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Square Enix has announced that it will bring the Just Cause series to Android with the release of a free-to-play shooter titled Just Cause: Mobile. The game is slated for a 2021 release, though it will not be handled by Avalanche Studios (the devs behind the console and PC games) but will instead be developed by a new team led by Square Enix.
You can view the announcement trailer directly above, and as you can see, this shooter offers an isometric view as you shoot your way to success. Staples in the series, such as your grappling hook, make an appearance, as well as parachuting from aircraft and ledges. Fans can expect a story campaign, as well as 30-person competitive multiplayer and 4-player co-op missions. The game is built on Unreal Engine 4 and will, of course, offer touch controls.
Since Just Cause: Mobile will be free-to-play, Square has been kind enough to confirm that in-app purchases will be included. Square has also made it a point to mention the company will not abandon the mainline console and PC series, which makes it clear Square understands a part of its audience hates F2P mobile games. Yet, the company is still going to release this title despite the poor reception that's guaranteed to go hand-in-hand with its announcement, tingling my spidey sense that Just Cause: Mobile will more than likely exist as a cash-grab.
Still, I'm sure more than a few people will be eager to get their hands on Just Cause: Mobile whenever it arrives, but since this is a new announcement where the details are still light, we'll all have to wait for further information as development progresses. Until then, feel free to check out the official website where you can sign up to receive updates and news about the game in your email.
- Just Cause: Mobile
Square Enix has released a new trailer for Just Cause Mobile
Square Enix has decided to start throwing events similar to Nintendo's Directs, and so today was the first Square Enix Presents. During this event, Square released a new cinematic trailer for the upcoming mobile version of Just Cause, which you can watch above.
Oddly enough, this trailer doesn't reveal much about the game since it's a cinematic, so we're basically at the same point we were in December when Square first announced Just Cause: Mobile. You'd think the studio would have something to show after four months, especially since the game is supposed to be releasing sometime this year. So here's hoping Square eventually finds the courage to show us what the game looks like in action before it's released. Until then, have fun watching the second cinematic trailer for Just Cause: Mobile.
Just Cause Mobile is now set for release in 2022
We have an important Just Cause: Mobile announcement to share. pic.twitter.com/zYW8csSSUs
— Just Cause: Mobile (@justcausemobile) July 12, 2021
The official Twitter account for Just Cause: Mobile has released a statement letting fans know the game has been delayed until 2022. Initially, Just Cause: Mobile was supposed to land sometime in 2021, and Square Enix even released a new trailer back in March to hype this upcoming release. It would seem the excuse is that COVID impacted development, though that doesn't really line up with the trailer released a couple of months back, but it sure explains why there was zero gameplay in that trailer. So even though it looks like Square knew well before today that Just Cause: Mobile wasn't on track, at least it's now official that it won't arrive this year.
So perhaps this delay is a good thing, allowing Square time to polish Just Cause: Mobile to an acceptable state. While I don't have much hope for the game since we already know it will be free-to-play, I'd rather it be late and polished instead of on-time and a disaster.