Just Cause dev has worked with ‘impressive’ Xbox One for some time

Thursday, 30th May 2013 10:19 GMT By Dave Cook

Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios founder founder Christofer Sundberg has revealed that his team has been working with Xbox One for some time, and that he understands the disappointment following Microsoft’s reveal. That said, he’s hopeful the company can make amends at E3.

Speaking with Videogamer, Sundberg said, “I understand the disappointment of many fans, but I am confident their disappointment is in the lack of focus on games during the reveal, rather than in the console. I hope that Microsoft will turn that around during E3.

“I personally understand the focus on TV and cross-media entertainment at the reveal. If Microsoft had presented the Xbox One as the ‘ultimate gaming console’ they’d [have] quickly lost the attention from mainstream media.”

Elsewhere, Sundberg confirmed Avalanche had been “working with the Xbox One for quite some time,” and added, “Our impressions from first sight until the recent public reveal have been positive. It’s an impressive piece of hardware, and powerful hardware will obviously help our games look fantastic.”

Avalanche is rumoured to be working on an open-world Mad Max game. It is currently rumoured to be on hold.

Thanks IGN.



  1. Malmer

    Spot on!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. orakaa

    Honestly, Xbox One reveal was REALLY weak for gamers (Xbox has been, from the start and before anything else, a gaming console), but it would have absolutely not mattered if the problem was just about the focus and lack of games.

    People know E3 is coming and Microsoft will reveal games there, or at least we suppose so (and maybe the majority won’t be Kinect games).

    The real problems are about:
    - the mandatory Internet connection at least once every day or week (more than 25% of the 360 had never been connected to the net, according to Microsoft themselves)
    - blocking used games and restricting use of the console and its games (less freedom)
    - mandatory Kinect, who collects and reports data (we don’t know what, to who and for what use)

    Those are way more serious concerns than just “not enough focus on games”.
    Avalanche Studios know that, but they will obviously not phrase it as they are working on multi-platform games.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. MFBB

    Well you can turn the Kinect thing off.

    But i agree with the rest.

    Worst thing about the new Xbox is online check in every 24 hours and for me especially the cloud based graphics.

    Which means traffic for your connection+latency problems and when your internet connection is not 100%…. also playing offline, all games will look worse cause you dont have those 300.000 Microsoft server cloud doing all kind of calculations for the game.

    It is clearly a dont buy sign for me as i dont want to support such things.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Superfrog

    @3 – “Well you can turn the Kinect thing off.”

    I’m not sure about that. I think the console requires Kinect to be connected and running at all times. You could of course manually cover or tape the sensor, but will you be able to turn off the mic? These concerns, among several others, need to be clarified by MS asap.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. KineticCalvaria

    @4, there was an article saying it could be turned off in the privacy settings.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. orakaa

    @5 : No. They confirmed on multiple occasion that Kinect will HAVE to be plugged on the console and working, otherwise the console would not run programs/games.

    If you could REALLY turn the thing off, then Kinect wouldn’t be mandatory and you could unplug the thing, which is not the case.
    What you can custom is just how some apps will interact with Kinect, not what Microsoft will do with the data collected even when you are not actively using the camera.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    Camera can be deactivated when plugged in like current Kinect.

    “We will have something similar for the Kinect with Xbox One. The system is designed to have Kinect be an integral part of the experience. It’s not the case where you’ll be able to remove the camera altogether. But you’ll be able to put the system in modes where you can be completely secure about the fact that the camera is off and can’t see you.”

    #7 2 years ago
  8. orakaa

    @7: If that would REALLY be true, then people could plug the damn thing off, but different execs from Microsoft strictly confirmed that the Xbox One would NOT work if the camera is NOT plugged in.

    Why? Look at the different patents from Microsoft, like the one about Kinect checking the number of people in the living room and refusing to launch a video/program or request an additional fee if there are too many people. Or read between the lines when they say that the data recorded by Kinect will be stored and shared “only” amongst their partners.

    Connect the dots.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. The_Red

    The rumors about Just Cause 3 and Mirror’s Edge 2 being X1 exclusives are really worrying me. I mean, both series are great but why exclusive to the one console that is aimed mostly at non-gamers?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. tenthousandgothsonacid

    They couldn’t have launched it as “the ultimate gaming console” anyway as everyone would have just pointed at the ps4 spec sheet and laughed in their faces.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. viralshag

    “aimed mostly at non-gamers?” lolz.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    Of course they’d prefer you to keep it plugged in, but there is functionality to turn off the camera in the system settings. If you then went on to do something which needed the camera they could ask you to plug it back in. It is true, they’ve said it was true, it’s just like Kinect 1 and nothing they’ve said contradicts other info.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. orakaa

    @12: oh, if they said it, then we should trust them?

    Again, if Kinect NEEDS to be connected/plugged, then, to me, it means there is some kind of monitoring, otherwise you could just unplug the thing. There would be NO reason for Kinect to be mandatory plugged and in front of you.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    I think you might need to order some bacofoil for a new hat.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. manamana

    I think, I understand why so many left EpicGames. They where simply underwhelmed and didn’t wanted to go the multimedia-kinected route. Wouldn’t be surprised, seeing Cliff on the Sony side…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. orakaa

    @14: really? I’m talking about a connected camera in the living room, about genuine security and/or privacy issue and your only argument is to raise the “conspiration theory”/paranoia on those who have issues with that?
    What’s next? Godwin point?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DrDamn

    I’m saying you can turn the camera off, like they said you could and like you can already with the Kinect. Are you saying these setting don’t turn it off? Really? A company like MS would really actively lie about something like that? Can you imagine the lawsuits?

    #17 2 years ago
  18. orakaa

    @17: They say you can turn SOME options off.
    If I could completely turn it off, then why is it MANDATORY to have it plugged? Why can’t I put in a cupboard if I don’t want to have it here?

    Don Mattrick specifically said that it needed to remain plugged and working, that it would go on stand-by so that Kinect would launch the console on voice recognition. He said that this was mandatory and “part of the experience” and that is why the Xbox One would not work if Kinect is not present and working.
    So there is obviously a lie somewhere.

    Do you think Australian and German authorities are conspiration theorists too?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DrDamn

    “you’ll be able to put the system in modes where you can be completely secure about the fact that the camera is off and can’t see you.” – that still doesn’t contradict anything. Camera =/= voice recognition. Obviously they will be using Kinect to record all your conversations and upload them to a MS servers though…

    RE:German Commissioner – He’s doing his job, I doubt he actually knows any more than you.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. orakaa

    @19: From that same article, “it’s not the case where you’ll be able to remove the camera altogether”

    Yeah… right…

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DrDamn

    But you can still turn the camera off. How is that contradictory or a lie? Just because they won’t let you unplug it? Maybe because they want the voice recognition to continue without the camera?

    #21 2 years ago

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