Square Enix has revealed that it is developing a new Just Cause game, as mentioned in an investor briefing held last month. While the accompanying presentation mentions that the publisher has kept the Just Cause IP, details are thin on what the franchise’s next installment will be.
What could be the next Just Cause game
On the seventh page of Presentation of Square Enix “Overview of financial results” held on May 13, Square Enix almost fleetingly mentions the Just Cause series:
In particular, we have revisited our portfolios of studios and titles with a view to strengthening our offer of online titles that we are developing for the North American and European market. We want to focus on creating new titles that align with our strategy, including those that take advantage of new intellectual property. The JUST CAUSE franchise will remain our IP, and we are in the process of developing a new title in the franchise.
While the hope is that this means Avalanche Studios is working on Just Cause 5, this new Just Cause game may just refer to Just Cause: Mobile, which is still in development for iOS and Android by a separate team led by Square. Enix. This free action shooter, according to its official websitewill include various features, including an “action-packed story campaign, a competitive multiplayer mode for 30 people, [and] 4 player cooperative missions. As stated in the trailer description (posted above) for the mobile game, it was slated for release in 2021, but the website says it will be released later this year.
That said, even though the upcoming Just Cause game mentioned in the presentation is just this mobile title, the website’s FAQ section specifically mentions that “Square Enix’s current plans do not involve making the series mobile-only”.
Revealed in February this year, Avalanche Studios is said to be working on Mad Max 2. If true, the developer would have a huge workload if they are also creating Just Cause 5, especially since they are working on the co-op contraband game Contraband Too in partnership with Xbox Game Studios.
In other news, a free Saints Row customization game is set to release very soon, and Rollerdrome could be part of PS Plus Extra and Premium in August.