It’s becoming clear that Avanlanche Studios is looking to make Just Cause 4 their most ambitious game yet. It’s been apparent that Just Cause 4 was going to be a bigger game than its predecessors ever since its reveal at E3 2018, with four distinct biomes and all manner of inclement weather for rogue operative Rico Rodriguez to contend with. With the release of this in-depth gameplay trailer though, the game’s actual scale appears to be greater than originally indicated.
Salis still has four major biomes including a desert, grasslands, mountains and a rainforest, but there’s also quite a bit of diversity within each region as well. The rainforest region, for example, offers the usual jungle overgrowth one would expect, but also massive caves to delve into and hidden temples to explore as well. There’s also plenty of cityscape to mess around in should one ever tire of Solis’ wilderness.
In terms of narrative structure, Just Cause 4 will be even more open-ended than ever before. Players can conduct their war against the Black Hand in any way that they choose. All objectives will be available to Rico from the very start, so it’ll be up to individual players to decide how they want their confrontation with this shadowy and high-tech paramilitary force to play out. Of course, one doesn’t have to engage with the story at all if they don’t want to.
Avalanche Studios is continuing their efforts to lean into what made Just Cause 2 so beloved by fans. Rico’s iconic tools have been upgraded to give players even more freedom of movement and opportunities to get creative. They’ve given him even more options in the form of things like balloons capable of floating just about anything he wants to wherever he needs it to go. Players can also look forward to more vehicles with refined controls and even more ridiculous weapons to throw against their enemies. He can even take all of this into active battlefields to wreak incredible amounts of chaos upon the Black Hand. In other words, the world of Just Cause 4 is the player’s to do with as they choose. All they really need to do is decide what exactly they want to do with it.
Just Cause 4 launches for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on December 4.