Just Cause 3 is official—a third game in Avalanche's open-world action/adventure series will come to PS4, Xbox One, and PC next year, Square Enix announced today.
Game Informer has the official Just Cause 3 announcement as part of their December cover story, which will go live for digital subscribers later today.
This official announcement comes in the wake of some early leaked screenshots from Just Cause 3 that hinted at a game with at least some form of micro-transactions. Game Informer reports that this third Just Cause will be a full retail game (aka: $60, available at GameStop), though we don't yet know if it will also feature any sort of micropayment system.
UPDATE (3:27pm): In a blog post on the Avalanche Studios website this afternoon, boss Christofer Sundberg clarified that those leaked shots were from an early version of the game. Just Cause 3 will not have any microtransactions, he says:
To be perfectly clear: Just Cause 3 will be available in 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. It will be distributed as a retail box and digital download. It is not a Free To Play game. It does not feature in-game micro transactions.
Does that mean we'll release the game and call it quits? Nope. Beyond launch, we are likely to look into DLC packs and items as part of our ambition to support Just Cause 3 and its players for many years to come, but until that time we're completely focused on making the best Just Cause game we possibly can. Rest assured it will be a huge, fully packed and extremely rewarding experience right out of the gate.