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Just Cause 3 won't have microtransactions or free-to-play hooks, dev says

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Avalanche Studios downplayed fears today that its new game, Just Cause 3, will feature in-game microtransactions or free-to-play game mechanics, a rumor that spawned after screenshots of the new game leaked ahead of today's official reveal. Christofer Sundberg, co-founder and chief creative officer of Avalanche Studios, said the leak of old screenshots led to "a few misconceptions."

"Those leaked screenshots were taken from an ancient version of Just Cause 3," Sundberg wrote on the developer's website. "Like most games, this one went through an exploratory phase where we looked at different control schemes, different technologies, different business models. Those leaked screenshots show aspects of that process, and in no way reflect the game we are making today."

Just Cause 3, Sundberg said, will be distributed as a retail box and available for download, similar to other AAA games. It's not a free-to-play game, nor does it feature in-game microtransactions, he said.

"Does that mean we'll release the game and call it quits? Nope," Sundberg said. "Beyond launch, we are likely to look into DLC packs and items as part of our ambition to support Just Cause 3 and its players for many years to come, but until that time we're completely focused on making the best Just Cause game we possibly can. Rest assured it will be a huge, fully packed and extremely rewarding experience right out of the gate."

Square Enix and Avalanche Studios announced Just Cause 3 earlier today. The "next generation of chaotic sandbox fun" is slated to come to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One in 2015.