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Avalanche and Square Enix show off Just Cause 4 at E3

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The Just Cause 4 leak someone from Avalanche forgot to plug has indeed turned out to be true and the latest instalment in the dev's hit franchise promises to be bigger, badder and more destructible than any of its Just Cause predecessors.

So, Rico Rodriguez is back, this time in fictional South American country of Solis. His anti-dictator urges are back in Just Cause 4, with the recipient being Gabriella, leader of a private militia organisation called Black Hand.

Avalanche claim Solis is full of "history, secrets and danger" and indeed, the trailer teases a few simply gorgeous locations from Just Cause 4. Don't be fooled by the seeming hospitable nature of the in-game environments, because they can and will turn on you in an instant.

In fact, Just Cause 4 claims to take destruction and physics to a whole new level, thanks to extreme weather. Tornados, lightning, sandstorms, blizzards - Just Cause 4 throws it all at Rico, leaving players to deal with it.

Avalanche claims to have overhauled vehicles, with some added functionality. A bunch of vehicles will be available, with new physics for cars, motorcycles, jet skis and even micro-jets.

Perhaps the most notable gameplay improvement is on the grapple hook, which now boasts more tethers, booster rockets and even the capability to attach air lifters, for some easy transport of heavy stuff. Pretty clever indeed.

The game's combat has supposedly been improved as well, introducing better AI and different enemy archetypes for players to worry about. Also, is it just me or does the dude on 2:41 keep hinting at Baddlefield V? Oh well, must be a personal trauma of some sort.

Just Cause 4 has been built on Avalanche Studios' proprietary Apex engine, versions of which powered the earlier Just Cause instalments as well as the likes of Rage 2. Apex allegedly boasts the highest draw distance of all its competitors, although we're not opening that can of worms here.

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Rico's new adventures will be kicking off on 04 December 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.