Just Cause 2’s unofficial multiplayer mod was such a huge success that it accounted for far more sales than Square Enix or Avalanche Studios could have possibly dreamed of. You would think that Avalanche was going to try and emulate this success for the incoming sequel, Just Cause 3, am I right?
Well, maybe not. Avalanche CCO and co-founder Christofer Sundberg states through Game Informer that Just Cause 3 is not going to officially support multiplayer from at least its launch.
“We owe those guys a lot. They have actually supported the game and helped it stay alive so many years after it was released. We don’t expect the fans to make the multiplayer for Just Cause 3, but at some point you have to make a choice on where your focus is. Our strength is the sandbox experience, and we want to deliver a great Just Cause 3 experience.”
He also added that maybe Avalanche could get around to creating an official online world someday, but I doubt it will have to if the fans get there first. In other words, let me rephrase his quote… ahem… “We don’t expect the fans to make the multiplayer for Just Cause 3.” *wink wink*
Square Enix also recently hinted that Just Cause 3 could support multiplayer through its recently announced Shinra Technologies cloud-streaming service. Several Avalanche employees turned up in its ranks, leading some to believe they are working to make the game compatible in some way.
Senior Vice President of Business Jacob Navok also says of this cloud service: “What we see in the near future are cloud games that are developed from the ground up as well as games that are in an existing pipeline that we will enhance. For example, taking a game that doesn’t have multiplayer right now and easily giving it multiplayer is what we imagine for enhancements.”
So anything is possible and on the table, but seriously, why would you trust anybody working for a company called Shinra and goes about his business in a headquarters that looks like this?
Have we learned nothing over the last twenty years!? Just Cause 3 has been confirmed for a full release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in 2015.