More than a year a half after its release, a fan-made multiplayer mod has been released for Just Cause 3, which shipped as a single-player only game.
The mod is available now on Steam and allows players to compete in Deathmatches, Races, or simply just roam around the game's immense map on servers supporting "hundreds."
Created by a group called Nanos, which is comprised of coders from all around the world, the mod is the product of over a year's worth of work, according to the Steam page. The group began publishing weekly development updates back in December of 2015, the month of the game's retail launch, then launching a beta the following December. While it was developed independently of publisher Square Enix and developer Avalanche Studios, Square Enix is listed as the mod's publisher.
The mod is so sanctioned that game publisher Square-Enix even sent out a press release about today's launch.
One of the more interesting features of the mod is the autonomy it places in its players' hands. Nanos allows players to make changes to the mod's code, altering the world, vehicle and other facets of the game. Players can also create their own game modes if they think of something the mod doesn't already support.
This isn't the first time multiplayer has come to a Just Cause game by way of a fan-created mod. In 2012 a group of modders released multiplayer for Just Cause 2, and even received the blessing and support of Avalanche. As of May 2017, the Just Cause 2 Multiplayer is still being supported with updates.
The Just Cause series - Just Cause 3, especially - is known for allowing its players to get up to insane hijinks, often times resulting in large explosions, gratuitous gunfights and land, air and sea mayhem. Just Cause 3 was lauded for its use of physics, mainly a grappling hook that could launch players in all directions - or tie objects together - and directional bombs that, when placed correctly, could send enemies, objects and even animals sky high. It's likely that adding hundreds of players to the game's map with these capabilities will result in utter madness.
The Just Cause 3 Multiplayer is free to anyone with a Steam copy of the game. It's available now.