- Just Cause Mobile, a free-to-play shooter by Square Enix will no longer see the light of day, as per Anne-Lou Grosbois-Favreau, Square Enix’s global brand lead. In a statement to VGC, it has been confirmed that development on the project has been aborted and the title is just dead.
- The ambitious title was first seen at The Game Awards 2020 late in December of that year with a full-blown reveal trailer. Shortly after that, the game was up for early access in April 2022, but now, it appears that the shooter won’t be released at all.
Just Cause Mobile, a third-person shooting game for Android and iOS that saw an official announcement at The Game Awards 2020, has been canceled by Square Enix. While speaking to VGC, the brand lead of Square Enix, Anne-Lou Grosbois-Favreau, has explicitly broken the unfortunate news and stated that Just Cause Mobile is no longer under continued development.
It is with great sadness that we are announcing the end of development for Just Cause Mobile. As of 3 July 2023, the game will no longer appear on digital stores. It is never easy to put forth an announcement of this nature, especially to our fans who have been awaiting the release. We sincerely appreciate the support you have given us.”
The title’s official website is no longer approachable nor is its developer-created Twitter handle. Both of those have gone offline since the news was made official. GamesRadar says that the archived version of the site mentions the early access of Just Cause Mobile shutting down in February, which isn’t too far back from today. This is also corroborated by the company’s brand lead who issued a statement over refunds in recent times.
Please note that any Blue Diamonds purchased during the Regional Early Access have been refunded in full to your Google Play Account on February 24, 2023,” says Anne-Lou Grosbois-Favreau.
Just Cause Mobile, before its current deceased state, was expected to release in 2021 following its initial reveal. From that point on, the title saw multiple delays, with the latest one slating the action shooter to arrive sometime in 2023 (the original Twitter post has been since deleted along with the account itself). Evidently, that is not going to be happening anymore.
Things have apparently taken a very wrong turn over at Square Enix HQ for the game to have suffered this fate. While I wouldn’t quite say that fans were thrilled for Just Cause Mobile to make landfall, the project did seem ambitious, and surely something enjoyable on the mobile side of things. However, as far as ambitious mobile projects go, EA’s Battlefield Mobile and Apex Legends Mobile both have also been canned not so long ago.
Looking at its Google Play Store listing, though, Just Cause Mobile was all set to feature a 30-player competitive multiplayer mode, which is fairly scaled, 4-player co-op missions, and a rip-roaring campaign mode for single-player enthusiasts. The traversal mechanics had taken inspiration from the mainline Just Cause installments, featuring the grapple hook, parachute, and wingsuit too from Just Cause 3.
Given the live service elements of the Just Cause Mobile, players would be able to deck their character out with an array of improvements and upgrades, including armor, weapons, gadgets, and vehicle mods. More than 100,000 people had downloaded the title from its early access phase on Google Play alone, according to what the storefront’s listing tells us.
As for the main Just Cause franchise, the series spans a total of 4 games, with the latest one, Just Cause 4, releasing in 2018 for a myriad of systems, including Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. It improves upon the predecessor in several ways, including the wingsuit mechanic that now becomes heavily influenced by dynamic weather conditions, unlike Just Cause 3 where the functionality remained relatively static.
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