Never one for the conservative approach, Just Cause 3 [official site] is getting another batch of ostentatious DLC that’ll see protagonist Rico Rodriguez pilot powerful mechs and get to grips with an antigravity gun.
Mech Land Assault follows the Sky Fortress DLC expansion and marks the game’s second offering of additional content. Publisher Square Enix have now announced it’ll launch on June 3 (this Friday) for Season Pass holders, and June 10 for everyone else. Its big features include:
– Pilot two types of powerful Mech and drive them anywhere in Medici.
– Unleash the Mech’s Gravitational Remote Influence Projector or “GRIP” to attract and hurl objects at your enemies.
– Jump and smash helicopters from the sky or ground pound tanks with the GRIPS’s “Force Pulse” attack.
– Prove your skills and earn upgrades in Mech arena challenges.
– Call in a Rebel Mech buddy for extra firepower when the going gets tough.
– Includes a powerful new energy weapon, the Bavarium Power Core rifle.
Storywise, Rico’s off to new location Lacrima Island this time round, where he’s tasked with infiltrating a Black Hand-run abandoned research facility-turned-detention centre. Piece of cake, right? Well, yes and no. Our Rico’s up to the task, of course, but the prison is defended by huge roaming Mechs thus disabling and hijacking these deadly automatons by virtue of the aforementioned Bavarium Power Core is the only thing for it. Obviously.
“The new Mechs allow Rico to throw enemies, vehicles and chaos objects around like tennis balls – increasing the scope for physics-based fun,” says senior producer Tobias Andersson on what to expect. “Whether you’re juggling a small car or punching helicopters out of the sky, the Mechs give you the opportunity to mess with your surroundings in creative, explosive ways.”
With its Iron Man-esque Bavarium Wingsuit, Sky Fortress really mixed up regular play in Just Cause 3, as it offered players the chance to tackle their environments from a different perspective – both figuratively and literally. The introduction of pilotable Mechs and the antigravity gun looks to add another layer of depth and off-the-wall mechanics to the game’s sprawling sandbox. I’m excited.
When it arrives, Mech Land Assault will cost £9.49/$11.99/€11.99. If you’re interested in the Air, Land & Sea Season Pass, it’ll net you this, the Sky Fortress DLC, and an upcoming third expansion, for £19.99/$24.99/€24.99.