Just Cause 4
Mainpage Game Just Cause 4
Developer(s) Avalanche Studios
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Engine Avalanche APEX
Resolutions 640x480 - 720x400
800x480 - 800x600
832x624 - 1024x600
1024x768 - 1152x872
1280x720 - 1280x768
1280x1024 - 1360x768
1366x768 - 1400x1050
1440x900 - 1600x900
1680x1050 - 1920x1080
Up to 4K
Platforms PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam)
Release Date(s) JC4 launch times
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Genre(s) Open world action sandbox
Mode(s) Single player
Ratings PEGI 18, ESRB M 17+
Media Consoles: Downloads and disks.
PC: Steam only.
Input Methods Controller / keyboard and mouse
Languages English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabian, Brazilian, Portuguese, Russian, Korean (interface only), Chinese (simplified) (interface only), Chinese (traditional) (interface), Polish (interface only)

Just Cause 4 is the fourth game in the Just Cause game series.

Info summary

Quotes from the Square-Enix site:

"Welcome to Solis, a huge South American world home of conflict, oppression and extreme weather conditions.
Just Cause 4 sees rogue hero Rico Rodriguez land in Solis to hunt down the truth about his past, at any costs.
Strap into your wingsuit, equip your fully customizable grappling hook, and get ready to bring the thunder!"
"Soar through the skies with your wingsuit - Skydive, Base Jump and Free Dive with no limits!
Fight your enemies under extreme weather conditions, including treacherous tornadoes and tropical lightning storms, taking the iconic Just Cause action to insane new heights.
Use extreme weather events to your advantage thanks to never seen before in-game physics."
"Spearhead the rebellion and defeat the Black Hand, a hi-tech private military organisation.
Face off against Gabriela Morales – your most fierce, capable, and unpredictable adversary yet.
Uncover the truth of Rico’s father’s past life on Solís’ and its extreme weather."
"Explore the remote South American country of Solís, home of conflict, secrets, and danger.
Enjoy 1024 square kilometres of exotic playground, from rainforest to desert, via snowy mountain peaks.
Discover a plethora of wonders as you explore the world of Solís from bustling cities to rural grasslands."

Quote about the Gold edition of the game from Amazon:

"Rogue agent Rico Rodriguez journeys to Solís, a huge South American world home of conflict, oppression and extreme weather conditions. Strap into your wingsuit, equip your fully customizable grappling hook, and get ready to bring the thunder! Gold Edition Includes: just cause 4 - full game; neon racer Pack which Includes the following DLC items - neon racer Supercar: blitz around in your very own modified Supercar with boost Valve on tap. You'll be the fastest thing in Solís; neon racer wingsuit: race across the skies with this unique neon design; neon racer parachute: drift over the Clouds at speed with this unique neon design; expansion pass - unlock access to each of the three expansions upon their release. More details on the expansion episodes will become available when the game is released; Golden Gear Pack - contains the coveted Golden Gear shotgun Featuring ricochet tracer secondary Fire, plus the Golden Gear wingsuit and Golden Gear parachute; digital Deluxe content - fight back against the Black hand with their own technology! Includes special Black hand DLC weaponry: Black hand stealth micro JET: special aircraft with retractable wings and experimental stealth Optic camouflage; Black hand prototype weaponized wingsuits: the Black hand's secret weapon - this prototype wingsuit features boost technology and enhanced Missile weaponry. 24Hr early access - enjoy just cause 4 before everyone else does!."

Just Cause 4 was officially announced by Square Enix at the Xbox E3 conference on June 10th. The game was released on December 4th, 2018.

Setting and plot

The new nation is Solís and it's located in South America. The game takes place after the events of Just Cause 3.

Rico travels to Solís to discover the truth about the circumstances of his father's death. Rico's mother was from Medici and his father was from Solís.

Solís is the homeland of the Black Hand, and as such they rule Solís with a very militaristic regime. The Black Hand have also become an even more powerful enemy as they have obtained advanced weather-manipulation technology from the eDEN Corporation (Downloadable content for Just Cause 3) and continued to develop it themselves.

See this for anything achievement related.

Having arrived at Solís, Rico will start his own rebellion, called the Army of Chaos, to overthrow the Espinosa Dynasty rule and to fight the Black Hand. The Black Hand in JC4 itself is commended by Gabriela Morales, who believes herself to be similar to Rico and that Rico is dangerous because of their similarity.

Rico helps an archaeologist named Javi Huerta uncover the truth about the history of Solís and about the Espinosa family (who have been a central part of the history of Solis). There's evidence of many crimes and cover-ups.

It has also been explained in the "Just Cause 4: All About Narrative [ESRB]" trailer that the storyline is now more broken up and less dependent on missions. The player is no longer expected to get all mission/story information from cut-scenes. Instead, the player learns a lot of the story information from exploring the environment and piecing the information together. Also, this time it won't be completely clear who is "good" and "bad", because of the layered intentions of the factions.

The plots thickens a lot as the Agency becomes a new enemy by the end. Details would be a major spoiler (see missions Operation Thunderbarge and Operation Illapa) and this will be expanded upon in one of the expansion packs later. At the end of the storyline Rico and Tom Sheldon team up to take down The Agency.

Returning things and new game features

General gameplay:

  • Rico Rodriguez is making his 4th return.
  • The Black Hand are back, this time as the main antagonists.
  • The Agency returns to be spoken of in several missions and will make an appearance in the third and final DLC, known as "Agency Strikes Back".
  • Enemy AI are noticeably more intelligent.
  • There is no weapon that can 1-hit-kill Rico, but wingsuiting into a wall, or falling still kills him.
  • Chaos points, or at least some kind of a chaos-based progress system will return. The player will need to cause chaos in order to make people admire him, in order to make them join his cause - the Army of Chaos.
  • There are 4 types of storms that effect aircraft and destroy things on the ground - Tornado, Sandstorm, Thunder storm and Blizzard/snowstorm.
  • The game will not have loot boxes, or micro-transactions.


  • His arsenal like his grappler, parachute and wingsuit will be returning.
  • The grappler now has a lot more features and is customizable. All these can be customized to lift, pull, or push as hard as the player wants.
    • The rocket boosters will make a return, but in the form as a mod for Rico's grappling hook. Previously a feature of the GE-64.
    • A new feature that comes into the game are Airlifters. They are balloons that are attached to any tether to the grappler and have different settings like inflate and float above 15 meters, 20 meters, follow where you're pointing or have it follow the character.
  • Freely walking on top of vehicles returns. In fact, it's seems like Rico's movement on vehicles are not as limited as they were previously, so the player can now basically grapple on to almost every part of a vehicle (e.g. hanging off the side of a plane).
  • Weapons now have this new ability called Secondary Fire, as an alternative way of how the weapon handles and fires.
  • See also: Category:Just Cause 4 Weapons.

Mission structure:

  • Bigger storyline missions are called "operations". Each biome has its own set of storms and main missions about investigating them. It's possible to do these missions parallel to each other, with out having to finish one region first. Each set of operation missions tell a part of the story and they all work towards the same story conclusion.
  • There are also sidemissions that are mainly about destroying or taking over key areas.
  • Random Encounters are back.


Game editions and DLC

Main article: Downloadable content for Just Cause 4.

There are several known editions available for pre-order. It is not known if there will be more editions available later (JC3 also had several editions).

Unlike with JC3, there doesn't seem to be a disk edition of the PC version. Looking hard enough, it is possible to find at least 1 site that lists a PC DVD version, but all other sites have JC4 listed as a "download", or as a "Steam code". The console versions however are pictured as the box/disk version at most online stores.

Downloadable pre-order versions

These 3 were the first versions to be revealed at an official Just Cause 4 advertisement site. Some vendors have added additional exclusive items to their versions.

Day one edition This edition includes:

  • The full game.
  • Pre-order bonus. What exactly this bonus is is still unknown. Possibly the same as the "Deathstalker Scorpion Pack" listed below in the Microsoft store version.

Digital deluxe edition This edition includes:

  • The full game.
  • Pre-order bonus.
  • 24 hour early access.
  • Black Hand Prototype Weaponized Wingsuit.
  • Black Hand Stealth Micro Jet. See Vehicles in Just Cause 4. We have pictures of at least 2 different jet fighters. One is likely this one.

Gold edition This edition includes:

  • The full game.
  • Pre-order bonus.
  • 24 hour early access.
  • Black Hand Prototype Weaponized Wingsuit.
  • Black Hand Stealth Micro Jet.
  • Expansion Pass. See the expansion pass section below for more info about it.
  • Golden Gear Pack.

Vendor-specific DLC bundles

Some stores are selling special versions of the game that include additional downloadable, or extra items.

Gold Edition from Microsoft (Xbox only):

  • Full game.
  • Expansion pass.
  • 24 hour early access.
  • Golden Gear Pack.
  • Digital deluxe edition content (see listed above).
  • Deathstalker Scorpion Pack. This seems to be what the Microsoft store calls the ambiguous "Pre-order bonus" from above.
    • Deathstalker Scorpion Muscle Car - "This iconic car comes with enhanced road performance and resilience thanks to Rico's special tuning."
    • Deathstalker Scorpion Assault Buggy - "Reinforced by Rico himself, this rugged vehicle boasts the perfect setup for off-road stunts and even has a mounted machine gun."
    • Deathstalker Scorpion Explosive Rifle - "Rico remains a force to be reckoned with when armed with this custom rifle featuring secondary tracer fire and shells that explode upon impact."
    • Deathstalker Scorpion Wingsuit - "Strike down from above with this signature design."
    • Deathstalker Scorpion Parachute - "Own the skies of Solís with this iconic scorpion design."

Gold Edition from Amazon, or BestBuy (PS4 and Xbox only and does not ship internationally at this time):

  • Full game.
  • Expansion pass.
  • Golden Gear Pack.
  • 24 hour early access.
  • Digital deluxe edition content (see listed above).
  • Exclusive Digital Mini-map. Despite this map being digital, it's mentioned to only be available when buying a disk version of their gold edition.
  • Neon Racer Pack.
    • Neon purple wingsuit.
    • Neon purple parachute.
    • Neon purple sports car. The car is said to have a "boost valve on tap".

Any edition from BestBuy (PS4 and Xbox only):

Any edition bought from BestBuy will include the "Renegade Pack" that contains:

  • Drone-launching Renegade rifle.
  • Mini map. Possibly the same map as is included in the Amazon gold edition.
  • Renegade skins for parachute and wingsuit. These are in a combination of white and black.

Gold Edition from Steam (PC only):

  • Full game.
  • 24 hour early access.
  • Digital deluxe edition content (see listed above).
  • Deathstalker Scorpion Pack (see listed above).
  • Golden Gear Pack (see listed above).
  • Expansion pass.
  • Exclusive wallpaper (game artwork).

Day one edition from GameStop or EB Games

  • The usual day one edition content (listed above).
  • Steel case for the game box.

Expansion Pass

The game will have 3 expansion packs (similarly to Just Cause 3 expansions) called "Daredevils", "Los Demonios" and "Agency Strikes Back".

See Downloadable content for Just Cause 4 for full info about the expansion packs.

PC system requirements

Originally Steam listed the DirectX as 11.1, but this was later changed to just 11. At the same time they removed 4K requirements completely.


  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 with Platform Update for Windows 7 (64-bit versions only)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 @ 3.1 GHz | AMD FX-6300 @ 3.5 GHz or better
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (2GB VRAM or better) | AMD R9 270 (2GB VRAM or better)
  • DirectX: 11
  • HDD/SSD: 59 GB


  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 @ 3.4 GHz | AMD Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.2 GHz or equivalent
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (6GB VRAM or better) | AMD Vega 56 (6GB VRAM or better)
  • DirectX: 11
  • HDD/SSD: 59 GB

4K requirements

OS: Windows 10 (64-bit Fall Creators update) CPU: Intel Core i7-7700 (3.6 GHz or higher) | AMD Ryzen 5 1600X (3.6 GHz or higher) RAM: 16 GB Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti DirectX: 11 HDD/SSD: TBC

Glitches and patches

Main articles: Just Cause 4 Bugs and glitches and Just Cause 4 Patch history.


  • This game has more languages (voice acting and subtitles) than any other Just Cause so far.
  • Several of the Vehicles in Just Cause 4 are nearly identical to their Just Cause 3 counterparts, but they've been renamed.
  • There were several rumors and leaks that indicated that JC4 was in development several years before the official announcement on June 10, 2018. See the Archive of Just Cause 4 news about them.
  • Robert Meyer, a developer for JC4, revealed in an interview in november 2018 that he had been working on JC4 for 3 years.
  • One of the writers for the story is Nick Giovannetti.
  • It has been reported that the Xbox One version of the game is about 45 GB. The PC system requirements list it as 59 GB. Downloading the gold edition from Steam takes 50.2 GB for the initial download and possibly more for the additional content.
  • It's unclear if a retail (disk) version actually exists for the PC. The PC disk version is at this point a Myth.
    • Originally promotional materials that showed the game boxes showed boxes for all 3 versions. Oddly the "box" of the PC version has "Steam" written on it, confirming that the PC version only comes on Steam. These 3 boxes were obviously just CGI.
    • In later trailers the end scene was changed to only showing boxes for the console versions. Steam was normally marked at the bottom of the page, below the boxes.
    • All official sources for where to buy the PC version only direct to Steam.
    • Then on 2018.11.14, there was a confusing post on the official Just Cause facebook page that had a picture of a stack of game boxes of each version, including a PC DVD.
    • All internet searches for a Just Cause 4 retail version only show options for a "CD key" for Steam.
    • There is 1 online store in India that seems to be selling a PC DVD version of JC4 and they even show a box cover. However, that box cover seems more CGI rather than a photo of a physical box.
  • As explained in one of the below videos dedicated to this subject, the developers are aware of how poorly Just Cause 3 performed at first (reported here and here), until a number of patches improved it. This time they've reworked how the game stresses the CPU and are confident that it'll run better.
  • The PC version of the game has been improved in an important way: The game now safely minimizes when pressing the windows logo key. JC2 and JC3 really don't want to minimize and when JC3 is forced to minimize, it can become glitchy when maximized again. JC1 is fine to minimize on XP but refuses to do so on W7.
  • It is impossible to get through the game without dying at least once.
    • There is a glitch in Aeropuerto Scramble where at the end of the mission, you spontaneously die even if no damage is taken.
  • This is the first game in the Just Cause Game Series to use any vulgar language. While Just Cause 2 even censors "shit" in the Music To Blow S**t Up By, Just Cause 4 has at least several instances of "fuck" and "motherfucker". (1 "fuck" is spoken by Rico in one of the earlier main storyline missions, 1 "fuck" is spoken by Mira in Operation Windwalker, 1 "motherfucker" is spoken by César in Operation Windwalker and there may be more.)
  • Similar to Just Cause 3, this game either does not have a dynamic day-night cycle, or if it does than days are very long and the game always starts at a day. It's not currently known how to force the game to pass time to have a night time. A few missions automatically set the time to night.
  • While probably not intentional, this game and its theme of extreme weather is extremely similar to a movie called Geostorm, which also deals with extreme weather. In that movie, there is also a villain that wishes to harness extreme weather to make the United States the dominant superpower in the world.


Artworks and other



Just Cause 4 Announcement Gameplay Trailer PEGI

Just Cause 4 Announcement Gameplay Trailer PEGI

Welcome to Just Cause 4 PEGI

Welcome to Just Cause 4 PEGI

Just Cause 4 PS4 Gameplay Showcase from E3

Just Cause 4 PS4 Gameplay Showcase from E3

Nerd³ Plays..

Nerd³ Plays... Just Cause 4 - WORLD EXCLUSIVE GAMEPLAY-0

Just Cause 4 SPOTLIGHT World and Biomes

Just Cause 4 SPOTLIGHT World and Biomes

Just Cause 4- Rico's Rival -PEGI-

Just Cause 4- Rico's Rival -PEGI-

Just Cause 4 Story Trailer ESRB

Just Cause 4 Story Trailer ESRB

Just Cause 4 Panoramic trailer 4K UltraWide ESRB

Just Cause 4 Panoramic trailer 4K UltraWide ESRB

Just Cause 4 Avalanche's Smartest Approach to Stupidity Yet - IGN First

Just Cause 4 Avalanche's Smartest Approach to Stupidity Yet - IGN First

JUST CAUSE 4 26 Minutes Gameplay Walkthrough

JUST CAUSE 4 26 Minutes Gameplay Walkthrough

Just Cause 4 Eye of The Storm Cinematic Trailer ESRB

Just Cause 4 Eye of The Storm Cinematic Trailer ESRB

Just Cause 4 Deep Dive Trailer ESRB

Just Cause 4 Deep Dive Trailer ESRB

4K Just Cause 4 PC First Look Next-Level Physics - But What Hardware Do You Need To Run It?

4K Just Cause 4 PC First Look Next-Level Physics - But What Hardware Do You Need To Run It?

Just Cause 4 Launch trailer

Just Cause 4 Launch trailer

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