Square Enix has announced that its highly-anticipated mobile game, Just Cause Mobile, has been cancelled before its official global release. The game was initially announced at The Game Awards in 2020 and promised a story campaign with co-op missions and competitive multiplayer, featuring a unique movement system that utilized franchise staples like grapple guns, parachutes, and wing suits. The game was developed using Unreal Engine 4 and was billed as a mobile extension of the over-the-top Just Cause series.
The game’s website and Twitter account have been taken offline, and Square Enix has confirmed that the game will no longer be available on digital stores as of July 3, 2023. The cancellation of the game comes after it was made available in regional early access in certain territories, with plans to eventually release it everywhere. However, the game’s development has been repeatedly delayed, leading to an indefinite delay toward the end of last year and the termination of all regional early access programs in February.
In a statement, Square Enix brand lead Anne-Lou Grosbois-Favreau expressed sadness at the end of development for Just Cause Mobile and thanked fans for their support. The brand manager also confirmed that any in-game currency that players might have will be refunded in full.
Just Cause Mobile is not the only mobile game based on a big IP to be cancelled in recent times. Earlier this year, EA shut down Battlefield Mobile and Apex Legends Mobile. The cancellation of Just Cause Mobile is a blow to fans who have been eagerly anticipating the release of the game, especially given the success of the Just Cause franchise, which has seen sequels release in 2010, 2015, and 2018.
The cancellation of Just Cause Mobile comes as a surprise to fans and industry insiders alike, especially given the success of the Just Cause franchise. The series, which debuted in 2006, has become known for its over-the-top action and open-world gameplay, allowing players to explore vast environments and use a variety of weapons and vehicles to wreak havoc.
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It is unclear what led to the cancellation of Just Cause Mobile, but given its troubled development, the news is not entirely surprising. Fans of the franchise will now have to wait and see if Square Enix has any plans for future Just Cause games or if the series will come to an end.
The exact reason for the cancellation is unclear, but it may have been due to development delays, technical issues, or changes in the mobile gaming market.
Just Cause Mobile was initially set to be released in 2021, but its development was repeatedly delayed, leading to an indefinite delay toward the end of last year and the termination of all regional early access programs in February.
Yes, Square Enix has confirmed that any in-game currency that players might have will be refunded in full.
Yes, Square Enix has a proven track record of success with mobile games like Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and Dragon Quest of the Stars, and it is likely that the company will continue to invest in new projects in the future.