Just Cause dev talks next-gen: ‘we want to be the best open world studio’

Tuesday, 25th September 2012 12:28 GMT By Dave Cook

Just Cause 2 developer Avalanche Studios is heavily rumoured to be working on a third game in the series for PC and next-gen consoles, and in doing so, wants to become the best open world studio in the world. Studio head Christofer Sundberg has revealed how his team plans on doing that.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Sundberg stated, “We are set on becoming the best open world developer. That’s our ultimate goal. “It’s a very competitive genre. Rockstar is more of a phenomenon than a competitor. What we can offer to the genre is diversity, which very few other open world developers can.”

Teasing the site, Sundberg stated that the Just Cause franchise is “absolutely perfect for next generation consoles based on what we know so far”.

Eurogamer adds that Avalanche is currently working on three big projects – one original IP that could plausibly be Just Cause 3, and two licensed titles – while the studio’s New York arm is currently developing Project Mamba, slated for PC and consoles in 2014.

One thing is for sure, the studio won’t be moving away from open worlds any time soon, “We believe in the idea of continuing to build those big worlds with a lot of fun and crazy content to play around with,” Sundberg added.”

“Open world game players are anarchists, just like us,” he continued, “It’s funny. When you tell a player in one of our games to go right, they always go left. Planning around that mindset, that you can never predict what the player will do, and always counting on the player to break your game, is quite interesting.”

So, Just Cause 3. Do you want to see it on next-gen? Let us know below.



  1. Maximum Payne

    They are leaving it for next gen because I think JC3 would look practically same on this gen because they did phenomenal job on JC2.
    MW2-MW3 syndrome :D

    #1 2 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Please make a story people care about, with less ridiculous accents. Mercenaries 1 managed to do that without any problems, so should you.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. mad1723

    Well they technically are already the best open world studio in my books. JC2 was amazing, the map was huge and varied and there was what a lot of games are missing these days: FUN! :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. UuBuU

    Just Cause 2′s gameworld was nice to look at and was great in terms of size, but it seemed so hollow and lifeless. If you treat it simply as a big playground for the grappling hook gimmick, that’s fine, but if they want to produce the best open world game then they really need to aim for more depth.

    Exploration should be more exciting and worthwhile. There should be more meaningful interaction between the player-character and the environment. And some subtle RPG elements wouldn’t hurt.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    Been replaying some JC2 since it was included on PS+. It’s a technical marvel it really is, and fun by the bucket load.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Edo

    @4 I absolutely agree,the game was fun for sure and it was really great doing all those stunts that included grappling hook.But,it lacked refinement,the upgrades for the weapons were generic as they get and surely we can do something else besides creating chaos.

    #6 2 years ago

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