Square Enix revealed the Just Cause series would be coming to mobile devices during last year’s Game Awards and showed a trailer for Just Cause: Mobile. While the game’s announcement promised a 2021 release date, it appears the portable version of the series may take a bit longer to bake than planned, with the development team just confirming the delay.
Just Cause: Mobile will now be released in 2022, as revealed on the game’s official Twitter account, with Square Enix blaming the COVID epidemic as a major factor in the decision. “We’ve had to adjust to a new method of working,” the statement says, adding that the adjustments have caused “development timetable delays.”
Hogwarts Legacy, Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Gotham Knights, Need for Speed, Sifu, and the new God of War are among the games that have had their release dates pushed back owing to the pandemic’s unforeseeable repercussions. Another title just joined that list, with Tango Gameworks revealing that Ghostwire Tokyo has been postponed until 2022 in order to safeguard the health of everyone involved.
For those unfamiliar with Just Cause: Mobile, the game will include a new cast of characters as well as a new plot rooted in the Just Cause universe. Unlike other third-person shooters, Cause: Mobile will be presented from a top-down, isometric perspective, with players roaming open-world landscapes, engaging in multiplayer PVP fights, and participating in an online challenge game. The latter allows users to compete in a variety of entertaining contests, such as races and frenzied fights, to see who can destroy the most in a set period of time.
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— Just Cause: Mobile (@justcausemobile) July 12, 2021
The Just Cause: Mobile cinematic trailer, which debuted at E3 and showed a squad of four characters blasting their way through a heavily guarded military base while atop rockets, flying helicopters, and driving cars through walls, was a strong indicator of the tone Square is looking to capture with the spin-off. It already appears to be a fresh new spin on the series that will appeal to Just Cause aficionados.
Players may delve into the mainstream series, which currently has four installments, while they wait for the 2022 release. Returning protagonist Rico Rodrguez travels to the fictitious country of Sols in Just Cause 4, which was published in 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. There, he must contend with brand new dynamic weather phenomena like chaotic tornadoes and sandstorms, as well as an army of enigmatic adversaries known as the Black Hand.