This is it, folks, this is the big kahuna; the giant ding-dong; the final finale; the loogey at the end of the ledge. Just Cause 2's multiplayer mod will be released as a standalone companion app on Steam, and anyone who owns Just Cause 2 need only download the app to enjoy the massive multiplayer mayhem of Panau.
The small team who has been cranking out updates and fixes for the Just Cause 2 multiplayer beta is taking their pastime to a whole new venue of competition, just like Danica Patrick dumping indies for the big leagues at NASCAR.
Rolling out more lines of code than Alexander Pope could dream to drop a rhyme combo every other line, the JC-2 multiplayer beta is now running clean and pristine and is just about finalized, saved for one final beta test.
As noted on the official forum, the lead developer of the multiplayer mod stated that...
“Welcome to the very last JC2-MP beta test. It's been a long run, but we're finally ready to release JC2-MP to everyone.”
The mod is a marvelous breakthrough in video game development ingenuity. Now why would say something like that? Because Avalanche Studios, the original developers, never intended for Just Cause 2 to be played as a multiplayer title. They released the game purely as a single-player experience.
What the team at JC-MP have done is not only enable for thousands of players to congregate in the church of chaos and practice the art of open-world destruction, but it also affords for additional game modes, team deathmatch, race modes, and even the ability to change your player model so you'll have a bit of identity to stand out from all the 3D Antonio Banderas lookalikes.
If the idea of a multiplayer mode in Just Cause 2 seems to escape your grasp of mental visualization, you need not worry because there are videos available for you to see. Check it out below.
For those of you worried about whether or not there will even be people logged in and playing the mutliplayer, don't sweat it. Just Cause 2 is one of Square Enix's top played games, with nearly 500,000 active players a month. It's likely that the JC2 multiplayer mod release will boost that number up by a significant amount. Also, for a title released in 2010 it's still visually revelant and I can't wait to see what comes out of the official release of the mod.
By the way, the JC2-MP mod will officially drop before 2013 is out, so hopefully it'll hold gamers over until the public release of the “Daisy Alpher” is released on Steam.