Just Cause developers announce new Microsoft co-op game “Contraband”

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Xbox unveiled a brand new game and IP during the early stages of its E3 2021 conference. Avalanche Studios has finally told us what’s cooking since Just Cause 4 and Rage 2.

Contraband only had a mild teaser trailer but we already know what kind of game to expect when it releases. It’s a co-op open-world game and has a distinct 1970’s feel. The trailer gave us a small glimpse of a master plan to steal from a fireproof safe, which gives a few possibilities for the setting. Are we also to expect a “Payday” style game?

According to Xbox Wire, here’s what Avalanche Studios have to say: 

Three years ago, we started talking with our partners at Xbox Game Studios about what a co-op smuggler’s paradise would look like and how we could bring it to life together. Today, at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, we finally announced what our team has been working on, Contraband.

Contraband is a co-op smuggler’s paradise set in the fictional world of 1970s Bayan, and our most ambitious and spectacular game to date. We’re taking everything that we’ve learned from 18 years of being at the forefront of creating beautiful, vast open game worlds filled with stunning vistas and incredible emergent gameplay moments.

To fully deliver on our vision for Contraband, we have an amazing team at Avalanche Studios that are pushing the boundaries with the next generation of our Apex Engine, the technology behind all our games, including the Just Cause series. We built the engine to unlock the creativity of our developers and we’re excited to take full advantage of the unique capabilities of Xbox Series X|S.

We can’t wait to share more about Contraband and the world of Bayan in the future.

– Omar Shakir, Game Director


Sadly, there was no release date for Contraband. Considering Avalanche Studios and Xbox are happy to announce the game now, we can expect to see more news over the coming months.