Another new gameplay trailer showcased during Square Enix's E3 2018 presentation provides the best look yet at what to expect from Just Cause 4's new features and effects. Rico Rodriguez's latest adventure promises to keep what many fans loved about Just Cause 3 while also introducing an abundance of new features and improvements, including an "extreme weather" system.
Three years after the release of Just Cause 3, fans will be able to get their hands on the next installment in the franchise. Fans were wondering if Just Cause 4 was in the works when its title was included in the infamous Walmart Canada leak. It became obvious that an announcement was coming when an ad for Just Cause 4 was released on Steam. The game was officially unveiled by Square Enix and Avalanche Studios with a trailer at E3 during the Xbox showcase. Many fans were blown away by the impressive sight of Rico driving into a tornado.
At Square Enix's E3 presentation, Screen Rant saw additional gameplay of Just Cause 4 that was shown which gave fans a much deeper look at the new features. The trailer puts a focus on the game's weather system. Aside from tornadoes, Rico can also encounter sandstorms, forked lightning, and blizzards. These weather disasters can level bridges, destroy cars and planes, and cause all forms of destruction to the environment.
Rico himself can create plenty of havoc on his own. With improvements made to Rico's grapple and big improvements to the driving mechanics of vehicles (and the addition of a bunch of new vehicle types), the game presents players with even more opportunities for mayhem. The trailer shows Rico chaining numerous cars together, and sandwiching enemies between vehicles. The grapple has more tethers, allowing for the player to connect more objects than ever. The addition of booster rockets lets players airlift vehicles and other objects. Rico can unleash even more destruction by taking control of cranes and wrecking balls.
The new franchise villain serving as the primary antagonist in the fourth installment is Gabriella, the leader of a private militia called the Black Hand. Just Cause 4 will send Rico to a fictional South American country known as Solis, which appears to be a technologically advanced society. Solis is described as a "beautiful location" filled with oppression, fear, and violence. Rico will have to contend with more intelligent enemies, as AI has improved dramatically. The different types of enemies found in Just Cause 4 are designed to possess unique abilities.
One of the biggest takeaways from what we've seen of Just Cause 4 so far is that the new game has a lot in common with the previous installment and given that Just Cause 3 didn't have the staying power of the previous installment, we'll have to wait and see how they flesh out the sandbox this time. There also seems to be no multiplayer or co-op gameplay which hurt Just Cause 3 after the fan-made multiplayer mode helped breathe new life into Just Cause 2.
Just Cause 4 launches December 4, 2018 on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and the PC via Steam.