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Just Cause 3 to be Free-to-Play? More Leaks Suggest Microtransactions

by Ron Duwell | November 8, 2014November 8, 2014 7:00 am PDT

Oh, fiddlesticks. Following the bunch from earlier this week, three more alleged Just Cause 3 screenshots have leaked from Xbox Underground, and it’s looking more and more like the game is going to be a free-to-play title.

Summing up from the in-game menus, gamers will have the opportunity to buy a pack of 400 “Diamonds” for $7 a pop. These diamonds will be used when buying or “renting” cars, whatever that means. No car I ever picked up in Just Cause 2 ever lasted more than a few minutes, so why bother renting?

Fans of the previous game might remember that equipment can be dropped at any time at any place for a decent portion of in game currency, but it seems like you’ll have to pay with real world money for those trucks and rifles now. I’ll be treating my purchases with a little more care if that’s the case. No more fun experimenting by tying them to the backs of airplanes. That’s real-world money you are wasting!

What happens if they start charging for parachutes? I go through those like a bag of Skittles!

Further evidence points to a countdown meter for the grenade launcher, something that is all too common in free-to-play titles. Granted, previous games had a very small time limit on how often these could be dropped, but never at the the upwards of five minutes. If this turns out to be free-to-play, who knows how many “diamonds” it’s going to take to make that time meter vanish quicker.

This is a shocking revelation, and a little disappointing considering how much of a fan favorite Just Cause 2 is. Granted, it would be wrong to dismiss Just Cause 3 just because it is rumored to be a free-to-play title. Maybe this is the title which warms our hearts to the idea, but also maybe not. Avalanche Studios is already working with the Mad Max license, which I think is going to have a lot of Just Cause 2’s spirit, and perhaps this was the best it could do for a little extra revenue.

We’ll wait for something official from the studio before jumping to and solid conclusions. Treat this a as rumor for now.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...