The world of Just Cause has always been a destructive, beautiful series where fans can create some of the most over-the-top moments ever seen in gaming. Avalanche Studios knows what the franchise does well and they are looking to take things further than before.
Destructibility is an element in a fair amount of action games these days, and it has always been a part of Just Cause. In a recent interview with Red Bull, Just Cause 3 Game Director Roland Lesterlin talked about their desire to take destruction to the next level in addition to how the game’s physics engine, Havok, is assisting in that.
“Of course Just Cause is known for destruction and beautiful explosions, so we wanted to make sure we were really getting out in front of that one. Thanks to our relationship with Havok, which has been amazing over the years, we’ve been able to really push our destruction to another level there and really push huge, epic explosions,” Lesterlin said.
As is the nature of creating a sequel, Avalanche Studios wants to push the experience Just Cause 3 delivers and a big part of that is taking the things the series does well and pushing those forward. Destruction is a core pillar of the Just Cause franchise, so it’ll be interesting to see how much of the game’s environment is indeed destructible.
If you look at the color palate of a lot of games these days, gray tends to be one of the most common shades. The Just Cause series has always been about delivering a brighter presentation and Just Cause 3 won’t relinquish that. Lesterlin spoke about the team’s approach to the world of Just Cause 3.
“The Just Cause series has always been a vacation compared to other games, it has really bright colours, that saturated feel, that sense of the crystal blue waters and the green trees and beautiful beaches. We really wanted to keep that vibe, but we had done the jungle twice and a lot of other games had followed suit there.
“So we wanted to look around for a place that would give us both the beautiful crystal blue waters and that vacation feel, but at the same time have really vertical landscapes. And that’s when we ended up with the Mediterranean – which also gives us all of the history of humanity behind it,” Lesterlin said.
There are some beautiful landscapes we’ve seen from previous games, but Far Cry 3’s landscape comes to mind when hearing Lesterlin talk about Just Cause 3. The colorful world is certainly a breath of fresh air these days, but seeing a world that has some gray could be a fine compliment to the overall colorful setting.
We do not know when Just Cause 3 will be launching, but it should be out sometime during the holiday season. Just Cause 3 will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.