During a financial results briefing in May, Square Enix announced that a new Just Cause game is on the way. the information document (opens in new tab) Square Enix addresses $300 million sale from multiple overseas studios (opens in new tab) Hey P (appeared in resetera (opens in new tab)), including the Deus Ex and Tomb Raider series, and describes the publisher’s intentions in the future:
“[The transaction’s] The main objective was to reorient our portfolio,” writes Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda. “We especially revisited our portfolios of studios and titles with a view to increasing our offering of online titles that we developed for the North American and European market. We want to focus on creating new titles that align with our strategy, including those that leverage the new IP. The JUST Cause franchise will remain our intellectual property, and we are working on developing a new title in the franchise.”
So that’s pretty clear, although yolo fans explosively through paradise are concerned about the game being placed in the context of online titles. The series has not had an online mode before, although there are mods that allow for this functionality. It doesn’t seem like an obvious fit – until you start thinking about the wild success of GTA Online, another third-person open-world game, or the success of the battle royale genre.
All this is just my speculation: the new Just Cause could very well be a singleplayer game like all the previous ones. Heck, it could even be a mobile title. But Avalanche Studios, developers of the series (as well as Mad Max and Rage 2) are currently working on an open-world multiplayer game called Contraband: a “co-op smuggler’s paradise set in the fictional world of Bayan from the 70s.” It’s unconfirmed. that Avalanche is developing this new entry.
A little more positively, Matsuda also addressed the impression that Square Enix intended to use the proceeds from the sale of these studios to further invest in blockchain and NFT nonsense. Not so, apparently:
“Rather than using the proceeds from the divestiture in new investment domains such as NFT and blockchain, we intend to primarily use them to fund our efforts to promote solid IP and enhance our development capabilities in our core digital entertainment segment.”
Making good games, in other words. Hey, I thought Eidos Montreal was really hot, but that’s life. The sale of these studios was unexpected, but life is usually pretty rosy for Square Enix: last year, it had a profit of US$ 394 million (opens in new tab) even if, whatever Matsuda is saying, it keeps tapping on the blockchain (opens in new tab) Too much. So get ready for the NFTs Rich in 3, 2, 1…