Ready to introduce a little anarchy?
It's the fourth mainline instalment in the hit action series and one which ships our roguish anti-hero Rico Rodriguez off to Solís, a huge South American world home of "conflict, oppression and extreme weather conditions." Sounds charming!
Said to be the most personal Just Cause game yet, Avalanche's sequel places Rico on a collision course with Gabriela Morales (more on that later), as the two square off under the sun-kissed skies of Solís. Oh, and to make matters worse, Rico is about to uncover the hidden truths about his father.
"Spearhead the rebellion and defeat the Black Hand, a hi-tech private military organisation. Face off against Gabriela Morales – your most fierce, capable, and unpredictable adversary yet. Uncover the truth of Rico’s father’s past life on Solís’ and its extreme weather."
If you're at all familiar with the Just Cause series, you'll know that the laws of physics tend to go out the window when Rico's behind the wheel. Such is the case with Just Cause 4, which projects that signature style of gameplay (read: open-world mayhem) across the plains of Solís.
Speaking of which, Solís is the fictional South American world in which Just Cause 4 takes place.
It's also an incredibly diverse landscape, filled with rainforests and grasslands and blistering deserts, all of which are displayed in this handy overview trailer.
You know him, of course; he's only the bleeding protagonist of the Just Cause series. But the fourth title hopes to dig a little deeper in that Rico discovers an inconvenient truth: his father worked with the Black Hand, the world's deadliest private army.
And so begins a deeply personal odyssey into the wilderness.
This journey ultimately leads our hero into the hands of Gabriela Morales, leader of the Black Hand and the only one capable of standing toe-to-toe with Rico. Cue the fireworks...
If Gabriela Morales is the head of the snake, then the Black Hand is very much the intricate organization pulling the strings behind Solís. They're capable of blowing just about anything to kingdom come, thanks to their military-grade hardware. Then again, Rico isn't one to bring a knife to a gunfight.
"If you can imagine it, you can do it."
That's the advice from Avalanche Studios going into the release of Just Cause 4, which really gives you an idea of the amount of player agency lying in wait.
In the eyes of Game director Francesco Antolini, Just Cause 4 has a chance of becoming the best open world sandbox game, well, ever.
Here's what he had to say:
"We want to make the best open world sandbox ever. We want to be the sandbox that gives the biggest possibility for expression in an open world. We wanted to push our physics to the boundary, and we wanted to get back to a feeling of variety and discovery that I feel we lost a little bit with Just Cause 3."
Part of the reason why Just Cause graduated to the Apex game engine was to enable Avalanche to unleash extreme weather—be it blizzards, sandstorms, or tornadoes—upon the unsuspecting Rico. And the results are pretty spectacular.
Eager to scope out Solís in all its glory? Look no further than this interactive map from Avalanche Studios.
Like we mentioned before, Just Cause 4 heralds the franchise's debut on Apex, and it shows. Granted, Avalanche has been quick to point out that the software upgrade enables smarter AI and refined gameplay, too.
Curious to know a little more about how Just Cause 4 was made? We've got you covered.
The official Just Cause 4 trophy list was recently published, and yes, it's comprised of 34 accolades in total—one of which is that all-important Platinum.
Should you choose to preorder Just Cause 4 prior to release, you'll be entitled to the Day One Edition, which bundles together the full game with an add-on known as the Neon Racer Pack.
The PSLS review of Just Cause 4 will go live at the beginning of next week, so stay tuned.