Avalanche Studios has confirmed that its open-world action game Just Cause 3 will be getting a full retail release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2015. The game graces the cover of Game Informer's December issue, and the team has also released a brand new trailer to show off what it has in mind.

So far, we know that it will journey into a fictional Mediterranean nation and that Rico Rodriguez will be returning as the protagonist, albeit with a new weird 'NSYNC haircut. A little more worrisome is that Avalanche states that the parachute and grappling hook mechanics have been "vastly improved." This can mean that the freedoms and experimental nature of Just Cause 2 have been replaced with a lifeless, scripted action, or it can mean that it has even more freedoms and chances to toy around.

Oh well, at least they didn't use the word "polished."

Shortly after the unveil, Avalanche Studio CCO Christofer Sundberg also issued a letter to fans on the company's official website, thanking them for their patience for this highly anticipated sequel. He also took the time to address last week's speculation that the game would feature microtransactions and a free-to-play payment method, stating very clearly that it will not and that the screenshot leaks were of an "ancient" build.

Following last week's rumours and speculation, we also wanted to take the opportunity to address a few misconceptions. Those leaked screenshots were taken from an ancient version of Just Cause 3. Like most games, this one went through an exploratory phase where we looked at different control schemes, different technologies, different business models. Those leaked screenshots show aspects of that process, and in no way reflect the game we are making today.

To be perfectly clear: Just Cause 3 will be available in 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. It will be distributed as a retail box and digital download. It is not a Free To Play game. It does not feature in-game micro transactions.

Whew, dodged a bullet with that one. Thank goodness I remembered my parachute and grappling hook today. Just Cause 2 was a smash hit that wound up selling 6 million units as well as stealing the hearts of those who love chaos. It is a fan-favorite in the gaming crowd, and I'm glad to see that all is well so far.

Just Cause 3 will be getting a full release in 2015 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Check out the upcoming issue of GameInformer and, of course, here at TechnoBuffalo for more information.