The guys at GameInformer have another scoop about the next Just Cause game, and this one isn't really cause for celebration. Turns out that Just Cause 3's sandbox experience will be single-player-only to start. The game won't ship with a multiplayer mode.
Just Cause 2 was similarly lacking when it came out four years ago, but crafty modders (with Square Enix's blessing) added an unofficial multiplayer mode called JC2-MP. Referring to that mod and to the prospect of multiplayer in Just Cause 3, Avalanche COO Christofer Sundberg told GameInformer:
The mod is absolutely fantastic. . . . We owe those guys a lot. They have actually supported the game and helped it stay alive so many years after it was released. We don't expect the fans to make the multiplayer for Just Cause 3, but at some point you have to make a choice on where your focus is. Our strength is the sandbox experience, and we want to deliver a great Just Cause 3 experience.
There may be hope yet, though. Avalanche Studios reportedly "doesn't discount" the possibility of adding multiplayer as an update later on. GameInformer suspects that a potential JC3 multiplayer mode might use Square Enix's Shinra Technologies cloud gaming service—and indeed, Shinra executive Jacob Navok told GameInformer that Shinra is "working on a possible future collaboration with Avalanche Studios." As for the JC2-MP creators, they're also not ruling out a potential JC3-MP project. "We'll see what happens," said co-creator Cameron Foote.
So, yeah. There's probably a fair chance that Just Cause 3 will get a multiplayer mode... eventually. But when it launches next year on PC, PS4, and Xbone, the game will be MP-free.