Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4 Development Update: June 25, 2019

New free content arrives along with new DLC Packs
By Just Cause 4 Team

Today we’re excited to reveal the latest content release for Just Cause 4 we’re calling the Trials, Toys and Terror update, available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC (Los Demonios is available to Gold and Early Access Members tomorrow).

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from our latest update to Just Cause 4:

Free challenges

Free challenges have been added to the world of Solís. We have added a whole host of these across the island, which will be updated all year on a monthly basis, encouraging new creative and challenging ways of playing Just Cause 4. Completing these challenges will reward players with exclusive wingsuit and parachute skins, like the below:

Rico ‘Just Cause 2’ Rodriguez skin:

Clean shaven Rico is back to cause babyface chaos. Bring back the nostalgic Panau vibes to Solís - this Free Skin is available now via the Customisation menu, along with double denim Just Cause 3 Rico! What ensemble will you equip to bring stylish destruction to Solís?

Los Demonios:

The second DLC2 pack for Just Cause 4 brings a demonic infestation to the world of Just Cause 4. Los Demonios will challenge the very best Just Cause players, so grab your demonic crossbow and jump into the infestation!

“Los Demonios is both a return to the liberation style gameplay and the introduction of supernatural foes for the first time in JUST CAUSE” said Bryan Rodriguez, Creative Producer at Avalanche Studios. “You will be faced with the most challenging content in the game in Los Demonios, and players will need to bring their A-game if they want to defeat the demons and save Solís from certain doom!”

Los Demonios is out for Gold Edition and Expansion Pass owners TOMORROW, and July 3, 2019 for everyone else. Check out the trailer for Los Demonios below:

Here are the release timings for Los Demonios:

The Black Market

Looking for additional vehicles to add to your arsenal? Check out the all-new Black Market store. Launching with the Black Market is the Toy Vehicles pack, featuring miniature sized versions of Tank, Boat and the Jet! These mini vehicles take the chaos to hilarious levels, as black hand units respond with their own toy vehicles.

Grow your collection of incredible vehicles that will add new crazy abilities and destructive powers to your tool set, with new vehicle packs available each month via the Black Market store.

We hope you enjoy the Trials, Toys and Terror update to Just Cause 4!

The Just Cause Team

5 videogames we’d love to take a vacation in

Take a welcome break with these gaming getaways
By Duncan Heaney

Whew! I don’t know about you, but after all that E3 excitement, we could use a bit of a vacation. But where to go?

Fortunately, the worlds of Square Enix games are full of wonderful resorts that perfectly positioned to help you get away from it all.

So let us play travel agent and show you some of our most primo vacay spots.

A beach break in Costa del Sol - FINAL FANTASY XIV: Online

You may be thinking: “Hold on - isn’t Costa Del Sol in Spain?” Or perhaps you assume we’re talking about getting the ferry from Junon.

Well, both are wrong. We’re actually thinking about the Costa Del Sol in FINAL FANTASY XIV Online’s Hydaelyn.

This warming wonderland has everything you could want out of a beach resort - sun, sea, sand, and a soundtrack that just screams “relax” (but, y’know, screams it in a really chilled out way).

There’s lots to do here too. Why not hang out on the beach with friends, go fishing, or have a swim in the sky-blue sea? There’s quite a banquet to be had too, if you don’t mind doing a little legwork.

It’s a little slice of paradise - and the ideal place for a weary Warrior of Light to take a well-earned break before the incoming FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers.

A road trip in Solís - Just Cause 4

Sometimes all you want to do is jump in a car, and hit the road - and Just Cause 4’s Solís has plenty to choose from.

The nature of the road trip is entirely up to you. We recommend you jump into a comfortable sedan and just drive - head off in a random direction and see where you end up.

Perhaps you’ll reach a rustic village, or find a lovely coastal road to enjoy. Most likely you’ll end up in an exploding military base full of angry people trying to kill you, but hey - that’s part of the fun of a road trip, right? …let’s just say it is.

If you want your vacation to be a bit more focused, you can check out the many stunt spots littered across Solís - they encourage you to drive fast, and try out different cars and bikes. But for maximum vehicular thrills, we suggest the island of Isla Santuario.

Added in the Dare Devils of Destruction DLC, this landmass is crisscrossed with twisty-turny tarmac that will get any driving enthusiast’s engines revving.

Not only can you engage in three very different type of driving challenges, including neon-drenched checkpoint races and explosive rampages, you also get to keep the cars!

A city break in Altissia - FINAL FANTASY XV

Road trips and adventures are all well and good, but if you’re anything like me, you prefer something a little more sedate. A city break fits the bill perfectly, and I can’t think of many places as well-suited as FINAL FANTASY XV’s Altissia.

This bustling city is a tourist’s dream. The architecture is absolutely stunning, with beautiful bridges over sparkling canals, ornate houses, and a towering colosseum.

It’s a pleasure to explore, but if you’re in need of more structured activities, there’s plenty to do - you can test your bravery in the arena, check out a beautiful wedding dress exibit, or go shopping in the expansive market.

When it’s time to go to bed, you’ll get a great night’s sleep in the Leville Hotel. The best rooms are pricey, but you’ll wake up feeling at least three times better than you did the day before.

And then there’s the food… oh man, the food. Lasagna is a popular local dish, but if you really want to push the gondola out, fine caviar canapes are definitely the way to go.

…you might have to sell your house to afford it though.

Of course, there’s an even more immersive way to take a trip to the world of FINAL FANTASY XV…

A fishing trip in Eos - Monster of the Deep: FINAL FANTASY XV

While most games let you imagine being somewhere else, virtual reality game Monster of the Deep: FINAL FANTASY XV makes you experience it.

With VR, you can inhabit Eos like nothing else. You’re not just witnessing the world through a screen - you’re actually in it. The real world melts away, and it’s just you, your fishing rod, and your new best bud Noctis.

You can spend hours (and I have) just sitting by a lake, letting the sights and sounds of the world wash over you. Aside from the occasional crossbow battle with daemon fish, it’s pure peace and relaxation - just as a vacation should be.

Take your mind off things in Lostime - Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!

Some people take a vacation to get away from their troubles. We all face stress - at home, at work or at school… a trip is a welcome chance to take your mind off it for a while.

There’s one thing we can guarantee about a vacation in Lostime - you’ll definitely forget about your troubles. We mean that literally - every time the bell in the center of town chimes, people in town lose their memories.

You have to hope a plucky chocobo restores your memories at some point, but for a while at least, it would be wonderful to experience such blissful ignorance and peace of mind.

Those are just some ideas for where to take a break - but which game locations would you choose to take a vacation in?

Let us know in the comments or on social media - and check the blog every day for more news and articles.

Just Cause 4 Development Update: May 21, 2019

Just Cause 4’s Spring Update Released, Los Demonios Announced.
By The Just Cause 4 Team

After listening to the Just Cause community, we wanted to release an update with a number of improvements and additions that you have been asking for.

Since December, we have been patching the game, squashing bugs and tweaking existing assets/content. We are proud to say that the Spring Update patch not only brings further improvements, but for the first time we are also adding free content to the world of Just Cause 4.

Here’s a preview of some of the improvements as part of the Spring Update:

Improvements to World Lighting

World lighting has been significantly improved, global lighting presets have been tuned and materials modified to provide better visibility to players and make the world look more vibrant. See some visual examples of the improvements we have made below:

Lighting is richer and far more dynamic, bouncing off the world realistically. Notice the foliage on the far left is more vibrant and picks up more of the world lighting due to the material updates.

Visibility at night has been significantly improved. Black Hand units are far easier to identify in night time conditions.

Vegetation and the various biomes in Just Cause 4 feel significantly more vibrant in colour, making Solís feel truly alive and varied in landscape.

Destructible Black Hand Statues

Perhaps our most satisfying new content in the spring update is the addition of destructible Black Hand Statues. Will you tear these statues down with your grapple hook? Perhaps use Airlifters to turn them into a floating aircraft? We can’t wait to see all the creative ways players will bring these statues down! The Statues can be found throughout Solís.

Improved Black Hand Combat

Black Hand Combat Vehicle AI has been significantly improved in the Spring Update. The private military are far more aggressive. Jets can engage with you in dogfights, helicopters are more evasive, drones are less crash prone and vehicles will attempt to ram you off the road. Black Hand patrols in Solís have also been increased so get ready for an explosive challenge!

New Mobile Chaos Objects

The roads and skies of Solís now feature mobile chaos objects being transported by truck or Sky Crane, allowing for even more opportunities for destructive chaos. Just how will you use this new portable explosive opportunity?

Destructible Metal Train Bridges

Solís’ metal Train bridges will now explode and break off into large and small fragments, as trains fly off their tracks causing insane carnage.

We have a lot more included in this update, such as increased ammunition for all weapons and various bug fixes. The Spring Update ensures that Just Cause 4 is now the most explosive game in the series to-date.

  • All images are captured on a high end PC

New DLC announced

Today we’re also confirming our second DLC for expansion pass owners: Los Demonios.

In Los Demonios, an ancient demonic force has invaded Solís, with only Rico and an all-new demon killing crossbow up to the challenge of stopping them.

Full patch notes

Here’s the full list of patch notes for all platforms:

All Platforms (Unless stated otherwise)

  • Improved Lighting in Shadow
  • Made tweaks to the world lighting presets
  • Improved Night-time Visibility
  • New Black Hand Destructible Statue
  • New Sky Crane and Black Hand Truck carrying Chaos Objects
  • New Destructible Train Bridges
  • Increased Ammo Capacity on Most Weapons
  • More Aggressive Black Hand Vehicle Combat
  • Better Air Combat Against Helicopters and Drones
  • Increased Black Hand Patrols in Solís
  • Increased Trains in the World
  • Streamlined the Supply Drop UI
  • Supply Drop pilot panel now displays loadout for each pilot
  • Added an "AR" icon when AR Mode is activated
  • Changed the Operations unlock description from "Pre-Requisites" to "Requirements"
  • Increased LOD Distance on Blue Electrical Spark VFX
  • Fixed an issue with the Frontline Mist VFX
  • Added a more Explosive Destruction VFX to the Turret
  • Fixed LOD on the Dirigibles
  • Fixed a bug causing Overlapping Text when Continuing a Save after Starting a New Save
  • On the Store Page, the Reload Function will now work after a Connected Standby
  • General Bug Fixes

  • Added a Button Conflict Prompt when Remapping is Not Allowed (PC Only)

  • On the Store Page, the Reload Function will now work after a Connected Standby (Xbox One Only)

A closer look at Just Cause 4: Dare Devils of Destruction

What exactly do you get in Just Cause 4 Dare Devils of Destruction? We take a deep dive into the DLC.
By Duncan Heaney

In the main Just Cause 4 campaign, Rico Rodriguez cemented his total dominance of the sky - and even the weather itself.

The first DLC pack, Dare Devils of Destruction, brings the wing-suited wonder back down to earth with a bang - now it’s time to dominate the roads.

But what exactly does that entail? After a weekend of dedicatedly devouring the DLC, I can definitively deliver the answer - cars, carnage and utter insanity. If you thought Just Cause 4 was crazy… well, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

So let’s take a closer look at Dare Devils of Destruction, the content it contains, and the most extreme stuff you can get up to.

What’s included in Dare Devils of Destruction?

Rico’s campaign against Espinosa’s tyrannical regime isn’t popular with everyone. Previously, three gangs controlled the black market in Solís, bringing forbidden goods to the people, but thanks to the Army of Chaos, business has taken a hit.

The bosses of the gangs get to together and determine that they need to size up Rico, and see if he can earn their respect. And what better way to do so, than by inviting him to their hidden island, Isla Santuario, where he can participate in the most insanely dangerous forms of motorsport imaginable?

Specifically, Rico can partake in three different disciplines - each one run by the different gangs:


Rampage is all about maximum vehicular violence. You’ll have a set amount of time to destroy as many targets as possible in an arena - from cardboard cutouts of the Black Hand, to your rivals themselves.

To help you do this, you can pick from a wide selection of vehicles, including 4x4s, pick-ups, and - my personal favorite - a wind cannon-equipped monster truck.


Neon lights, shredding guitars and extreme stunts are all hallmarks of Run.

This mode requires you to drive through checkpoints at ludicrous speeds, usually in extreme weather - all while fending off assaults by your fellow drivers. You’ll drive off sheer drops, dodge lightning, leap through rings… drive like a madman, essentially.


This discipline is all about getting to the end in one piece - and that’s not easy because you face a gauntlet.

Unlike other modes, there aren’t any other drivers to avoid, but don’t think that makes it easy - instead you’ll have to deal with landmines, wrecking balls and rings of fire.

Take it from me - these challenges descend into the type of explosive chaos that the Just Cause series does so well, and it makes them a blast to play (pun fully and unashamedly intended).

What else does Dare Devils of Destruction add to the game?

So that covers what you’ll be doing… but what about where? And what carries over to the rest of the game?

Here’s an overview of what’s available:

New island: Isla Santuario

The DLC adds a new island to the map, just off the west coast of Solís - Isla Santuario. If there are two defining features of this new plot of land, it’s hills and roads. Also fire and explosions - but those two things tend to follow ol’ Rico around anywhere he goes.

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The roads are of particular interest - they spaghetti around the island, allowing for loads of different track configurations for challenges. They also seem to have been designed by a madman - more than one track leads you off a sheer cliff. Seems crazy to me, but hey - I’m no transport planner.

New vehicles

Completing challenges in Dare Devils of Destruction will unlock new vehicles that you can drop anywhere in Solís. These souped-up rides all have one thing in common - they’re armed to the teeth with crazy weaponry.

I’ve already mentioned the wind cannon-equipped monster truck - but that’s just one of the 16 tools of destruction you’ll have at your fingertips. We’re talking shotgun-equipped 4x4s, dune buggies with machine guns and sedans with rear-mounted grenade launchers.

What’s more, each vehicle can be upgraded based on your performance in Dare Devil of Destruction’s various challenges. It all adds up to a whole new way to cause chaos.

The Excorpión

It would be remiss not to mention one more very special vehicle - the Excorpión.

This muscle car is very much Rico’s, and over the course of the DLC you’ll be able to build it up into a tool with near-unprecedented destructive potential. We’re talking shotguns, wheel spikes… even a jet engine on the back for speed.

How do you get Dare Devils of Destruction?

Dare Devils of Destruction is available to buy now on Steam, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. If you have the Just Cause 4 Expansion Pass, you’ll be able to download it from the respective store right now.

The Expansion Pass also gives you access to future Just Cause 4 DLC packs Los Demonios and Agency Strikes Back. Follow our Dev Updates to stay up to date with all the news about them.

Alternatively, you can pick up the Just Cause 4 Dare Devils of Destruction DLC as a standalone release for £6.49 / $7.99 from Steam, the PlayStation Store or Xbox Games Store now.

Just Cause 4: Dare Devils Of Destruction announced

Destroy. Drive. Survive.
By The Just Cause 4 team

Today marks the unveiling of the adrenaline fuelled Dare Devils of Destruction DLC for Just Cause 4, releasing April 30th 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.

Dare Devils of Destruction is included in the Just Cause 4 Expansion Pass, and Gold Edition purchasers will receive 7 days early access on April 23rd.

Rico Rodriguez gears up for a high-octane adventure in Dare Devils of Destruction as he burns rubber and shreds metal in this celebration of violent vehicular mayhem.

You can watch the trailer here:

What's in the Dare Devils of Destruction DLC?

Put the pedal to the metal, earn the respect of rival gangs and take on three deadly challenge modes across 15 explosive new missions.

  • Survival: Speed through a gauntlet of landmines, wrecking balls and rings of fire in this ultimate drive for survival. Destroy obstacles along the way and race towards the checkpoints to secure victory.

  • Run: Drive through extreme weather and master high-speed stunts in Run. Obliterate your rivals with a variety of weapons as you try to cross the finish line!

  • Rampage: Master the art of destruction and create carnage within this explosive arena. Reduce targets and rival drivers to scrap metal to achieve the high score!

Destroy. Drive. Survive.

Completing new missions unlocks over 16 all-new weaponized vehicles that you can drop in to Solis at a moment’s notice. Experience new levels of destruction, attack missions in never-before-seen ways, employ new tactics against the forces of the Black Hand and cause pure mayhem in the world of Solís.

For more information on the Gold Edition visit: http://justcause.com/buy-now

For exclusive news and information visit: https://www.youtube.com/justcausegame

Just Cause 4 Development Update: April 12, 2019

The Just Cause team provides a quick blog update about the latest patch
By The Just Cause 4 team

Hi all,

We have a small update this week as we continue to make improvements to Just Cause 4. We are pleased to confirm a new patch for both console and PC will be released today. This patch will address a number of issues that some of you may have encountered while playing JC4.

Featured in this patch are:

-Various bug fixes

-Added a Legend to Solís Map Screen

-AR Scanning Visual Improvements

-Increase Location Discovery Ranges: Increased the range at which Rico needs to be to "discover" a location so that it appears on the map.

-Various other small tweaks to menus

This patch also prepares Just Cause 4 for the launch of our upcoming DLC. For fans asking for more info on our Expansion Pass, please stay tuned, as tomorrow we’ll have big news on this!

The Just Cause Team

5 acts of petty cruelty we’re responsible for in Square Enix games

VILLAINS WEEK: Sometimes you just have to indulge your dark side.
By Duncan Heaney

Schadenfreude - a German word that means to take pleasure for someone else’s misfortune.

It’s something that many of us seek out in our games - the small, pointless and petty acts of cruelty that make us feel… satisfied. We attempt to ‘trick’ AI for comedic effect, find ways to make our heroes fall over, or just try to make them look silly.

Sometimes developers intentionally add opportunities into their games to accommodate these darker urges, but much of the time it’s up to the player to abuse or manipulate the mechanics in a way that was never intended. Usually for a laugh.

We’ve already talked about times games made us villains, but we thought it would be interesting to find out whether any of us at Square Enix HQ were jerks in games through choice. We quizzed the team and what we learned was… disturbing.

So here are 5 times we indulged our worst impulses in Square Enix games:

Tripping Vivi - FINAL FANTASY IX

Vivi is one of the most charming and likeable FINAL FANTASY characters. The young Black Mage is awkward, clumsy and desperately in need of a friend. Honestly, to be mean to Vivi would be akin to kicking a puppy - it’s just… wrong!

And yet, at least one person, who works for this very company, admits to torturing Vivi for his own entertainment.

In the city of Alexandria, right at the start of the game, Vivi can approach some kids and try to play jump rope. The aim is to leap over the rope as many times as possible, but this particular player, played over and over again to intentionally trip poor Vivi!

Why? Because he thought it was funny. We’re a bit scared of that person, to be honest.


Playing with your food - Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

In the original PlayStation-era classic, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, many of the enemies you face are vampiric in origin.

To defeat them, and absorb their souls, your character Raziel must utilize traditional vampire-offing techniques. These include stakes through the heart, immersion in water, exposure to sunlight… all the classics.

Without a finisher though, enemies eventually get up ready for round two. The most efficient way to play is to use the environment to dispatch threats as quickly as possible, but… we have a villainous streak in us.

Some of us (okay, me) found it endlessly entertaining to beat the enemies to a pulp, but not deliver the final blow. Instead, we simply wait for them to recover, before slapping them back into a stunned state. Over and over again.

It’s clearly not the intended way to play, but it’s just cruel enough to satisfy that dark need for small, pointless acts of nastiness.

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Denying Prompto’s passion - FINAL FANTASY XV

This act of petty and unnecessary cruelty sits almost entirely in the head of the individual who suggested it, but it’s so weirdly well-considered, we have to mention it.

Prompto - and his photography - is one of the many highlights of FINAL FANTASY XV. He has a rich and compelling backstory and his quirky quips and snazzy snaps make him a genuine joy to have as a traveling companion. He’s just so… nice.

So naturally, one of the more cruel in the office admitted to an attempt to crush that spirit.

According to this member of the team, on his third playthrough, he decided to run a campaign of demoralization on the put-upon Prompto. Specifically, he decided to deny him any pleasure from his true love - photography.

Throughout the game, Prompto will show the gang pictures, ask to stop the car for a photo op, and even ask the player what they want him to take pictures of. In all cases, this player either ignored the request, showed disinterest (“whatever”), or actively denied him the opportunity. He even refused to look at the day’s pictures when he rested.

Prompto never showed any sign of disappointment, outside of the occasional groan when you deny him a picture. Throughout the adventure, he’s still the same cheerful Prompto - the game doesn’t care if you photo-block your friend.

But in this particular player’s head-canon, that upbeat attitude was masking a thick, rich seam of misery and despair.

All I can say is wow man… that’s dark.

Bullying the baddies - DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

We’ve all done this one.

In the early stages of an RPG like the DRAGON QUEST series, all monsters are a threat. Until you build up your experience, you have to keep your wits about you, because any attack could be your last.

So you fight and scrape your way through, use valuable restoratives and eventually make your way to the nearest church battered and bruised.

So there’s a certain sadistic satisfaction in going back to those areas when you’ve leveled up to teach each and every Slime and Dracky a little lesson about power. Let’s see how they like it.

There’s no real advantage to doing this - the experience gain is negligible and enemies don’t drop much valuable loot - so it’s all rather petty on our part. But oh boy, it feels good.

Rico-rolling - Just Cause 4

Rico Rodriguez has fought armies, taken down dictators and saved entire countries. But there’s one threat he’ll never be able to defeat… us.

One of the best features of the recent Just Cause 4 is the ability to keep Rico in a ragdoll state indefinitely. Essentially, if he takes a tumble, we can hold down a button and he won’t try to get up until gravity stops doing its thing.

It’s really satisfying to smash a wingsuiting Rico into a mountain, and make him tumble all the way down, bouncing over and over. And over again. All while poor Rico yelps out in pain and anguish. Mwahahaha!


You can enhance the effect further by activating the secret laughter track, making every pratfall sound like a cheesy studio sitcom.

It’s utterly undeserved, and yet endlessly compelling - though perhaps that says more about us than the game.

That was the team here, but what about you? Have you ever indulged your dark side like this, or are you above such things? Share your memories in the comments or on social media:

Just Cause 4 Development Update: April 2, 2019

An update from the team, and an exclusive look at the first DLC
By The Just Cause 4 team

First, a big thank you to everyone that’s tuned in for each Just Cause 4 Developer Blog Update. We really appreciate all of the support you have shown us, and we will continue to post these blogs as we deliver more updates to the game.

We can confirm that further patches and content is coming to Just Cause 4. The team has been working hard on these future updates to the game, as we continue to listen to player feedback, aiming to address the most requested improvements to the game as quickly as possible.

We additionally have a separate team working on our upcoming DLC content. We will soon have more to reveal on the Dare Devils, Demons and Danger Expansion Pass, but for now, we’d like to show an exclusive glimpse at our first Expansion Pass content:

We will continue to update and improve Just Cause 4 and we’re pleased to confirm that the next few updates will bring some additional content! More on that at a later date. Stay tuned!

The Just Cause Team

Just Cause 4 Development Update: March 7, 2019

The team talks fixes to the game, free skins and future content
By The Just Cause 4 team

Hey everyone,

As we mentioned in our last blog post, we are eager to share more behind the scenes information about the future updates to Just Cause 4. Thanks to everyone for their words of encouragement in response to this news!

The team is ready to launch a new console update. Xbox and PlayStation users can expect this patch to roll out today. Included in this patch is the latest water effects and anti-aliasing improvements. PC players will receive a similar update later this week, along with additional features such as Chroma Keyboard support. Follow @JustCause on Twitter for the latest news on this!

Here are the patch notes for PS4/Xbox One:

  • Performance improvements
  • Water improvements
  • Vegetation improvements
  • New anti-aliasing system
  • New 4K rendering solution
  • Various bug fixes
  • Updated Customization menu
  • JC3 Rico Skin (Legacy Item)

You can see the improvements to anti-aliasing in the below image:

(Above images captured on Xbox One)

We’ve also added a little gift for all you double denim fans out there. Included in the patch update is a free Legacy Item – The Just Cause 3 Rico outfit! This is just one of the free Legacy Items we have planned. We hope to share more about Legacy Items soon. You can access the JC3 Rico skin from the updated customisation menu.

We know that a lot of fans have asked about DLC and future content for Just Cause 4. We have put together a roadmap that shows some of the upcoming updates to the game. We will of course be sharing news on DLC3 and other content down the line closer to their launch. Please note that some of these timings may change but we will keep you up-to-date via this blog.

As you can see, we’ve split this timeline between free and premium content. As well as the expected DLC packs we’re also going to be releasing more legacy item updates for free, and continuing to patch updates into the game.

We are also pleased to reveal that we’ll be launching a free monthly challenge program starting with the launch of DLC2. These Monthly Challenges will test even the most skilled JC players. Completing each challenge will earn you cosmetic rewards for your wingsuit & parachute – we will be talking more about Monthly Challenges closer to launch.

We look forward to sharing more with you soon!

The Just Cause team

Just Cause 4: Development Update

The team's working on improving vegetation, water and more.
By The Just Cause 4 Team

Firstly, to all fans that have played and provided feedback on Just Cause 4, thank you for your continued support. We actively read feedback and pass it on to the development team.

One thing we’re keen to do is share more with you, the JC community, about the development of the game. Here’s what we’ve been working towards lately and what to expect from future patches for Just Cause 4. Don’t worry – this blog will focus on production and won’t include any Just Cause spoilers!

So what’s been going on recently at Avalanche? Today we released a small PC update that fixed a broken Just Cause 4 achievement.

We’re also pleased to say that work on the future updates to Just Cause 4 has been going well. Visual upgrades have been a core focus for the team here in order to deliver the most immersive Solís experience possible.

Here’s a preview of some of the changes we’ve been working on for the next couple of updates to Just Cause 4:

Improved vegetation

Vegetation-related fixes have been a primary objective for the team. As you can see in the image below, medium-sized rainforest vegetation now renders shadows, regardless of its distance from Rico. Previously, in the range shown in the below image, many of the smaller shrubs wouldn’t have any shadows.

A separate issue related to the fade effect on vegetation close to the camera has now been fixed. Previously, this effect would cause visibility issues when walking through vegetation or tethering to vehicles, but now it applies to bark and smaller shrubs, instead of just large plants' foliage.

Improved water effects

The team has also focused on improving the visual quality of rivers and water in Just Cause 4.

One of the key improvements has been underwater visibility - underwater tonal colours have been fixed, rays of light and ambient light now match the surface, and we’ve fixed river surface visibility when underwater, so waves/ripples from boats/foam are visible when Rico’s submerged!

Waterfalls now exit rivers in a more realistic manner (we’ve removed particles in the below screenshot to show what's behind the waterfall:

There have been various other graphical fixes to JC4 rivers, such as improved foam and water wakes generated by boats, to fish now spawning underwater.

More improvements to come

These are just some of the improvements we’re currently working on. We’re going to continue our efforts to provide even more fixes for JC4, such as stabilisation improvements, 4K checkerboard rendering on consoles and more. Avalanche are also looking to overhaul the anti-aliasing solution, in order to improve the overall visual fidelity and remove some of the noise that can become apparent in high contrast lighting.

Our team is working very hard to ensure we can deliver the patch work you have requested to the highest quality and as soon as possible. These Developer Blog Updates will hopefully shine a light on some of that work and give you an insight into what’s going on behind the scenes. We hope you find them interesting and useful!

We look forward to sharing more of our progress with you soon and hope that you’re excited to find out more about what’s going on behind the scenes here!

The Just Cause Team

All screenshots in this blog post were captured on a high end PC with a GeForce GTX 1070 and i7-6700K.

Just Cause 4: how to use the wingsuit like a pro

Learn how to traverse the skies of Solís with grace and style with these useful tips.
By Duncan Heaney

The wingsuit’s one of the best ways to get around Just Cause 4’s massive world - it’s fast, fun and fluid… but it does take a bit of practice to truly master.

Fortunately, we’ve put together some top tips to help you on your way. Follow this advice, and you’ll soon soar around Solís like a majestic eagle.

1. Be gentle with the controls

Rico Rodriguez is not exactly known for subtlety, but the wingsuit requires a gentle touch. The smallest movement of the analogue stick, or the lightest touch on the keyboard, is enough to change your flight path.

To stay on track, dodging trees and other obstacles, you need to make regular, gentle course corrections. Wide sweeps left and are likely to plough you into a rock or send you the wrong way - so save the big movements for when you need to make a sharp turn!

2. Wingsuit from a grapple for maximum momentum

It’s important to know how to get into the air with speed right out of the gate - and like many situations in Just Cause 4, the grapple is your best friend.

Simply use the grapple to launch yourself along the ground, or upwards towards an obstacle. Then, simply activate the wingsuit, and Rico will transfer that momentum into flight. Shouting “Wheee!” as you do so is optional, but recommended.

3. Use your parachute to get some height

Rico’s biggest enemy isn’t Oscar Espinosa or Gabriela Morales - it’s gravity. You can fly around for a while in Just Cause 4, but sooner or later you’ll lose momentum and plummet face-first into the ground.

Fortunately, Rico isn’t a one trick pony - he has his trusty parachute tucked away. Simply switch to the parachute and Rico will shoot up into the air. Then, reactivate your wingsuit and you can keep going - you might even gain a little momentum in the process.

It’s great for extending flight time, getting over large obstacles like mountains, and getting back to shore quickly if you lose momentum over water.

Basically, flipping between wingsuit and parachute (and vice versa) is one of the most useful skills in the game - so get used to doing it!

4. Wind is your friend

In real life, wind is a problem. It’s cold, knocks over the trash, and makes people not want to sit next to you on trains.

But in Just Cause 4, wind is just the best. For example, throughout Solís are wind pockets that can give your wingsuit time a serious boost.

Alternatively you can go full Wizard of Oz and dive headfirst into a tornado, then use the centrifugal force to build up speed and slingshot into the air. Admittedly it’s only useful in a few scenarios, but it sure is fun.

5. Stay close to the ground and use your grapple to stay aloft

The key to long wingsuit runs is to stay close to the ground. Not in a metaphorical “stay out of trouble” way - that ain’t Rico’s style - we mean literally stay within easy reach of the floor.

Connect your grapple to part of the environment, be it the ground, a tree, a building or even a car, and you’ll get a speed burst that will keep you in the air. Smart use of the grapple can keep you airborne indefinitely.

There are risks, of course. The lower you go, the more chance you have to careen into a tree or building, but if you can master the ebb and flow of low-level flight, you’re well on your way to becoming a wingsuit master.

6. Grapple boost while using the wingsuit for a high-risk speed burst

If you’re really brave you can also speed up your grapple with a press of the left trigger - do it right and Rico will spin and shoot forward with incredible speed.

This is a seriously dangerous move - hit a tree or a wall and Rico’s probably not going to get up again. But if you nail it… oh boy, is it satisfying!

7. Pull back to clear cliffs and obstacles - and do tricks

So you’re zooming towards a hill - how do you get past it? Simple - use your grapple and tilt yourself upwards. Provided the incline’s not to tall or steep, Rico should sail right over.

It’s a considerably riskier maneuver than using the parachute to clear obstacles, but it also means you keep your momentum going and your speed up.

If you can remain fast, you can also pull back in the air to do tricks like spins and vertical loops. Just make sure you have enough space available, or poor Rico’s going to be nursing more than a few bruises.

8. Do the wingsuit challenges

There are wingsuit courses all over Solís, that let you test your skills. Some are simple runs of a few rings, others are risky gauntlets that will force you to use every trick you have to succeed.

Each one gives you points towards upgrading your grapple, but that’s not the only reason it’s worth doing them. Perhaps even more importantly, they’ll also build your skills and help you master the control scheme.

Speaking of which…

9. Change the controls if you need to

Some people like inverted flight options - where you push down to go up. Others find it mind-bending and unintuitive.

If you’re find that you’re struggling with the default controls, don’t be afraid to change them. You can do it in the options menu - experiment and find a control scheme you’re comfortable with.

10. Don’t be afraid to fail

Don’t obsess about trying to ‘git good’. The Just Cause series is all about having fun, so just relax and enjoy the ride. Remember - the more you fail, the more you learn, so while your first few flights might end with poor Rico scraping his forehead across a cliff face, you’ll eventually be zipping around Solís with grace and style.

And if not, who cares - watching Rico flail helplessly down a mountain is always funny. Especially if you add a laughter track…

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These Just Cause 4 Easter Eggs will blow your mind

Some a-moo-sing secrets that just scream “Take on me”
By Duncan Heaney

It can be difficult to notice between the stunts, tornadoes and endless explosions, but the island of Solís is packed with secrets and Easter Eggs.

The Just Cause team put together this fantastic video showcasing some of the most entertaining in the game. If you can stop blowing things up for a few seconds (and we appreciate that’s a difficult ask), you might just be able to find them yourselves…

Not able to watch? Here’s a rundown of some of my personal favorites:

1. The gun that turns things into cows

You may think this secret is a load of bull - and you’d be right!

Hidden on a small farm in north-east Vaivenes is a very special gun. How special? It turns enemies into cows.

Yes - some games have freeze rays, but Just Cause 4 has a Friesian ray.

It’s amazing fun to embrace the spirit of 90s catchphrases and charge around Solís shouting things like “Cowabunga!” and “Don’t have a cow man!”, and honestly, that would be enough to make it worth it - but no, there’s more.

The alt-fire function on the gun is even better - it turns Rico into a cow too. I mean, if you’re looking to beef up the main character, that’s one way to do it.

2. Step into an 80s music video

If you’re a fan of classic 80s music… well, who isn’t a fan of classic 80s music?

In the town of Vista Futura, in the Abundancia region of Solís, is a building that looks like it’s under construction. When you get near, you may notice a faint rendition of A-ha’s classic Take On Me playing in the background.

Grapple up to the roof and enter the building and Rico will enter a version of the classic Take On Me music video - complete with black and while line drawing visuals, a window to the ‘real world’ and a dancing woman.

3. Turn Just Cause 4 into the world’s most violent sitcom

So you’re soaring majestically over Solis, when you suddenly faceplant into the side of a mountain. It’s always funny when it happens, but do you know what would make it even better? A laughter track, of course.

That’s exactly what this secret gives you. Back in Vaivenes, in the town of Joya Del Sol, is a slightly creepy clown poster. It’s on the back of a building in the fun fair - you’ll have to move a dumpster to find it.

Shoot the poster, and you’ll activate a laugh track that activates every time Rico ragdolls. That means every time you’re blown up, hit by a car, or fly headfirst into a solid object, the audience will crack up as if they’re watching it live.

It essentially turns the game into a cheesy studio sitcom - sort of like the Big Bang Theory, just with more broken bones.

That’s just the tip of a very entertaining iceberg - there are even more Easter Eggs discussed in the video, and map locations to find them, and some we still haven’t even touched on.

But which have you found, and which do you like most? Share your thoughts in the comments, and with Just Cause on Twitter. And check out the Just Cause YouTube channel for even more great videos:

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The first round of the Just Cause Stunt Squad competition is over and… well, frankly I’m blown away.

And a bit down if I’m honest - I mean, you go through life thinking you’re good at Just Cause 4, and then you see skills like this:

Congratulations to everyone who made the cut - particularly winner EV_Cartman who took the daily grind to a whole new level. Enjoy your swag - you earned it.

And well done to everyone else who took part. But you know - that’s just a small taste of the amazing stunts that were submitted.

BONUS: Some of the ones that got away

Unfortunately, a few submissions were from regions ineligible to take part in Stunt Squad. But even though they couldn’t win, we wanted to give them their due anyway, because some of them were absolutely spectacular - see for yourselves!

The runaway train goes down the… mountain? - by the lesi

This action sequence from YouTuber the lesi is absolutely insane. A train derailment is merely the beginning - soon Rico’s surfing down a mountain at insane speeds, zipping between disintegrating carriages and debris, all while blowing up the Black Hand. It’s like every action movie set piece rolled into one and it is glorious. Bravo.

Zip and Flip - by TheNiktheninja

Round and round and round it goes. Where will it stop? Nobody knows.

Actually, I do and it’s pretty crate.

No runway? No problem - by ThePyrotechnician

So, you want to get a plane in the sky but you don’t have a runway - what do you do?

Well, all you need is a speedboat, a grappling hook and some serious skills.

Sportive Double Bump Building - by MonkeyDTony

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s… wait, is that a car?!

MonkeyDTony gets some serious air and finds the perfect parking spot.

You can take part in Stunt Squad!

If you think you’ve got serious stunt skills, then you could join the Just Cause 4 Stunt Squad.

Simply submit your videos, and they may be shared with the millions of Just Cause fans around the world. And if glory’s not incentive enough, you also may be able to win exclusive prizes too (terms and conditions apply)!

So come on - show us what you got! You can submit stunts to https://justcause.square-enix-games.com/en-gb/stunt-squad/submit.

Something for the weekend - take a break from January with Just Cause 4

This weekend, escape the doldrums with everyone’s favorite wing-suited wonder.
By Duncan Heaney

Ugh, January can be tough. The holiday period has come to an end - you’ve eaten and drunk well, enjoyed laughter with loved ones, hung out with friends, and now… what?

You’re back to work or school, you’re trying to eat healthier food, it’s cold and grey and possibly even raining... in short, the transition back to real, everyday life can be somewhat trying. What you need is some time away from reality.

What you need is Just Cause 4.

Rico Rodriguez’s latest adventure takes him to Solís - a massive land of rainforests, mountains, deserts, ancient tombs and irresponsibly placed fuel tanks. That makes it the perfect place to relax and cut loose.

On Solís, you can do pretty much what you want, when you want. Fancy bringing down an entire military facility with nothing more than a set of balloons? You can do that. Want to undertake an exhilarating wingsuit race, then immediately hijack a helicopter and drop it on an APC? Why wouldn’t you do that?

Want to tether a cow to a car, the car to a tank, then float the bovine conga line into the heart of a thunderstorm? I mean, you theoretically could, but… what the heck’s wrong with you?!

It’s not all smooth sailing in Solís of course. Like many of us, Rico will eventually have to go back to work - he has a dictator to depose, a general to annoy and some pretty extreme weather to deal with after all.

Fortunately, Rico’s job involves wingsuits and weapons and parachutes and explosions and flying into tornadoes… it’s not work if you do what you love, right?

So don’t let January get you down. Take a jaunt to Solís this weekend - it’s just the thing to not just blow away those winter blues, but attach a rocket booster, blast them into a tornado, and then set them on fire.

Just Cause 4 is available on Steam, PS4 and Xbox One. And you join us this weekend, make sure you share your best moments with the Just Cause 4 Twitter and YouTube channels.

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Hello Everyone,

Following our PC update last week, we are pleased to announce we will be rolling out our Just Cause 4 hot fixes on Xbox One & PS4 later today. Full details can be found below.

Xbox One & PS4 Patch

All of the planned updates mentioned in our post last week have been implemented in the patch for Xbox One & PlayStation 4 today. One of the biggest updates included is the ability to alter the amount of motion blur, and the option to toggle the blur on or off. We have also made an important improvement to the resolution of the game on every platform. The full list of updates:

• Improvements to resolution scaling on both Xbox One and PS4

• Added a motion blur toggle to the options menu (following user requests)

• Added the ability to alter the amount of motion blur

• Fixes to some motion blur rendering issues

• Fixes to some texture mapping issues

• Other graphical improvements, such as smoother vegetation transitions

• Various stability fixes

• Lighting updates to some cut scenes

If you are experiencing issues then please contact the customer support teams who are also providing direct feedback to us:

Europe: http://support.eu.square-enix.com

North America: http://support.na.square-enix.com

Japan: http://support.jp.square-enix.com

We hope that the latest fixes work towards improving your experience with Just Cause 4. Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the game to date, we really appreciate your patience while we work on further fixes.

We will continue to monitor all of your feedback and keep you updated on future patches.

Many thanks

The Just Cause team


By Square Enix Team

Escobedo borrows a few style tips from Rico. Is he pulling it off?

Have you been enjoying our adventures of Cadiz & Escobedo? The two Black Hand henchmen that have found a place in their hearts for our Just Cause 4 high flying hero, Rico Rodriguez? If so, be sure to tune into Twitch.tv/SquareEnix for a special holiday live stream of Just Cause 4 featuring an appearance by Rico Rodriguez himself!

To spread the holiday cheer, we'll also be giving away awesome Just Cause 4 prizes from our partners at SCUFF Gaming and Razer! Check out the prizes below including a one-of-a-kind Just Cause 4 custom Playstation 4 Pro!

Tune in at https://www.twitch.tv/squareenix
Thursday, December 20th at 11:30am PST / 7:30pm GMT

Just Cause 4 Custom Playstation 4 Pro Console & Scuf Vantage PS4 Controller

Razor Huntsman Elite Keyboard

Razer Mamba & Firefly Hyperflux Mouse Pad

Razor Nari Ultimate Headset

If you haven't seen them all yet, be sure to check out all of our Cadiz & Escobedo videos to see what everyone has fallen in love with Just Cause 4.

Black Hand henchmen Cadiz & Escobedo pray for their fallen comrades … and their greatest enemy.

While recovering from Rico's assault on their base, Black Hand henchmen Cadiz & Escobedo are having a little trouble with their insurance claim.

Being stuck in the Black Hand's hospital is starting to get to Escobedo.



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Hello Everyone,

As we mentioned in our recent update, we have been monitoring your feedback and understand that a number of you are experiencing technical issues. We’re very sorry to hear this and want to assure you that our team of engineers at Avalanche Studios have been working hard over the last week to correct this.

We are expecting the first Just Cause 4 update for PC to roll out today around 3PM PST. The Just Cause 4 console patches should be ready next week (they take a little more time due to approvals with Microsoft and Sony). Full details on each of the patches can be found below.

Please rest assured that this is just the start of the work we are carrying out. We are prioritizing as best we can, and we are already working on further updates that will come in the New Year.

If the fix you are after is not in the list below please bear with us and we will update you ASAP.

PC Patch

  • Numerous stability fixes
  • Improvements and fixes to menu navigation for mouse and keyboard users
  • Support for remapping of movement keys
  • Improved vegetation rendering and asset updates
  • Fixes to some texture mapping issues
  • Increased mouse sensitivity range
  • Corrected specialized vehicle support for mouse and keyboard players
  • Fixed issue with steering flying vehicles with keyboard
  • Fixed the disabling SSAO option in Graphics menu, which resulted in broken Ambient Occlusion

Please note that this patch will also enable automatic crash reporting to ensure Avalanche can roll out fixes ASAP for any crashes that still happen to occur.

Xbox One & PS4 Patch

For Xbox One & PlayStation 4 we understand that motion blur is a big issue for some of you. We are therefore adding the ability to either alter the amount of blur, and the option to toggle the blur on or off. We have also made an important improvement to the resolution of the game on every platform. The full list of updates to expect are below:

  • Improvements to resolution on both Xbox One and PS4
  • Added a motion blur toggle to the options menu (following user requests)
  • Added the ability to alter the amount of motion blur
  • Fixes to some motion blur rendering issues
  • Fixes to some texture mapping issues
  • Other graphical improvements, such as smoother vegetation transitions
  • Various stability fixes
  • Lighting updates to some cut scenes

If you are experiencing issues then please contact the customer support teams who are also providing direct feedback to us:

Europe: http://support.eu.square-enix.com

North America: http://support.na.square-enix.com

Japan: http://support.jp.square-enix.com

As well as paying close attention to your feedback, we are really enjoying the incredible gameplay clips you have been creating. This is a big part of any Just Cause game, so please keep sharing your work. Our work continues, and watching you enjoy what we have created helps provide the fuel we also need. Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who has supported Just Cause 4 to date, we really appreciate your patience while we work on further patches and fixes. We will continue to monitor all of your feedback and keep you all updated on future patches.

The Just Cause team