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Just Cause 3 won't ship with multiplayer

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

When Just Cause 3 comes to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One next year, it will do so without a multiplayer component, developer Avalanche Studios told Game Informer. But that doesn't mean the chaotic sandbox game will never have multiplayer, the developer says.

"Maybe sometime down the line, we'll take Rico into the modern world of multiplaying," said Christofer Sundberg, co-founder and chief creative officer of Avalanche Studios.

The last entry in the franchise, Just Cause 2, got multiplayer support years after its release on PC, thanks to a fan-developed mod (pictured above). It's unofficial, but the free Just Cause 2: Multiplayer Mod is sanctioned by publisher Square Enix. And while no one will say definitively one way or the other, it sounds like the mod team responsible for that feat will work on a follow-up for Just Cause 3.

For now, it sounds like if and when multiplayer comes to the next Just Cause, it probably won't be Avalanche leading the charge.

"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," Sundberg said. "Our strength is the sandbox experience, and we want to deliver a great Just Cause 3 experience."

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