Yesterday brought the first gameplay trailer for Just Cause 3. It was a lot to take in, with developer Avalanche Studios shoving as much one second action clips into a video as they could. At some point, they must have realised there was a limit to how much the average human could take in over the span of a minute, so they put up a list of the ten new features the trailer was showing off. Some of these sound a little like marketing spin, but others sound absolutely smashing.
Intended to complement Rico’s grapple and parachute, the wingsuit looks like a hang glider you can wear. It’ll have Rico swooping through the air at high speed, and when paired with the grapple he’ll be able to slingshot through tunnels, under bridges, and other cool stuff.
Speaking of Rico’s grapple, it’s apparently had some upgrades. It can now tether up to 5 things, which Avalanche Studios says will take “the creative destruction that made Just Cause 2 such a success to a whole new level.” There’s obviously near limitless possibilities here, but Avalanche suggest things like hanging buses from helicopters and creating car catapults. Fun.
It’s not clear how explosions are supposed to be new to a series like this, but Avalanche Studios is insisting they’ll be on a whole new level in Just Cause 3. They’ve packed the world with all kinds of things that go boom, which creates the potential for chain explosions.
There’s not much to say about this one. Just Cause 3 apparently features a new “physics-based destruction system,” which just means that every explosion is unique.
The “Reeled Hang”
This is another upgrade to the grapple. When Rico latches onto the underside of an object, he’ll hang upside down. This will free up his arms to shoot and throw whatever he wants at whatever he wants.
Ever looked at a corn field and thought it needed to be taught a lesson? In Just Cause 3, you’ll be able to show all kinds of plants what you think of them. You can blow up trees, flatten flowers, and run over those pesky cornfields with your car.
Just Cause 3 adds monorail trains as a brand new vehicle to the series. Like any other mode of transportation in Just Cause, Avalanche Studios promises monorails are ripe with opportunities for destruction.
Why these are called “miniguns” is beyond me. Avalanche Studios calls the one featured in the trailer a “bullet-spraying behemoth.” It’ll carve right through anything that stands in its way. So don’t stand in its way.
Bringing the Just Cause series one step closer to its dream of destroying everything, Rico can now bring down bridges. There’s any number of ways to destroy a bridge, but the trailer suggests flying a helicopter into one and seeing what happens.
Just Cause 3 brings the ability to walk on top of moving vehicles. Rico can now strut his stuff across the wings of a plane, surf on the roof of a car, or skip across the top of a monorail. Avalanche Studios says this will lead to “crazier stunts than ever before.”