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Just Cause: Mobile
Just Cause Mobile logo with background (announcement trailer).png

Logo of the game with a fiery background, as seen in the announcement trailer.
Developer(s) Square Enix team
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Engine Unreal Engine 4
Resolutions Unknown
Platforms iOS and Android
Release Date(s) Originally 2021
Delayed to 2022
Genre(s) Action shooter
Top-down and other odd-angled perspective
Mode(s) Single player
4-player co-op
30-player multiplayer
Media Once available, it can be installed on the App Store and Google Play.
Input Methods Touch-sensitive screen
Languages Unknown


Just Cause: Mobile is a future game set in the Just Cause Universe.

Info summary

Notice: Just Cause: Mobile is not being made by Avalanche Studios, so presumably it shouldn't cost any development time/effort from Just Cause 5, unless Square Enix - the publisher that provides Avalanche the money to create Just Cause games - cuts funding and recourses for JC5 and transfers it to JC:M.

Quote from the official site:

"Just Cause®: Mobile is an action-shooter set in the explosive Just Cause universe and designed exclusively for mobile. Action-packed story campaign, 30 person competitive multiplayer, 4 player Co-Op missions - Just Cause®: Mobile has all of this and more!
FREE TO PLAY ON MOBILE
Just Cause®: Mobile is entirely free to play with four distinct game modes, high quality 3D graphics powered by Unreal Engine 4, responsive touch controls, unique movement system (parachute, wingsuit, grapple), voice chat and high action gameplay at your fingertips!"

The following quotes are from the FAQ section:

Q: "Is Just Cause a mobile-only series going forward?"
A: "We are committed to the Just Cause franchise. Our current plans do not involve making the series mobile only."
Q: "Are you working on a new Just Cause game for PC and console?"
A: "While we understand fans are eager for a new Just Cause console/PC release, we have nothing to confirm at this time. However, we remain as committed as ever to the future of the franchise and to our fans."
Q: "Is Just Cause: Mobile a sequel to Just Cause 4?"
A: "Just Cause: Mobile is a brand new story told from a different point of view with reimagined gameplay created specifically for mobile. Although the narrative ties in the main franchise instalments, Just Cause: Mobile is not intended as a direct sequel to Just Cause 4."
Q: "Can you play as Rico in Just Cause: Mobile?"
A: "Just Cause: Mobile players will create their own custom character as the protagonist. You will be able to customize your character’s appearance, as well as choose the armor and gear that fits your personal play style and aesthetic preferences."

Quote from IGN:

"Just Cause: Mobile is a free-to-play mobile game set in the Just Cause Universe. Grapple and glide your way through a full single-player campaign, or team up with friends for 30-player competitive multiplayer or co-op modes. Just Cause: Mobile is coming to iOS and Android in 2021."

Note: The 2021 statement is outdated, as the game's release date has been delayed.

Game modes

According to the trailer, official site and a Square Enix press release, there are four game modes.

As mentioned in a in the video description (at youtube) of the second trailer, "As you start your journey as an agent, Rico Rodriguez & Annika Svensson will be among the mercenaries you'll encounter, giving your player character missions and intel."

It should be noted that Rico's profession is not a full-time mercenary, even if it is stated in the posts.

Single-player campaign

Quote from an article from some sort of Square Enix "press":

"Experience an all new action-packed story set in the Just Cause universe. As a member of the Agency's secret program, Firebrand, explore large open-world locations and take on Darkwater forces and form alliances with well-known characters from past Just Cause iterations."

Quote from a post on the official Just Cause Mobile Discord server:

"Rico Rodriguez & Annika Svensson are among the mercenaries you’ll encounter, giving your player character valuable intel as you start your journey as an agent!
In Just Cause: Mobile, you play as a new recruit in a special ops division named Firebrand. Rico will be one of the characters you meet as you take on a new militarized threat… Darkwater."

As revealed over social media on 2021.05.31:

"Your first day as a new Firebrand agent gets off to an explosive start! A private army known as Darkwater attacks your base, leaving chaos in its wake. Your task is to investigate Darkwater and uncover its true motivations before regional tensions escalate into something worse..."

Co-op battles

Quote from the Square Enix press:

"Team up in a 4-player squad to complete challenging missions where players will take on waves of enemies. Select the perfect loadout and blast your way through tough enemies like heavy tanks and armoured mechs!"

"Triple threat" multiplayer

Quote from the Square Enix press:

"Compete online in fast-paced Just Cause multiplayer! Three teams of 10 players fight to secure bases and score points as they battle across a sprawling map while wielding an explosive arsenal of weaponry & vehicles. Players can also form clans with teammates to earn big rewards."

Challenge mode

Quote from the Square Enix press:

"Looking for an extra challenge to test your skills? Challenge Mode will task you with hitting high scores across three distinct challenges ranging from causing destruction to getting the best lap time. Earn extra rewards for your agent by completing the Destruction, Wingsuit and Race challenges."

Returning things and new game features

Mostly unknown. The following are seen from the trailer, official site and SE press:

  • First game in the series to be played on a mobile device.
  • First game in the series to have microtransactions. Though, most of the games do have cheap DLC items not part of a large expansion pack, such as weapons and vehicles (ie JC4's Black Market.
  • First game in the series to have multiplayer built in.
  • First game in the series to be played from any perspective other than third-person perspective (from behind the player).
  • First game in the series to feature extensive character customization (JC4 had skins for Rico that the player could choose from, but they were simply different appearances for Rico, as opposed to completely customizable combinations of gear that would allow much greater variety).
  • The Grappler, Wingsuit and Parachute are returning.
  • Small weaponized drones are back again.

Equipment customization

The player character can be customized with different types of weapons, equipment (outfit and possibly functional body armor), "action gear" (Rico's signature equipment: the parachute, wingsuit and grappler), and "accessories" (aesthetic clothing, such as chest rigs, gloves). Each item can be levelled up. It's still unknown how many items there are, how many levels each item can be upgraded to and what the items do depending on their level.

Locations

  • A military base, with a large tower. It is located in a desert.
  • Rainforest with canyon, seen in a promotional image.
  • Something that looks like a frontline, seen in the trailer.
  • A small shantytown, with shacks and slums (seen in brief gameplay footage).
  • What appears to be a warehouse or shipyard (seen in gameplay footage for "triple threat" multiplayer)
  • In the trailer, there are many shots of all sorts of locations (mostly military installations). It's unknown if they are all separate locations, or different parts of a single location.
  • Something that looks like a... dance floor (seen in the announcement trailer)?
  • Possibly more.

Characters

  • Rico Rodriguez... with a smartphone! His hairstyle seems to have changed as well. He appears about the same age as is in Just Cause 4 (2018) and has the same clothing.
  • Annika Svennson, also looks the same as when she was last seen.
  • Unknown number of "Firebrand" agents. See the article for more details.
  • Unknown number of "Darkwater" soldiers.
  • Some bald villain in a suit, wearing glasses.
  • Someone who looks like... Mira!? She's seen briefly in the first trailer, staring blankly at some explosions.

Vehicles

Some of these are seen for less than a second in the announcement trailer, so details are still relatively unclear. On a different note, it seems like Just Cause Mobile reuses some vehicle designs from Just Cause 4. However, they probably don't share the same models, since the game models would have to be greatly simplified to be handleable to a mobile phone.

  • New type of Mech, armed with miniguns.
  • New type of 8x8 armored vehicle. The turret has a normal tank gun and a smaller mounted weapon (possibly an MG) and there are what look like missile pods on the sides of the turret.
  • Another new 8x8 armored vehicle. This one has a more rounded hull front and the gun turret lacks the missile pods., but it does appear to have the same usable small MG turret on top of its main turret as is on the roof of the army 4x4.
  • Attack helicopter, resembling CS Navajo. It has two types of missiles and an MG under the nose. It's unknown if they're all functional. There is also a small... possible radar dome at the top center of the main propeller. It's not known whether it actually functions in the gam
  • Another larger attack helicopter. This one has engines that resemble the Mil-28 and cheeks that resemble the AH-64 Apache. It's armed with 3 sets of missile pods (3 per side) and has possible external fuel tanks. And on the most outer ends of its weapon mounting wings, there are what seem to be some additional vertical panels. (Only a front view has been seen, so details are poor.)
  • Army truck resembling the Fengding EC14FD2.
  • Sports car resembling the Verdeleon Eco.
  • Truck with a semi-trailer. The trailer is a closed box and has large external hydraulic pistons at the rear corners, similarly to the trailer on JC4 Cargo Trailer Trucks. The truck itself has a hood, so it resembles american trucks, except that the gap between the truck cabin and the trailer is very narrow, similar to european semi-trailer trucks.
  • Army off-road car that resembles the Warrior Offroader, but has a bigger front bumper, more similar to the Urga Szturm 63A. There seem to be 2 versions of this, where one is unarmed and the other has an MG turret.
  • Truck with a flat front and 4-door cabin.
  • 2-door civilian car.
  • Muscle car.
  • Something that closely resembles the Cavalry Armored Truck.
  • Big pickup.
  • Very rusted vehicle wreck of some civilian car.
  • Large army trucks with large missile pods on the rear. These pods can be raised to launch anti-aircraft missiles. The missiles can be rapidly launched in large numbers, similar to multiple rocket launchers.
  • What might be a large cargo plane, seen in the opening scene of the cinematic (2nd) trailer. It's very hard to tell.

Chaos objects

Just Cause 3's chaos objects are returning. Chaos objects in JC:M appear to be identical to what they looked like in JC3.

Weapons

Actual names are unknown. See the gallery below for reference.

  • Grappler, if that is to be counted as a weapon.
  • Assault rifle with a grenade launcher. This weapon resembles the SW9 Assault Rifle.
  • Assault rifle without a grenade launcher. This weapon resembles some kind of AK type rifle, most resembling the AK 103.
  • Large rocket launcher. This weapon resembles the AT7 RPG.
  • Machine gun. This weapon resembles something like the FN Minimi. In the Just Cause Universe, this would resemble the JC2 Machine Gun.
  • Small SMG/machine pistol hybrids that can be dual wielded. This weapon resembles the CS Wraith 225R. One of these is seen wielded single-handedly by the blonde mustachio guy. Some grunts are seen holding a similar weapon in a brief scene in the first trailer.
  • Grenade launcher. Seen briefly in gameplay footage.
  • Several vehicle mounted weapons.

Trivia

  • This is not the first Just Cause game made for mobile devices. In 2008, an early Just Cause 2 (mobile game) was in development. After disappearing from the public, the game was soon remade into a much more successful AAA game.
  • To note, Square Enix has said on the Just Cause: Mobile site that they are "committed to the Just Cause franchise. Our current plans do not involve making the series mobile only."
  • This game was announced on the 10th (or 11th, depending on the timezone) of December, 2020.
  • This game has some notable firsts:
    • This is the first Just Cause to be free-to-play.
    • This is the first Just Cause to not be developed by Avalanche Studios, instead being developed by a new team from Square Enix.
    • This is the first game in the series to have any punctuation in the name.
    • This is the first game with a delayed release.
  • There is an unconfirmed rumor that Just Cause: Mobile's development began before the release of Just Cause 4. While it is not known whether this is true or not, there is the relative fact that the chaos objects in this game look more similar to their appearance in Just Cause 3 compared to Just Cause 4.
  • From the trailer, JC:M looks like a relatively limited game, but the article from the Square Enix press release claims that the game is open-world, or at least the single-player campaign has "large open-world locations".
  • Square Enix did not showcase this game at the E3 2021 convention. It was later revealed on Twitter that the game launch would be delayed to 2022 due to the pandemic.
  • The "Co-op battles" sound similar to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Special Ops Survival mode.
  • From the gameplay footage seen, the "Challenge" mode is probably similar to Just Cause 3's destruction frenzies.

External links

Gallery (official promotional screenshots)

Gallery (screenshots from the first trailer)

Gallery (screenshots from the second trailer)

Videos

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