Though it doesn't seem to have set E3 on fire, the makers of Just Cause 2 revealed this week that they are working on a Mad Max-branded video game for next generation consoles. A teaser CG trailer for the game was shown during Sony's big E3 presentation.
It's easy to see why the game has been overlooked. The Mad Max property is aging, and it's hard to get excited about a game that doesn't have a release date when games such as Titanfall and Infamous: Second Son are just arount the corner. Even so, Just Cause 2 was one of the best-received games of 2010, and that game's crazy, violent, and fun gameplay, as well as its immense open world, would seem to fit perfectly with the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Mad Max.
What the Just Cause games were missing, however, were multiplayer modes. PC modders proved that last year when they modded multiplayer functionality into Just Cause 2. Chaos, Mayhem, and ridiculous fun resulted:
Unfortunately, Avalance studios has now confirmed that Mad Max will be missing a multiplayer mode as well. Warner Bros Games design director told GameSpot this week that Mad Max will feature a "very strong single-player experience" and that the game will focus on Max's loner persona.
Sure, the lonely Mad Max and the sprawling wasteland may make the game feel like The Road Warrior - and that's a good thing. But a huge opportunity has been missed to give gamers some over-the-top "Two men enter, one man leaves" Thunderdome action.