The popular Just Cause 2 Multiplayer mod has received a significant update, overhauling the main menu, adding Steam Achievements and a lot more.
The update, version 0.2, is in public beta and adds new features as well as fixes a lot of bugs. New features include being able to script NPC characters and render inside the world. Examples of usable scripts on the mod's website include those for the wingsuit, for companions, for claymore mines and more. It sounds like there's been a lot of work done to improving server and client communication and performance too. There's a full list of changes on that website.
If you want to help test version 0.2 before it's generally released, opt in to the public beta branch on Steam's Betas tab. "Do not switch to this branch unless you are willing to actively help find issues and prepare your scripts for the release," the team warned. "If you don't know how to switch to the branch, we advise you wait for the official release." If you do switch, you won't be able to use servers running mod version 0.1.5. To switch back, opt out of betas again.
How clever of Sony to start the PlayStation Summer Sale when the weather outside is s***. Even the promo-man pictured on the PlayStation blog wears a rain snorkel.
UPDATE 07/11/2014: The boss of Avalanche Studios has moved to calm concern over micro-transactions in upcoming action sandbox Just Cause 3.
UPDATE: 5.17pm: Just Cause publisher Square Enix has issued us the following statement regarding the Just Cause 3 domain registration:
The community behind Just Cause 2's fantabulous multiplayer mod have highlighted a server with a mod of its own: a world-building mod!
Got any money left? It's the last day of the venerated Steam Sale, dubbed "Encore Day", for which the most popular deals have been brought back.
Just Cause 2 developer Avalanche Studios has given the multiplayer mod set to launch officially on Steam this month its blessing.
UPDATE: The multiplayer mod for Just Cause 2 launches on 16th December 2013, its Steam page has revealed.
Just Cause 2 developer Avalanche Studios has teased a couple of images that appear to be from a new Just Cause game.
Just Cause maker Avalanche Studios has set its sights on becoming the best open world developer.
Sony has announced that both Just Cause 2 and Borderlands are free for PlayStation Plus subscribers until 7th November, while all DLC for both titles is half off for the remainder of the month.
Last week we wrote about a ridonkulous 600-plus player multiplayer mod for Avalanche's sandbox playground Just Cause 2 and this weekend it's going into open beta.
Starting at 8 a.m. GMT Saturday, the test period will last 48 hours, according to the mod's official forums. It will run on the new 0.0.4 version of the JC2-MP beta client, which includes the following features:
Added weapon sync
A new fan-made mod has been released for Just Cause 2 allowing an astounding 600 players to occupy the game at once.
The developer of superb open world blow 'em up Just Cause 2 has questioned "crap" downloadable content and forced multiplayer as a way to keep people playing games.
Have you kept your Just Cause 2 save file? If so, and you buy Sleeping Dogs, you're in for a neat treat.
Just Cause developer Avalanche is working with Square Enix on an open world game, it's revealed.
Amid claims the traditional console business is on its last legs and reports about the power of the next Xbox and PlayStation 4, the boss of Avalanche Studios, the developer of the Just Cause series, has warned better looking games on next generation consoles "won't save the game industry".
Swedish developer Avalanche Studios has told Eurogamer Just Cause is "perfect" for the next Xbox and PlayStation 4.
The Just Cause movie is called Just Cause: Scorpion Rising.
Not Just Cause 3 nor any Avalanche Studios game will be released next year, the developer has told Eurogamer.
Work on a third installment in Avalanche Studios' Just Cause series is underway, with the finished game due out some time next year, so says Xbox World magazine sources.
Stockholm-based Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has just set up an outpost in New York to create a new IP for next-gen systems.
Swedish developer Avalanche Studios has just announced a downloadable PC, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network game called Renegade Ops – its first foray into the digital download space. But does this mean the company has turned its back on big budget games?
Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios will announce its closely guarded PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade project in a month, Eurogamer can reveal.
The Just Cause movie is the origin story of game protagonist Rico Rodriguez, and hopes to emulate Bond flick Casino Royal.
Hamlet 2 producer L+E Pictures has optioned the film rights to Just Cause, according to film trade mag Variety.
Just Cause 2 owners can download a free vehicle today or spend money to access a few goodies that used to be pre-order incentives.
Just Cause 2 add-on Black Market Boom has been released on PC, PSN and Xbox 360.
Square Enix has announced plans to release a pair of downloadable add-ons for Just Cause 2 - one at the end of April and another at the end of May.
Microsoft's Major Nelson has revealed some of the treats coming to Xbox Live in the next few weeks.
Square Enix's openworld action game Just Cause 2 has topped the UK all-formats chart.
Avalanche Studios has told Eurogamer that although "a lot" of Just Cause 2 DLC is planned, you will have enough on your plate wading through the extra content after the 15 to 20 hour main campaign has finished.
Just Cause 2 awaits a late March release but already Swedish developer Avalanche is onto its next, unannounced project.
Update: Panau Island now reports that the demo will be released for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 next Thursday, 4th March.
Update: Square Enix has told us this was actually confirmed last year (whoops), and here's a copy of the relevant statement on the issue:
The Eidos bit of Square Enix has announced on Twitter that there is a "Just Cause 2 demo on its way".
Square Enix Eidos Taito And Friends has announced that people who pre-order Just Cause 2 will be rewarded with various bonus treats, including a foldout map of the island of Panau where the game is set.
Square Enix has announced that Just Cause 2 will be released for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on 23rd March in the US and on 26th March in Europe.
Eidos has confirmed to Eurogamer that the PS3 version of Just Cause 2 will have extra video recording features.
The producer of the Kane & Lynch movie has confirmed Bruce Willis will take a starring role.
Eidos life president Ian Livingstone reckons publishers will need to go big this year or be forced to go home, as there is "no room for mediocrity" at the table.
Lead designer Peter Johansson has told Eurogamer Germany that Just Cause 2 will be out during the third quarter of 2009.
Avalanche Studios is preparing to lay off 77 of its 160 staff due to losing two publishing contracts this year, worth around USD 34 million (EUR 27.2 million), GamesIndustry.biz reports.
Eidos has told Eurogamer that tropical action game Just Cause 2 has slipped to 2009.
Eidos has confirmed four titles it plans to show off at E3 next month.
Topping the bill is Tomb Raider: Underworld, in which Lara gets some fancy new moves and an army of new enemies to battle.
Then there's Just Cause 2, the sequel to the 2006 action game. Hopefully it'll improve over Just Cause 1, or as it's otherwise known Just Cause 6/10. Like Underworld, it's on the way for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Just Cause 2 lead designer Peter Johansson has revealed that the game will launch without multiplayer.
Avalanche Studios has revealed lots of fresh details about forthcoming PS3 and Xbox 360 title Just Cause 2.
As reported by IGN, the bulk of the changes are the result of feedback from gamers. Gone are the bloated side-missions and sterile areas; instead there's an inventive chaos system that helps numerous factions across the island to grow.
Simply pinch some military vehicles or shoot a noted soldier and let the carnage begin. Improve your standing with a powerful faction enough and you could even wield enough fire power to attack a government stronghold.
Eidos' parent company SCi has revealed that work on a new Battlestations: Midway game is underway.
"After the period end, in February 2007, we released Battlestations Midway on PC and Xbox 360. This product immediately entered the UK charts at No1 in both the Xbox 360 and All Formats charts," a bit of their latest statement reads. "We are continuing to build this franchise and have a sequel in development."
Unfortunately Eidos was unable to clarify any further details to Eurogamer this morning, but we expect it will be available on PC, Xbox 360 and possibly PS3 and maybe even Gizmondo sometime in 2008. Or 2009, 2010 or 2011.
A second Just Cause game is in development, Eidos has confirmed in a financial statement today.
"We now expect Just Cause to sell over one million units in the current financial year. The sequel to Just Cause is in development."
The action sequel will be joined by new games in the long-running Tomb Raider, Hitman, and Championship Manager franchises, "plus new IPs including Kane & Lynch and Crossfire," said the company.