'Just Cause 3' Confirmed For PS4, Xbox One And PC, Micro-Transactions Addressed By Avalanche

The leaks for Just Cause 3 were both confirmed and denied Tuesday. Avalanche Studios made the game official for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC while also addressing the rumors that the game will feature the ever-dreaded micro-transactions.

The news hit first with the reveal of the December issue of Game Informer. The game moves from the fictional Caribbean and Southeast Asian islands of the first two games to the fictional Mediterranean home city of series protagonist Rico Rodriguez. He's returned to overthrow an evil dictator who has taken control.

The new map features a huge map approximately the size of Just Cause 2 containing cities, islands, mountains, and plenty of ocean. There's potentially more content though as the new engine is said to allow more verticality of the terrain than before.

Expect the same kind free-roaming sandbox gameplay that the Just Cause games are known for with just enough story to keep things moving. Control has been tweaked to be more responsive with the grapple hook being more forgiving with targeting. Avalanche is currently targeting a 2015 release for Just Cause 3 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. No release window was given so it's not clear what quarter of the year it will potentially be out. Those leaked images showing micro-transactions though? You can go ahead and erase them from your memory.

"Following last week's rumors and speculation, we also wanted to take the opportunity to address a few misconceptions," Avalanche Co-founder Christofer Sundberg wrote on the studio's website. "Those leaked screenshots were taken from an ancient version of Just Cause 3. Like most games, this one went through an exploratory phase where we looked at different control schemes, different technologies, different business models. Those leaked screenshots show aspects of that process, and in no way reflect the game we are making today."

"To be perfectly clear: Just Cause 3 will be available in 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. It will be distributed as a retail box and digital download. It is not a Free To Play game. It does not feature in-game micro transactions."

While micro-transactions won't be included with Just Cause 3, Avalanche is looking at ways to support the game with DLC post-launch. Don't expect an official multiplayer mode though. It looks like they are going the same route as Just Cause 2 where a mod turned the single-player game into a multiplayer game.

If you're interested in Just Cause 3, be sure to check out the full Game Informer article. There's too much information to cover here. Until then, how do you like the sound of the game so far? Sound off in the comments below.

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