Yes, Just Cause 3 is bloody massive

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Man, Just Cause 3 is going to be big. Real big. Bigger than a book of Yo Momma jokes. A big world, filled with all manner of tropical beauty and scenic vistas that most likely claimed the lives of many an environment artist at developer Avalanche Studios.

I’M GONNA BLOW IT ALL UP AND THEN SOME. Just Cause 3 is currently boasting that it may just have the biggest map ever seen in a video game, a sandbox that goes by the name of the Medici Island in the Mediterranean Sea.

400 Square Miles of of real estate, waiting to be annihilated with Baysplosions. “I think we still have one of the biggest maps ever,” game director Roland Lesterlin said in a new developer diary video.

The map itself now features three major regions: Region 1 is designed as a “medley of wealthy and poor towns” with farm areas dotted around, while Region 2 is filled with military bases and “very poor fishing towns.” Region 3 caps the design off, with an untamed region of forests and mountains.

“It’s sort of our Game of Thrones,” art director Zach Schlappi said of that region.

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Rico’s new environment was designed to fulfil two specific criteria: A vertical environment to emphasise the use of his new aerial abilities, and locations that would allow Rico to get “very quickly into the air”.

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So yes, Just Cause 3 is indeed a ridiculously massive game, when you consider that Just Cause 2 had an area that measured around 20 square miles in size.

The challenge as usual, is to keep those zones interesting,a  problem that the first Just Cause sequel had. As gorgeous as the map was for the time, it did have a habit of feeling particularly empty at times. Unless you were in a jet. With a soldier attached to it, screaming for his life ebfore you ejected and watched said jet crash into an oil rig.

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Look, I’m getting distracted, but I’m also rather keen to relive some of that horrific property damage carnage again on December 1 when the game releases. I’m also super-keen to see what the PC modding community does with this one.

Last Updated: October 2, 2015

Darryn Bonthuys

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  • VampyreSquirrel

    The guys at Achievement Hunter have been playing the beta… this game is going to be waaaaaaaay too much fun to mess around in.

  • Grand Admiral Chief


  • VampyreSquirrel

    400 square miles = 1036 square KM… HOLY HELL!

  • Just meh 3….

    • VampyreSquirrel

      It’s just cause you don’t like the type of game… right? 😛

      • Pretty much yeah 😀

        • VampyreSquirrel

          Long week? Did you catch the pun or just ignore it? LOL

          • just cause? Yeah. Caught it after lol. Very long week X_X

    • Hammersteyn

      Bought to you by Square MEHnix

  • Willie Roberts

    My December holiday is going to be spent in many good ways…. I mean I get to visit London, spend time in a dystopia and even get to go to an exotic island….. So much pretty, so much explosions….

    • Hammersteyn


  • Hammersteyn


  • Hammersteyn

    The wing suit will open up the game immensely. Like the grappling hook dit in Dying Light. Only more.

    • VampyreSquirrel

      Get multi grappling hooks in this game… O.O IT’S GONNA BE AWESOME!

  • Viking Of Science

    Umm, Darryn, JC2’s map size was 400sqm, not 20…. it was 20mi x 20mi…. So the map for JC3 is the same size as JC2 then….

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