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Just Cause Dev: We're "Going Next-Gen On Your Asses"

It was likely that Just Cause 3 was going to be a next-gen project, anyway.

But now, it has become pretty clear that developer Avalanche Studios has no interest in doing anything else for the current generation of consoles.

Studio founder Christofer Sundberg recently posted up a compelling Tweet concerning the old dev kits they've got:

"We're shipping 'em back. Going next-gen on your asses."

It makes you wonder: How many other development teams have already embraced the next generation of hardware? How many have already said they're totally done with making games for the current round of consoles? The odd part about it is that most new games that straddle generations need to release for both the old and new systems, because a game needs the userbase of the old consoles. With combined sales of 150 million or so for the PS3 and 360, you can't really overlook that, can you...?

Tags: just cause 3, just cause sequel, avalanche studios, next gen, next gen games

11/23/2012 11:29:44 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (12 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 11:59:30 AM
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Maybe this will be the first generational shift where there aren't many games that will straddle consoles.

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Rogueagent01
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 12:50:51 PM
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I agree that is a very bad business move. You want to always cater to both for the first year or three, as the money you can make is undeniable. I really enjoyed Just Cause 2 and plan on getting the third when it is released so they can at least count on my money, but still that is a bad idea.

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SvenMD
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 3:26:41 PM

Yeah, you have to respect the installed user base. No sense in not catering to those millions of gamers....

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Rogueagent01
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 11:19:00 AM

I mean if just 1% of current gen gamers bought the game(for current systems) that would be $90,000,000. And knowing that not everyone of those 150,000,000 are gonna go buy a next gen system right off the bat means they have a lot of lost potential revenue. All I can say is if your game doesn't make the money you thought it would don't blame the gamers. I can understand this decision if it is an indie developers as you don't have the money nor the team to take on multiple generations of tech at the same time, but not from a company like this.

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Beamboom
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 1:10:09 PM
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Excellent. Let the current gen fade out now, it's been long enough. There's enough ahead already for a gracious ending for this gen before we put it to rest. I want good stuff for my PS4. And Just Cause is Good Stuff.

My ass is ready, to put it that way. :D

(oh yuck that sounded bad, but hey - he started!)


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Lord carlos
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 3:25:35 PM
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When devs say "next gen" they actually mean this cuuent generation!
All the hype about AC3 being a "next gen experience"and it cearly was'nt.

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Beamboom
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 3:21:20 AM

Don't believe the hype. They say what they need to say to sell more games. Of course a game on current gen consoles is a current gen game.

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Dirt
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 9:17:00 PM
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Just Cause 3 was rumored to have an open world 3 times the size of Panau in JC2, and much more detailed, vibrant, and busy.

I would gladly wait till the next generation for this rumored masterpiece.

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___________
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 3:31:41 AM
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BOOYAH!
i cant wait, imagine how much bigger and wilder this will be!

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Roach721
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 4:10:43 AM

Yeah but when? in the year 2016? Can developers start making games with the Unreal engine2 for this generation of consoles if they can I would consider those nex-gen games?or I'm I wrong? and if they can when are they going to start. For me it still feels like this generation still has a lot to offer...especially with that Unreal engine coming out.

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___________
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 8:52:00 AM

4 not 2.
and thats a next gen engine no way in hell were going to see it running on current systems.
avalanche have been hiring allot of engine programmers just after JC2 came out so i wouldent be surprised if they already have a new in house engine built for this.
they have been saying there working on a next gen project ever since JC2 came out, so id like to think its pretty far along by now.
maybe a launch title.
they were the first developers to claim they have next gen dev units.


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PHOENIXZERO
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 @ 11:50:04 PM
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Odds are their game isn't going to be a launch game but even if it is then that means they'll be less likely to be lost in the shuffle and if they have a vision of where they want to go and the current gen consoles can't handle it then it's time to move on and contrary to the BS PR that's said about how the PS3 has "plenty of power left" the simple fact is that it and the XB360 are now hardware that's over six/seven years old and been completely left in the dust by what the PC is capable of and is holding developers back. It's time to at least be close to even things out again.

It's not like they're going to need to sell 10 million copies on day one to break even and there shouldn't be a huge jump in production costs like their was going from XB/PS2 to XB360/PS3 this time around since much of the HD and other ground work was put into place last time.

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