Square Enix and Avalanche Studios have revealed the full map of Just Cause 4, confirming that, though it has more landmass, its total area is slightly smaller than that found in Just Cause 3.
The key for the interactive map on Just Cause 4‘s website pegs the landmass at being a little under 1,024km2 (approximately 395mi2). Meanwhile, Medici, the feature island of the previous game was said to have a total area larger than 400mi2 by the development team. However, a straight comparison between the two is inaccurate, as a considerable portion of Medici comprised open water whereas Solís—the island of Just Cause 4—is a solid mass of land.
Not yet clear is the distance to which the ocean will extend around the island, as both Mad Max and Just Cause 2 featured infinite space beyond the core play area, while Just Cause 3‘s was more limited.
The map features four separate biomes, according to the developers, and those appear to jungles in the south, swampland in the east, and desert in the west, all of which are kept apart by the snow-peaked mountain range and river system at the centre of the island.
At least three major cities are also present at the northern, eastern, and southern extremes, though smaller pockets of civilisation are dotted about.
Just Cause 4 sees the return of Rico Rodriguez, this time on a mission to rid the island of a paramilitary organisation called The Black Hand, while simultaneously uncovering new details about his own past. The key new feature of the game is the weather system, which introduces lightning storms and tornadoes that promise to shake up the gameplay experience.
Just Cause 4 will launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One December 4, 2018.