Just Cause 3 developer considered multiplayer for sequel, praises PS4’s Share button

The developer behind Just Cause 3 has revealed that it at one point discussed the possibility of a multiplayer component for the upcoming open-world sequel.

Speaking during an interview with GameSpot, Just Cause 3 Game Director, Roland Lesterlin, said that while the studio decided to focus on the single-player campaign in the end, it doesn’t mean we won’t see something to do with multiplayer later down the line. He also spoke highly of the PS4’s Share button allowing gamers to capture moments of their experience for other players to enjoy.

We did talk about it a lot. The modding community even created a multiplayer mod for Just Cause 2 that was super fun, really cool. The same way that Just Cause 2 was known as a beautiful sandbox in a giant open world, and it surprised many people that consoles could even do that, we wanted to have that same experience… with updated physics and player mechanics, and concentrate first and foremost in the main player.”

What we found was that a lot of players loved sharing videos of what they did. So we wanted to work on the asynchronous side of things. The challenges, ghost mode within leaderboards, being able to challenge your friends to beat feats you did in the world. Having these great PS4 Share feature and the Xbox upload feature, and Steam now has a spectator mode too. Having all these things in there feels perfect for a Just Cause game. It doesn’t mean we wouldn’t think about what to do with multiplayer in the future, but for this first time around we wanted to pour all our love and energy into a great single-player sandbox to start with.”

Just Cause 3 is due out on PS4, PC, and Xbox One on December 1. The sequel takes place on the fictional island of Medici, with players controlling protagonist Rico Rodriguez as he returns home after leaving The Agency. However, he soon discovers the island is in fact under the control of General Di Ravello, a brutal dictator hell bent on world domination. Many of the signature features of the game’s predecessor, 2010’s Just Cause 2, will return for the sequel, including the grappling hook and parachute, although their functionality has been slightly improved this time around.

New to the table this time includes a wingsuit, which allows Rodriguez to navigate the game world more easily by gliding across the landscape. As ever, destruction will be a main theme, with players able to wreak havoc across the island as they see fit with an arsenal of powerful weaponry, including shotguns, RPGs, machine-guns and more. Furthermore, Just Cause 3 will include an assortment of vehicles such as planes, exotic cars, ships and more. Avalanche Studios opted to eschew any traditional multiplayer and co-op elements for Just Cause 3 however, wishing instead to focus all of its manpower on building a comprehensive single-player offering.

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