“We don’t want to reinvent the wheel. We want to take the bicycle wheel and turn it into a monster truck wheel.” That’s the strange metaphor used by Avalanche Software to describe their intentions with the Apex Engine, the powerful new engine that’s running under the hood of Just Cause 4.
And while Just Cause is known as one of the more tongue-in-cheek open world series out there, the new promotional video dropped by publisher Square Enix takes itself very seriously. Hyper-serious cuts and transitions abound as the video highlights the Apex Engine’s goals, described as “the vehicle that allows [Avalanche] to make the game.
Sandstorms, tornadoes and blizzards are some of the new effects that will debut in this fourth installment of the venerable open world series. “It incorporates things like artificial intelligence, dynamic spawning and our rendering system is best in class when it comes to topographical systems.”
Referencing the dictionary, Avalanche maintains that the Apex Engine is the “pinnacle” or “peak” of technological accomplishment. And according to presenter Jessica Chobot, the engine can handle crazy physics, dynamic weather patterns and brand new terrain and will “literally blow your mind.”
I’d honestly have preferred a little bit more gameplay footage and technical specifics on how Apex will hit the bar that Avalanche is aiming for, especially when you consider that Just Cause 3 was blighted by some erratic frame rates and sluggish loading when it was released in 2015.
Still, what we see remains incredibly promising: a playground of destruction with not just grander scenery but nonsensical weather patterns that suggest even more chaos and sci-fi level weapons to take Just Cause 4 to the limit.
Just Cause 4 will arrive for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on December 4, 2018.