the ground right now, but the new trailer hints at a few key points. For one thing, we know that Rico will be going up against a gang called The Black Hand, "the world's most powerful private army." Rico will be working to take them down by increasing his chaos rating and, through that, bolstering and empowering The Army of Chaos - his allies.
A war between the two sides plays out in Just Cause 4, the front line snaking its way through the world. Rico is able to advance this line by increasing his chaos rating and recruiting locals to the cause.
Just Cause 4 screenshots
These Just Cause 4 screenshots show Rico getting up to all the usual: exploding things, driving muscle cars, and narrowly avoiding death at the hands of an enemy fighter jet. Take a look them below:
Just Cause 4 gameplay
The wingsuit, parachute, and grappling hook all return in Just Cause 4. In fact, the Just Cause 4 grappling hook is shaping up to be the series’ best yet. It now has new functionality and is fully customisable. You can choose different attachments, such as deploying boosters on objects with each throw of the line, and set three custom loadouts for Rico to hot-switch between while he fights.
As we gathered from leaked screenshots, Just Cause 4 weapons will have alternate fire modes such as mid-flight RPG control and explosive bullets. There’s even a gun that lets you fire a personal drone to assist you.
Just Cause 4’s gameplay certainly seems like the series is back to its emergent best. For instance, you can use Just Cause 4 airlifters to strap balloons to vehicles and ride them through the sky. Likewise, you can airlift red barrels towards an enemy base and detonate them. You can even set the airlifters to follow you, and guide whatever you choose to levitate to wherever you like - how about bringing dozens of red barrels in the centre of an enemy camp and then detonating them?
Just Cause 4's war is depicted in-game with a frontline that Rico can push forward by raising his chaos rating. The more chaos you create, the more you'll push the enemy back as you gather allies.
This is part of a key change to the game's setup, too - you no longer need to destroy every red-painted construction in a settlement in order to liberate it. Instead, you will have separate liberation objectives that aren't necessarily tied to destruction, allowing for even more free-form gameplay.
As if it was ever in doubt, Just Cause 4 will also feature heaps of vehicles, such as fighter jets, sports cars, dirt bikes, and military helicopters.
Just Cause 4 multiplayer
Multiplayer was one of the most wanted features for Just Cause 3, so much so that a dedicated team of fans created a Just Cause 3 multiplayer mod to fill the void.
It initially seemed that Avalanche were aware of the hunger for Just Cause 4 multiplayer as Christofer Sundberg revealed on Twitter that the devs are taking their sandbox games online and are hiring for a multiplayer team.
However, we found out during E3 2018 that Just Cause 4 multiplayer is not on the cards. Creative director Franceso Antolini confirmed said to us directly that "Just Cause 4 will not feature multiplayer." A shame.