This past December during The Game Awards 2020 Square Enix announced a new mobile entry in the popular Just Cause series titled, appropriately, Just Cause Mobile. While Square Enix Montreal has largely been the mobile division of Square Enix, creating such classics as Hitman/Lara Croft/Deus Ex Go and Hitman Sniper, and is currently developing Hitman Sniper: The Shadows and a new Space Invaders augmented reality game in collaboration with Taito, Just Cause Mobile is reportedly being developed by a brand new team inside of Square Enix. While no specific release date had been announced for Just Cause Mobile the target has always been to release the game on both iOS and Android in 2021. Unfortunately, like so many other developers over the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a big effect on the development schedule of Just Cause Mobile and this week the game has officially been pushed back to 2022.
It’s hard to be upset at news like this given the circumstances of the global pandemic, but it’s definitely disappointing to know it’ll be an even longer wait to see what Just Cause Mobile has to offer. It is described as an action shooter that takes place in the Just Cause universe but features its own original story and characters that aren’t directly related to the mainline games. It’ll feature a full story campaign, 30 player multiplayer, and a cooperative mode for up to 4 players. Also, lots and lots of explosions, as you can see in the original announcement trailer from December above as well as the cinematic trailer that was released in March during the Square Enix Presents event. While this delay is definitely a bummer, the Just Cause Mobile Twitter account says they’ll be sharing more information about the game soon so at the very least I’ll be looking forward to learning more in anticipation of the game’s new 2022 launch window.