Contraband, Open World Co-op Game From Just Cause Developer Avalanche Studios Will Be Exclusive To Xbox Series X | S and PC.
The contraband was briefly revealed during today’s Xbox and Bethesda game showcase. It’s important to note that the game is apparently being co-developed by Xbox Game Studios “in partnership with” Avalanche. A recent rumor suggested that Microsoft would officially buy Avalanche as the owner-developer, but while Contraband will be an Xbox console exclusive coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one, it doesn’t look like the relationship between the two studios is clearly defined – it’s more like the situation with Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive if anything.
We know Contraband will be an open-world co-op game with a swampy New Orleans backcountry aesthetic, but details are thin on the pitch. The official trailer description describes it as “a cooperative smuggler’s paradise set in the fictional world of Bayan from the 1970s,” so that at least gives us a timeline and setting.
The diagram shown during today’s reveal implies that there is a twist in the gameplay, which fits with the smuggler theme. The main objectives and targets, including escape routes, escape vehicles, distractions and the “fireproof safe” target stand out, as does the title “Sun River Job”. Looks like we’re going to be stealing and smuggling in whatever the Avalanche is up to.
In a blog post on the Xbox wire, Game Director Omar Shakir shared a bit more of what we can expect from Contraband. Shakir confirmed that he will use “the next generation of the Apex engine, the technology behind the Just Cause series”, and described Contraband as “our most ambitious and spectacular game to date”. Sadly, Shakir didn’t delve into the Bayan’s vision for the game of the 1970s, so we’ll have to wait for more details.
You’d think contraband would be a relatively quiet affair, but since this is an Avalanche game built into the Just Cause engine, we can safely assume that Contraband will address the chaos of a heist that hurts. shot with the satisfaction of a clean getaway. It was one of the thinnest and most surprising revelations on today’s show, so we can’t wait to see more.
The Xbox and Bethesda game showcase also served as a Stalker 2 release date reveal, the leak still so light Starfield release date, and the first official Battlefield 2042 gameplay debuts.