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Just Cause 3: “too early” to talk about it says Avalanche, but gives Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod its blessing

Friday, 6 December 2013 11:44 GMT By Dave Cook

Just Cause 3 is on the table, but it’s too early to talk about it, according to developer Avalanche Studios. However, the team has given JC2-MP’s Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod its blessing, following confirmation that it’s headed to Steam.

It follows Avalanche’s dev diary, during which the studio visits the jungles of Costa Rica to conduct environment research. Just Cause 2 was set in a jungle, remember? Could this sign-post the development of Just Cause 3? It seems plausible.

However, speaking with Eurogamer, Avalanche founder Christofer Sundberg was asked if the multiplayer mod has inspired a similar feature in Just Cause 3, when it happens.

He replied, “The multiplayer mod has been really inspiring to us. We have been discussing what we’d like to do with the Just Cause IP in the future, but it’s too early to talk about it just yet.”

Elsewhere, he commented on the mod’s success and the warm reaction from fans so far. “At first we couldn’t believe it was real,” he stressed. “It was a very positive surprise for us. When the community takes such an interest in your game, it’s a very solid stamp of approval.

“We reached out to the guys quite early and obviously gave them our blessing. The JC2-MP team has done a fantastic job. They are a super-talented group of game developers that I’d love to work closer with them in the future, despite the physical distance between us.”

When asked if Avalanche ever considered multiplayer for Just Cause 2, he replied, “Of course we did, but for budget and timing reasons those plans fell through. Personally, I’ve never been of the opinion that Rico as a character was well suited for multiplayer, but the world certainly is.”

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5 Comments

  1. SameeR_Fisher

    That’s cool, so how about showing us a gameplay demo for Mad Max ?!

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Asgaro

    Awesome to see these developers are so open to modding!

    It’s why the PC platform will always win in my eyes. Power to community created content.

    I have played already in quite some Beta tests of the Just Cause 2 MP mod and it’s really fun. You also notice Just Cause 2 gets significantly more played on Steam when the mod is live for Beta testing.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. YoungZer0

    @2: “Awesome to see these developers are so open to modding!”

    You better believe that not a single developer would be against modding. It’s the publishers that are against it. Most of them only care about the fast money, not a healthy long term relationship with their target audience. Mods allow just that. Your games stay longer on the radar, but when you release a new game of the same franchise every year that is supposed to replace the last one, you don’t care about the support.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. TheWulf

    @2

    The problem is is that the PC shouldn’t have to “win” anything, and it shows how completely and utterly wrong the industry is that we even think that way. We shouldn’t.

    No, this is the only correct way to think about the desktop PC: The desktop PC is the best development and creation platform.

    That’s a truth that can’t be shaken because of the nature of what such a computer is. I have artist friends who’ll tell you that tablets just don’t have the proper sensitivity for them to actually do their art. And by pressing on the screen in the way they’d need to, they’re likely to damage it even with a screen protector.

    On the other hand, they can get a cheap touch screen monitor and an even cheaper Monoprice tablet for their PC. This is the preferred way of doing things of professional artists and those working on art assets in game development.

    And due to the nature of the platform, it’s also easy to develop and compile on the PC at really fast speeds. You can turn a PC into a comfortable development environment and land new binaries quickly. This is why patches for Elder Scrolls games land on the PC first, because they’re just compiled and released, there’s no jumping through hoops.

    So, the desktop PC is the best development platform. People are always going to be making experimental games and indie games on it, too, along with mods for AAA games. And AAA developers will continue to develop on a PC then port to a console.

    But there’s where it breaks.

    When they port to the console, no further development can be done! WHy? The console is not a development platform. Now, here’s the point where many console owners will think I’m disrespecting them, but I’m not, I’m just pointing out the obvious flaws of a closed system.

    Let’s say, instead, that we had a console PC. Like the Steam Machines Valve is working on.

    I create art assets on my desktop PC.

    I develop a mod on my desktop PC.

    You can play it on your console PC.

    I create art assets on my desktop PC.

    I create an indie/experimental game on my desktop PC.

    You can play it on your console PC.

    I’m using ‘console PC’ as a term for an open platform console which is compatible with the PC, which is what Valve is trying to do. That way, you can play a mod on your console the same way that I can on my desktop. If you want to play the JC2-MP mod on your console, you can’t. You can’t because it’s a closed platform with gatekeepers. Sony and Microsoft say you can’t, so you can’t. That’s that.

    But if your console were also a PC, then you’d push a button in the mod shop (like the Steam Workshop) and you’d have access to it!

    Push button. Get mod.

    The desktop PC isn’t a superior platform, it’s a development platform.

    The PC in general isn’t a superior platform, it’s an open platform.

    If we had consoles which worked in the ways that computers do (perhaps with Steam Big Picture mode), then console owners could install and play all of the games and mods that we do. They wouldn’t be able to develop on such a beast because it’s not a development platform, but they would be able to enjoy all that was created.

    I can’t help but stress this.

    A lot of the hatred and elitism that occurs between consoles and PC owners is due to haves and have-nots. The console owners don’t have access to all this stuff we have. And why not? Why not?! Because of the utter stupidity of Microsoft and Sony, that’s why not! Microsoft and Sony built their consoles as closed systems, and ultimately, they’re to blame.

    This is why I hope Valve takes over the console market, because they deserve to. Just as console owners deserve the right to play anything I can. To say that they shouldn’t be able to is wrong.

    If I can play a mod, or a game, then anyone on any other relevant platfrom should be able to as well.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Asgaro

    @3
    “A lot of the hatred and elitism that occurs between consoles and PC owners is due to haves and have-nots. The console owners don’t have access to all this stuff we have. And why not? Why not?! Because of the utter stupidity of Microsoft and Sony, that’s why not! Microsoft and Sony built their consoles as closed systems, and ultimately, they’re to blame.”

    I can’t disagree with that!
    I also look forward to what the Steam Machines will bring. Although personally I’m pretty sure I won’t move my gaming from my desktop PC to a TV (I prefer mouse & keyboard), I can only encourage the initiatives Valve is taking!

    Like you say, it’s all about the openness they provide. Valve will show Sony and MS how it’s done. And I hope the console market gets shaken up quite a bit.

    I personally don’t see how console gamers can keep living will all the garbage you read about nowadays:
    - prices from 60 to even 70 euro for a game at release. And yes, I know you can get it cheaper. But the point is the prices go up every generation.
    - digital distributed games are too expensive because Sony and MS dont want to hurt their retail partners
    - microtransactions seem to pop up at a fast rate
    - DLC
    - season passes
    - certification process for patches. Seriously, why is this still in place? On PC there is no certification process and I don’t notice a significant increase in faulty patches or what the hell I should be expecting LOL!

    On top of that: consoles become more and more like PCs!
    - they get the same functionality PCs have: media playback, streaming, social network integration, …
    - they also receive the same ISSUES console gamers in the past had not to think about:
    > patches are very frequent
    > crashes seem to happen more often
    > games have to be installed
    > disk management: console gamers will now also to watch their disk usage

    You see more and more that consoles actually become PCs. So they lose the user friendliness generation after generation bit by bit.

    On top of that, the only other advantage they have, “inexpensive” is literally bullshit now that Steam and all those key shops come into play.

    Console gaming cost WAY more when you think about how much you can save on PC games. And I’m aware you can save also on console games by buying at stores like Amazon, but there is still a big difference at what time they drop in price.
    On top of that they have to pay – lets say – at least 5 years x 50 euro = 250 euro for accessing multiplayer and other features.

    PC: you do 1 rather big purchase in the beginning but then you are settled because you can buy all your games for 15 euro max in a few months after release.
    Console: you do a smaller purchase but the investments you have to make over the long term are way bigger than on PC. Console games drop later in price, and multiplayer costs money.

    #5 1 year ago

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  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]