[SAD NEWS] Just Cause developer Avalanche is closing

Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios Group has closed its studios in New York (Just Cause 3 and 4) and Montreal, as well as laying off 50 other employees.

https://www.gamedeveloper.com/business/just-cause-developer-avalanche-closing-two-studios-and-laying-off-50-workers

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just Cause 3 was so nauseating to play compared to 2. Awful controls and camera. Sucks to see this but the series was going down the shitter. Never played Mad Max or Rage 2

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      JC3 was fun, but very buggy especially later on in the game where it can just crash. JC4 was a travesty and didn't even have controller support on release. Usually that's not a problem but the game was bugged and required a controller to play. Long story short, it was self-inflicted and this doesn't surprise me at all.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      There were aspects of Mad Max that were a lot of fun, they just went way overboard with the Ubishit map busywork, which is a nightmare for autists like me who can't leave anything on the map.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        And Rage 2 was fun gunplay with literally nothing else and was open world for literally no reason

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I thought 3 was fine, but it wasn't 2. It didn't have the... Je ne sais quoi that 2 had with its gameplay loop.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Gameplay "loop"
        Does it have a loop? Few games do (Doom Eternal)

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Je ne sais quoi
        You know that just translates to "I don't know what", right?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Mad max is a legit good game with a little too much busy work if you want to be a completionist
      Never bothered with rage 2

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Rage 2 annoyed the shit out of me because as another Anon already pointed out the combat is solid but that's literally it, there's little enemy variety and most of their AI is completely braindead topped off on it being a giant open world for no reason with nothing said open world

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      lmao, you clearly haven't played both games.
      Just cause 2 was a fricking repetitive slog, I played it for 130+ hours and only just about finished the main story and a few dozen side objectives.
      Also the economy in that game was ass, Just cause 3 did it way better. In comparison I beat JC3 in 50 hours.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Anon talking about controls idiot. You can have as much content as you want but if it feels like ehit to play then who cares? There's a reason people still play Mario 64 a quarter of a century after release

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          The hell was wrong with JC3 controls?

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    oh no, anyway

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Holy based. More self hating western mayo homosexuals losing jobs its amazing,simply splendid! My wiener is ultra very hard now. MORE gimme MORE layoffs and lets hope they wont find new jobs too lets go.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      kys tyrone

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Im a slav tho. Go back to kneeling to nigs and trooncels you western golem lol

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >I'm a slave.
          That's what he said dumb Black person.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >My wiener is ultra very hard now
      How can you tell? Do you carry a magnifying glass around?

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Didn’t they just make a shit ton of money with Hogwarts?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      wrong avalanche

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      that is a different avalanche

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    generation zero was extremely shit. what went so wrong?

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Surprised they lasted this long after the shitheap that was rage 2

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Sounds like something got canceled. Just Cause 4 and Rage 2 were terrible games.

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    feels like they haven't done anything in the past 4 years, a pointless studio

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      they were working on contraband, a xbox exclusive

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        They still are as its in development by the swedish team, who made Mad Max and RAGE 2. Only the Just Cause studio got canned.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          oooops nevermind

          looks like the Xbox game is cancelled
          >The New York team had a fundamental role in the production of two massive AAA games (Just Cause 3 and 4) and now is hard at work on our biggest project yet: Contraband, the upcoming co-op smuggler's paradise developed in partnership with Xbox Game Studios. We can't wait to show you all the incredible things we have brewing in this awesome, brand new environment!"

          OH NO NO NO NO ANOTHER PHIL SPENCER L

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            its so over for xbros

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            go back to sucking dicks on reddit

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              xcuck seethe

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Sweet Baby game, their negative reputation and the fact people are gonna go out of their way to avoid gamers their involved with didn't help. Oh well, Haters gonna hate!

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Western devs are so worthless. Years of development to show nothing.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            its so over for xbros

            MS is content to just have people rent COD.

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There was a 4?
    I think I understand why they're shutting down. Did anyone play those games past 2?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      JC3 was a retread of JC2 that was ok but worse. JC4 is an abomination.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        whats the difference between JC3 and 4? they both look like the same game

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          JC3 is like JC2+.
          JC4 changes whole outpost/chaos loop. Instead you have to do shitty liberation missions. Outposts respawn otherwise.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I played JC1, 2 and 3. JC2 was the best but honestly I thought JC3 was OK, the visual upgrades were genuinely impressive at the time and they gave you more flexibility with the grappling hook. Otherwise was more of the same. I tried JC4 briefly but it kind of sucked, a downgrade compared to JC3 that failed to land an audience. Then they stopped making JC games (I guess they wanted to let the series rest for a bit). Shame that Rage 2 was so boring.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      4 was a Square cash grab, rushed out the door and forgotten once sales disappointed the executives again.
      3 was the best in the series.

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    rip bozo

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Don't these devs also maintain The Hunter? I was under the impression that game was an earner.

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I liked Avalanche. JC 2/3 were good. Mad Max was underrated. Marvel Avengers was trash but could have been something had execs not forced it into a live service game.

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They never reached the same heights as just cause 2

    What went wrong?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      They did everything they wanted in Just Cause 3 and tried to make JC4 a serious game, but with zero new ideas for destruction other than the weather system. Also 4 being really shitty compared to 2 and 3.

  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    AAA Game industry is crashing
    Only the behemoths will remain
    Indie Era is upon us

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm hoping we'll see a renaissance of Japanese AA horror games.

  15. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    only liked JC2 and Mad Max. That Rage 2 game was so shit

  16. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Tbh these guys didn't make a single good game since mad max which was also mid

  17. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yea i never played them. It looked like there was alot of people talking and attempt at a story so i just skipped.

  18. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Damn. Mad Max kicked ass.

  19. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    good. all we wanted was just cause 2 with multiplayer and instead they shat out JC3 and JC4

  20. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >that's terrible! why are they closing the studio down?
    >Just cause

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Frick you, Carlos.

  21. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It honestly feels like they hadn't done anything since Just Cause 4 and Rage 2, and I wouldn't be surprised if they were seeing diminishing returns from Just Cause. Fun enough, but felt like they never really did anything to really justify the existence of sequels.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      they were working on this

      oooops nevermind

      looks like the Xbox game is cancelled
      >The New York team had a fundamental role in the production of two massive AAA games (Just Cause 3 and 4) and now is hard at work on our biggest project yet: Contraband, the upcoming co-op smuggler's paradise developed in partnership with Xbox Game Studios. We can't wait to show you all the incredible things we have brewing in this awesome, brand new environment!"

      OH NO NO NO NO ANOTHER PHIL SPENCER L

  22. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I loved RAGE 1 back in the day, it's what I wanted in a wasteland game. Linear story that progressed from start to finish. A nice looking desert to explore. Cars to own, play with and use. Lot of weird hodgepodge weaponry to find and use. Back then, I was eager to play RAGE 2 since I enjoyed the first one so much. I took ONE LOOK at the blue haired woman, then immediately did a 360 and walked away.

    Now the RAGE franchise is dead in the water and all I can say for it is; Good Fricking Riddance you liberal wiener sucking homosexuals.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      RAGE 1 was made by ID (Doom devs) wasn't it?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        yes

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I loved RAGE 1 back in the day
      Said no one ever.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      my exact reaction back then, I saw that shit and I knew I was not the target audience for that, it's sad because I also enjoyed the first game

  23. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Just cause 2 is good
    Im old but damn you lot have a shit memory. Then again you dipshits celebrated witcher, dragon age, and darksouls so im not surprised

  24. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Sweden here

    Avalanche is fine here. They're just chopping the money burner studios with the moronic burgers (imagine having an office in NY lol)

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Where is Just Cause 2: 2?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        true if big
        tell them to hurry up and make another renegade ops

        No idea, everyone were busy drinking beer and eating pizza during the event.

        >arrowhead lost the first game and and fled park right after

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >They're just chopping the money burner studios with the moronic burgers (imagine having an office in NY lol)
      Yeah, that's what happens when you listen to the vocal minority and not the silent majority. End up paying millions a year just to house a studio in a place where you're raped with taxes, fees and regulations to subsidize the poor that can't afford to live there in the first place.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Hi Ross.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      true if big
      tell them to hurry up and make another renegade ops

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Avalanche is fine here. They're just chopping the money burner studios with the moronic burgers (imagine having an office in NY lol)
      Whats the best state to start a game studio/company in the USA? Florida? Texas? Florida sounds cool because of the weather and no taxes. I'm a euro tho so idk

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >and no taxes.
        I'm pretty sure the expectation is you're supposed to claim the taxes of your spending yourself.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >I'm pretty sure the expectation is you're supposed to claim the taxes of your spending yourself.
          I mean the rent there should be cheaper for the company and qol in those 2 states are a lot better and cheaper for prospective employees right?

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            The cost of living is higher there in Florida. The tax scheme is a meme.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          They don't make tax exemptions for religious organizations anymore? I figured if you set up in Utah under the blessing of the Mormons they wouldn't touch you.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Texas probably. I used to work at Papa Johns, and I used to deliver to one of the Id offices around the time when they would have been working on Doom Eternal. I also worked right next to the voice over recording studio that Chris Sabat (the guy who voices Vegeta, Piccolo, and Yamcha in all the Dragon Ball stuff) owns.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >They're just chopping the money burner studios with the moronic burgers (imagine having an office in NY lol)
      Yeah, that's what happens when you listen to the vocal minority and not the silent majority. End up paying millions a year just to house a studio in a place where you're raped with taxes, fees and regulations to subsidize the poor that can't afford to live there in the first place.

      Why do these homosexuals open offices in places like new York and Montreal?
      Just renting those office spaces will cost a shit ton.
      And obviously all the people that live there are lefty homosexuals

      Nobody wants to live in Oklahoma City, chud

      Wouldn’t it make more sense to have one in Redmond since all the other big tech companies are there? Or Texas? Maybe Florida?

  25. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >the hunter
    >mad max
    litterally the only 2 titles worth a shit, maybe generation zero too but i didn't played this one so i don't know, JC3/4 and rage 2 are trash

  26. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They only made one good game and that was Just cause 2

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I didn't think that game was even that good. I never beat it. It was a fun sandbox to frick with for a few hours, and then I was done with it.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        JC2 was a great game for zoning out and just blowing stuff up and clearing out outposts.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          They all were, even 4. 4 had some cool shit like balloon hooks and rocket hooks, you could really go wild with the physics.

  27. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >[GOOD NEWS] Just Cause developer Avalanche is closing

  28. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ah good, they trimmed the fat that was releasing the shit games under their banner.

  29. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I actually liked JC2/3. Never tried 4 because it looked like they wanted to reinvent themselves but failed. I was hoping for a JC5 redemption, but oh well.

  30. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why do these homosexuals open offices in places like new York and Montreal?
    Just renting those office spaces will cost a shit ton.
    And obviously all the people that live there are lefty homosexuals

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Nobody wants to live in Oklahoma City, chud

  31. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Rage 2 was so abysmal i think id software saved them from delivering a legit 2/10 game

  32. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    theHunter Call of The Wild devs lurked this board a lot

  33. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    just cause was only woke crap after 3

  34. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's time to admit Just Cause was never good. Even the supposed crown of the franchise, 2, was a barebones and dull mess with floaty guns and an insipid world whose idea of content was spreading useless little power-ups around. You could literally drive on the game's main highway and stop every 30 seconds or so to collect another armor power-up placed there without any thought or game design beyond "fill the open world with crap".

  35. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why are there so much secondary studios in Montreal?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Thats why.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        So that is why despite everything going in the industry and Ubisoft being a company that seemingly should have been first on the chopping block that nothing has happened to them.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          This is just a deal with Canadian gov. Ubi also takes money from French gov. Ubisoft loves doing that shit Im pretty sure you heard how they also took money from Singapore to develop a game so they had to shit out Skulls and Bones because of that deal lol.

          Canada is trying hard to frick over Quebec because >frenchies

          WB Montreal got over 30 million just during development of Gotham Knights btw.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          The Ubisoft strategy is to abuse as many government handouts as possible in as many countries as possible

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          ubisoft is fricking scummy dude, just as much as EA. however I do believe that in the near future they will fricking die because nothing they do will ever reach the profits they expect or need.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Canada is trying hard to frick over Quebec because >frenchies

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          We gotta make room for all of the poos after all.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          A noble endeavor. Frick ubisoft, though.

  36. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Mad Max was good for a while but it can get repetitive very fast
    I still prefered it over Just Cause games, I usually drop those after one or two hours

  37. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >get hired to make a Xbox exclusive
    >game gets canned, studio closes
    Microsoft working its magic

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Microsoft working its magic
      Just like EA

  38. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >They killed the JC3-4 studio
    >but not the Generation Zero one
    I'm still mad that GZ was advertised a "1980 survival horror against Robots" and instead it's "crafting game with robots."

  39. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They suck anyways. Don't care.

  40. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i loved jc2.. i liked jc3 and jc4 (although jc4 needed some more time in the oven) the tornado stuff was cool too bad it was a teeny tiny part of the game

  41. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    JC3 was high trash. I swear those buttholes never play tested all those stupid challenges bc the top ranks in them were very unforgiving to achieve. It was infuriating having to restart challenges over and over hoping for better rng bc there was barely any wiggle room. Ffs, for sometimes you even spend more time loading after restarting a challenge rather than actually playing the it!
    So yeah, a wingsuit challenge finally pissed me off over the edge, and so I dropped the game and uninstalled forever. And people just dont do challenges, but thats moronic bc otherwise I dont get upgrades. Shame bc JC2 was amazing and I spent hundreds of hours in it, and I hoped JC3 would be more of that but nope.

  42. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What's the game being deliberately hidden by a plant?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Another theHunter game

  43. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Are the Just Cause 2 Multiplayer Mod servers still up? That's the only fun thing to come out of that series.

  44. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Good ridance...
    No more slop at least from that front

  45. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Just Shit developer is closing
    Gaming is healing

  46. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    God damnit, I loved those Just Cause games. Yes, even 4.

  47. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Only now?
    When was the last profitable game they made?
    Rage 2 sucked

  48. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Get woke, go broke.

  49. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Good. Total sweet baby death

  50. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    propagandists go out, developers go in, it's an easy formula to save gaming

  51. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Lol I thought the article was gonna reveal something like "Just cause the developer avalanche group has closed its studios doesn't mean their game series will die, [studio] has boughr the rights to.."
    But no it was just the dumb confusing name of just cause the game

  52. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I only ever known them for the Mad Max game. Gameplay was good shit, but the checklist ubislop-tier open world missions were a chore.

  53. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Xbox xisters? This can't be...they're making Game Pass banger Contraband...

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