Square Enix has provided shareholders with updates on the future of the Just Cause series in its latest financial reports.
Earlier this year, Square Enix signed an agreement with Embracer Group to sell some of its Western studios for $300 million. Game franchises with longstanding relationships with Square Enix including Tomb Raider and Deus Ex were also sold as part of the transaction. However, the fate of some IPs remains uncertain, such as Just Cause.
Just Cause is a game franchise that the gaming community is still not sure if it will change hands or not. It is a series created by Avalanche Studios and originally released on PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Gamers control protagonist Rico Rodriguez in an open world whose main goal is to wreak havoc and free an island from an oppressive regime by any means necessary. Just Cause 4 is the latest installment in the series that released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in 2018.
In its latest year-end financial report, Square Enix assured shareholders that IP Just Cause was retained after the company sold part of its studios, and now a new game part is in development. develop. Quote from Yosuke Matsuda says: “We want to focus on creating new titles that align with our strategy, including new IPs. The JUST CAUSE brand will remain our IP and we are working on developing a new part of the gaming franchise.”
Since this information was disclosed by investors, no details have been confirmed by Square Enix itself. This news could be related to Just Cause Mobile which will launch this year on iOS and Android devices after being delayed due to COVID. This free-to-play game is being developed by a new team at Square Enix and will be a top-down PVP shooter where players compete against other players in one of four game modes. . However, Matsuda mentioned 2022/2023 expectations for their mobile division earlier in the presentation, where he highlighted Echoes Of Mana and Full Metal Alchemist Mobile as their new staples for the year. upcoming financials, which means that the new Just Cause game the company mentioned is not Just Cause Mobile.
In addition, Just Cause 5 may be led by Avalanche once again in the development process because the studio recently had job postings for an “unpublished AAA game”. However, the company is currently focusing on Contraband, an open-world co-op shooter exclusive to the Xbox Series X/S, meaning the title’s return could be years away.
While we don’t know what the game will look like at the moment, knowing that the Just Cause series remains a priority for Square Enix would be welcome news for fans of the series. It’s still unknown if the game will be announced during this month’s Summer Game Fest, but hopefully Just Cause fans will get more information soon even if it’s just a small, definite opening trailer. Get the survival of the next game.
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