Square Enix and Avalanche Studios unveiled the world premiere official cinematic trailer for the next chapter in their open-world sandbox adventure series Just Cause at the Microsoft Xbox Conference of E3 2018. Just Cause 4 was previously leaked ahead of E3 by Valve’s distribution platform Steam.

Offering “everything you loved about Just Cause,” the new sequel will introduce “new ground-breaking features,” and  “a wide variety of tools”. According to Avalanche Studios, it is “quite possibly the most ambitious game we’ve ever made.”

The usual insane physics antics and unmatched levels of destruction return with the protagonist Rico’s trademark parachute, wingsuit, and grapple. The world of Solís will include with four distinct areas “that offer continuous variety, unique gameplay opportunities, and numerous characters to discover.”

Sporting the new Apex engine pushed to the max by “introducing real physics simulations that completely alter gameplay, allowing for more detailed, dense, and better-than-ever destruction,” the Extreme Weather in Just Cause 4 will be a “game-changer”. “Giant ground-shaking explosions are just the start in Just Cause 4. Tornados rip through the world, tearing bridges apart, dismantling airplanes mid-flight, and sending huge pieces of debris flying. Hurricane winds with torrential rain and lightning engulf Solís in a tropical storm, while sandstorms and blizzards with incredibly powerful winds will both hinder and help the player.”

Rico’s iconic grapple hook returns in Just Cause 4, now “massively enhanced and fully customizable.” These grapple hook upgrades open a whole host of unique, varied, and creative stunts. “You can customize all parameters of the grapple hook, as you can now wield so many more tethers compared to Just Cause 3. Boosters and retractors are back to complement the new airlifter function, enabling you to run wild with imaginative, heart-stopping stunts.”

The official trailer now confirms the release for December 4, 2018 on Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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Richard Costa

Staff Writer

Ape meets keyboard. Hack for hire, recovering academic and RPG enthusiast who started gaming on MSX in the late 80s, then witnessed the glorious 90s on PC.