Just Cause 4

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Just Cause 4
Just Cause 4 cover.jpg
Developer(s)Avalanche Studios
Publisher(s)Square Enix
Director(s)Francesco Antolini[1]
Designer(s)Joe Ishikura
Writer(s)Omar Shakir[2]
Composer(s)Zach Abramson[3]
SeriesJust Cause
ReleaseDecember 4, 2018

Just Cause 4 is an action-adventure game developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Square Enix. It is the fourth game in the Just Cause series and the sequel to 2015's Just Cause 3 and was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on December 4, 2018.


Just Cause 4 is a third-person action-adventure game set in an open world environment.[4] The player assumes the role of series protagonist Rico Rodriguez.[4]


The game is set in a fictional South American country called Solís, which is home to very extreme weather.[4] Rico Rodriguez takes on the Black Hand, the world's most powerful private army run by Gabriela Morales, a newly introduced character.[4] The Black Hand served as a mercenary group to dictators Salvador Mendoza of Just Cause and Sebastiano Di Ravello in Just Cause 3. When Rico is shown evidence that his late father was working with The Black Hand, he plunges into the South American nation of Solís, the homeland of the Black Hand in search of answers.[5]

Development and release[edit]

Just Cause 4 was developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Square Enix.[4] The game uses a new version of Avalanche's Apex game engine.[1] The new technology allows the game to feature diverse and extreme weather effects, including blizzards, sandstorms, tornadoes and more.[1] Developers of the game noted that improvements had been made to the game's artificial intelligence over Just Cause 3. These changes were intended to make non-player characters smarter so that they behave more tactically and pose more of a threat to the player.[6] Other improvements to the game engine include physics-based rendering and a new animation system.[2]

The game was announced during Microsoft's press conference at E3 2018, and also appeared later at Square Enix's showcase and the PC Gaming Show.[4][1] On October 30, the game had "gone gold", signifying the completion of development on the base game.[7] The game was released for PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One on December 4, 2018.[8]


Aggregate score
MetacriticPC: 72[14]
PS4: 67[15]
XONE: 62[16]
Review scores
PC Gamer (US)73/100[12]
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According to review aggregator Metacritic, Just Cause 4 received "mixed or average" reviews from critics.[14][15][16]


  1. ^ a b c d Roberts, Samuel (June 11, 2018). "Just Cause 4 shows off its shiny new engine at the PC Gaming Show". PC Gamer. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b McCaffrey, Ryan (June 10, 2018). "E3 2018: Just Cause 4 First Look: Physics Like You've Never Seen Before". IGN. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "OUT NOW: Blockbuster Video Game Just Cause 4, Scored By YTCW's Zach Abramson". YouTooCanWoo. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Donlan, Christian (June 11, 2018). "Just Cause 4 announced, and it's due 4th of December this year". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Felt, Kris (October 16, 2018). "Just Cause 4's latest Story Trailer". Twitter. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Higham, Michael (June 11, 2018). "E3 2018: Just Cause 4 Video Shows Off New Features During Square Enix Conference". GameSpot. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Makuch, Eddie (2018-10-31). "Just Cause 4 Goes Gold, System Requirements Revealed". GameSpot. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  8. ^ Plante, Chris (June 11, 2018). "Just Cause 4's latest trailer explains its big new features". Polygon. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  9. ^ Higham, Michael (December 5, 2018). "Just Cause 4 Review - Mildly Wild Ride". Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Stapleton, Dan (3 December 2018). "Just Cause 4 Review". Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  11. ^ "Just Cause 4 PC review – a sequel that struggles to break new ground". PCGamesN. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  12. ^ Zak, Robert (3 December 2018). "Just Cause 4 review". Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  13. ^ GameCentral (6 December 2018). "Game review: Just Cause 4 is big dumb fun". Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  14. ^ a b "Just Cause 4 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Just Cause 4 for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Just Cause 4 for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 8, 2018.

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