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Mad Max trailer shows exploding cars, makes lofty claims

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Look, I don't want to waste your time here: this is not the most revelatory game trailer you will ever see. Across the thirty seconds of Mad Max footage, we get cars, crashes, swirling cameras and big text saying things like "THIS IS MORE THAN A MACHINE," while doing little to back up that statement.

It does have a few things going for it. Firstly, it's a brief chance to catch a glimpse at Avalanche's next game—something I have high hopes for given their work with Just Cause 2. Secondly, if you play the video and then start tapping the number keys on your keyboard, the time-stamped sound effects make for a great industrial music soundboard.


Just Cause 2: Multiplayer Mod gets absurd launch trailer ahead of its impending release

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It's justifiably our mod of the week and, after an intense week-long beta period, it's set to officially release in just a few short hours. One lone figure brought chaos and destruction to the island of Panau, but Just Cause 2 Multiplayer brings exponentially more. It gives players the chance to start events, compete in races, or just hang out in the airport for five seconds before being killed. The mod's launch trailer rounds up some of the many available actions.


Mad Max trailer shows vehicular combat, violent flourishes and dark brooding

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In an unusual move, Avalanche have filled their *sigh* 'Gameplay' trailer with next to no footage of the game being played. There are brief frames of video that might correspond to what you'd see while directly interacting with the finished product, but for the most you're getting in-engine scenes of the bits in between the playing. Cutscenes and cinematic finishers acted out by some brooding stubble attached to a leathery sack of hair-trigger violence, who seethes through a dust strewn wasteland.


Just Cause 2 Multiplayer mod is back with another test weekend

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The manic Just Cause 2 Multiplayer mod is holding another public test this weekend, after adding a selection of features sure to amplify the absurdity. Well, mainly one feature: improved hit detection - transporting over the single-player aiming system, for gunfights that are more responsive and lag-free. There's a trailer showing the new system in action. Warning: dubstep.


Mad Max game finally announced, being developed by Just Cause studio

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After months of blurry images and garbled messages in the sand, we finally have some concrete details about the Mad Max game Avalanche Studios is definitely making. Those details are about as barren as an Australian desert, but here’s what we know:


Just Cause developer had a steampunk game in the works, will make it "sooner or later"

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From the “what could have been” files, Avalanche Studios’ Christofer Sundberg hinted that the Just Cause team was once working on a steampunk-style game but had to stop development.


Just Cause 2 Multiplayer mod unleashes more chaos with public test this weekend

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Given the level of unchecked infrastructural carnage caused by a single Rico in Just Cause 2, packing over a thousand of him into a single instance of Panau sounds like a really bad idea. Or a really good one. It depends on your fondness for explosions, crashes and parachutes. Either way, it's an experience, and one you can participate in this coming weekend with the next public test of the Just Cause 2 Multiplayer mod.


Avalanche Studios: There's going to be fewer big-budget games

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Speaking to Gamasutra today about the state of "AAA" development in the context of the next run of consoles, Avalanche Studio Creative Director Stefan Ljungqvist told the outlet that what he would like more opportunities to be creative and to delve into more experimental projects. Though some big publishers are leery of risk-taking, creativity-driven projects (with a few exceptions), Ljungqvist says that they might be more inclined to taking risks now because there is a need to be more unique.


Avalanche: "The PS4 will out-power most PCs for years to come"

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Before you reach for your keyboard-shaped axe in fury, know that Avalanche co-founder Linus Blomberg is specifically referring to the next-gen console's 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. That's an impressive leap for living-room gaming, especially since DDR5 system RAM isn't yet available for PCs—though we believe you can achieve comparable power with less over-the-top hardware. Still, Blomberg's thoughts in a GamingBolt interview show Sony's newest baby impressed a number of industry members.


Analysing what are probably two Just Cause 3 screenshots

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Avalanche CEO posts mysterious screenshot; is most likely Just Cause 3

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What we want to see from Avalanche's rumoured Mad Max game

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Last year filming finally wrapped on a fourth Mad Max movie, subtitled Fury Road, after decades of stop-start development. We’ve known for some time that a tie-in game was also in the making, with God Of War 2 director Cory Barlog mentioning the project as early as 2008.

Since then Barlog has moved on but the screenshot above, tweeted by Avalanche Studios founder Christofer Sundberg, seems to give weight to persistent rumours that the Just Cause developer is now making the game. This would be a good thing, Just Cause having a blend of open-world freedom, vehicle-heavy mayhem and attaching people to exploding objects that scream “YES, THIS” to anyone familiar with Mel Gibson’s pre-sugar titted big screen heyday. Here are some other things we think would make for an excellent Road Warrior game.


Just Cause creators tease new project with blurry shot of blurry men doing blurry violence

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"We've got our publisher's PR crew here today. Maybe I should shake them up a little bit and leak something just for the fun of it," Avalanche founder Christofer Sundberg tweeted yesterday. Minutes later, he uploaded the instagram shot above saying "We're making awesome games at #avalanchestudios! This year will be awesome!"

But will it be Just Cause 3 awesome, or Mad Max awesome? Rumours of an Avalanche Mad Max project have been circulating for years, and a movie reboot starring Tom "Gotham's reckoning" Hardy is due next year. The battered motorbike/sidecar combo and the crowbar thing the driver's wielding fit in nicely with the regressive post apocalyptic tech of Mad Max, but the driver also sports the dark shirt and shoulder straps favoured by Just Cause protagonist, Rico. Hmmm, what do you think?


Just Cause 3 hinted at by Avalanche CEO, targeting "next generation" platforms

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Details have surfaced of Just Cause 2 developer Avalanche's upcoming projects. Kotaku's Superannuation spotted the LinkedIn profile of Avalanche head Christofer Sundberg that hint at a follow up to Rico's ridiculous island adventure.

It appears under the title "Unannounced Sandbox Action Game," and is due to published by Square Enix. The description reads: "New installment in a very well-known game series. The game is being developed at Avalanche Studios New York studio and is scheduled for completion in June 2015 for next generation console platforms."


Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod kicks off weekend public beta test

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Panau party time! The team behind the Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod announced a weekend-long public beta test over Twitter, C4-ing open the gates for hundreds of players to pile in and unleash chaotic hell for 48 hours.