Square Enix blows roof off Just Cause 5 development

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,

Just Cause 5 might be set for a Summer Games Fest reveals after Square Enix announced it still has a hold of the IP and is working on a new game. The explosive series has thus far been developed by Avalanche Studios.

In Square Enix's latest investor briefing, the Japanese company confirmed that Just Cause 5 — or whatever it'll be called — is in development and that it retained the IP after selling its major western studios.

New Just Cause in the works?

Just Cause 4

It has been a long time since Just Cause 4 graced our consoles with explosions, but Avalanche Studios and Square Enix have been very quiet over those four years. Over on ResetEra (thanks, PCGamesN), users spotted the line: "The Just Cause franchise will remain our IP" and confirmation that Square Enix is "developing a new title in the franchise."

While Embracer might have gotten a hold of Square Enix's western studios Eidos, SE Montreal, and Crystal Dynamics and associated IPs like Tomb Raider and Deus Ex; Square Enix doesn't actually own Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios. It does seem most likely that Avalanche will be making the new game given it has already made four games, but the announced Xbox-exclusive Contraband is currently on the docket.

The Summer Game Fest showcase could be a good place, and an Avalanche job listing states a "cutting-edge triple-A open-world game" is in development there, so who knows — an early reveal could be on the cards! Are you excited for more Just Cause? That second game was my early teenagehood, but the subsequent game just didn't hook me the same way. Shall we chat about it in the comments? See you there!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and other gaming news. He writes about PS5 exclusives like The Last of Us and Horizon, PS Plus news, and his favorite games — The Witcher, Assassin’s Creed, and God of War — before an evening swim.
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