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Just Cause Developer Avalanche Working On The Mad Max Game?

Mad Max 4's licensed game just got a little more interesting, didn't it?

Hey, have you forgotten that there's a new Mad Max game on the way? Cory Barlog hasn't. He's still hard at work on a secretive action game based on the upcoming flick Mad Max 4: Fury Road. If you're keeping score, this is one of Barlog's first projects after having served as a director and writer for another slightly popular game, God of War II.

But while Barlog hasn't been shy about saying he's got a lot to do with the ongoing creation of this Max Max game alongside film series' writer and director George Miller, he hasn't said what studio will be spearheading its development. New Twitter evidence, though, points to Avalanche Studios, the Swedish development house that built the Just Cause franchise, as that studio.

Follow me. Back in July, Avalanche founder Christofer Sundberg suspiciously re-tweeted a message from Barlog lamenting the fact that even though Mad Max 4 was delayed, he won't get more time on the project. "The delay of the film (Mad Max) was 'announced' yesterday," Barlog wrote on his Twitter account. "I wish that meant I got more time [on the project], but, alas… no."
 

 
== TEASER ==It's an odd re-tweet that, to be fair, could just be Sundberg's digital nod to an industry friend showing that he can commiserate with woes about time constraints. In general, time often becomes one of a developer's nastiest hurdles as publisher requirements need to be met and games ultimately need to be shipped.  
 
But this pairing makes sense on a much deeper level. Mad Max as a film series, first of all, isn't romantic comedy. It's a franchise packed with bullets, dirt, broken-ankle-dragging, crazy action, and explosions. The latter two bits just happen to be Avalanche's forte. Just Cause 2 in particular is notorious for its over-the-top, high-octane ridiculousness. Hijacking a jet plane, taking it above the highest mountains, and then bailing from it just to get into a vicious freefall is relatively tame in comparison to the rest of the ludicrous hijinks you can pull off.
 

 
However, the best reason as to why Sundberg's re-tweet sounds like a hint lies in what we know about Avalanche's next project. The developer will release a game based on a "major Hollywood license" in 2012. 

“We have also secured a major Hollywood license which we develop in co-operation with a major media group,” says an overview written for Sweden's Invest ICT conference revealed earlier in May, via Connected Consoles. “This project is co-funded by our licensing partner and we are currently evaluating different options for this project. The project will be developed alongside an upcoming 2012 movie.”

A release for Mad Max 4 hasn't been pegged, though the movie has started filming, according to the Mad Max Wikipedia page. This fourth film in the series has been an on-and-off-again affair, mostly due to financial difficulties.

But what kind of title will this movie game, presumably based on Mad Max 4, be? Details are, of course, light--this is why we're speculating as to what the game could be in the first place--but it's definitely an action title. And the kicker is that Avalanche is damn excited about it.
 


"I can't talk much about our next project but it's definitively within the action genre," Sundberg tells CVG in a June interview. "But we have made a move towards the more controlled experience to better convey a strong storyline."

"We'll never leave our big game worlds and spectacular explosive action, though. After working on original IPs for seven years we wanted to try a license, but there's only been a few that we've felt was 100-percent right for the studio."

"This one is perfect," he added. 
 
We've contacted Barlog and Avalanche respectively for confirmation, but we don't expect a straight answer. If the game isn't slated to hit until 2012, there's a good chance we won't hear a word of this possible union between these two until later next year.  
 
It'd be good to note that Mad Max has been turned into a videogame before. Mindscape created a top-down driving game based on the first movie (pictured extensively in this article) called, simply, Mad Max. Its two modes of play, arena and Road War, encouraged the same thing: killing bandits. In that one regard, we don't expect this next-gen title to be any different. 
 
UPDATE: Barlog also handled the creative direction for God of War: Chains of Olympus and "God of War: Betrayal," according to his LinkedIn profile.   
 
UPDATE 2: When asked about any connection with Avalanche and his Mad Max game, Barlog playfully replied to me via Twitter: "Hmmm, not sure. Maaaaaaybe." An Avalanche rep, on the other hand, has told me "We cannot comment on any unannounced projects."
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Posted by BradNicholson

Hey, have you forgotten that there's a new Mad Max game on the way? Cory Barlog hasn't. He's still hard at work on a secretive action game based on the upcoming flick Mad Max 4: Fury Road. If you're keeping score, this is one of Barlog's first projects after having served as a director and writer for another slightly popular game, God of War II.

But while Barlog hasn't been shy about saying he's got a lot to do with the ongoing creation of this Max Max game alongside film series' writer and director George Miller, he hasn't said what studio will be spearheading its development. New Twitter evidence, though, points to Avalanche Studios, the Swedish development house that built the Just Cause franchise, as that studio.

Follow me. Back in July, Avalanche founder Christofer Sundberg suspiciously re-tweeted a message from Barlog lamenting the fact that even though Mad Max 4 was delayed, he won't get more time on the project. "The delay of the film (Mad Max) was 'announced' yesterday," Barlog wrote on his Twitter account. "I wish that meant I got more time [on the project], but, alas… no."
 

 
== TEASER ==It's an odd re-tweet that, to be fair, could just be Sundberg's digital nod to an industry friend showing that he can commiserate with woes about time constraints. In general, time often becomes one of a developer's nastiest hurdles as publisher requirements need to be met and games ultimately need to be shipped.  
 
But this pairing makes sense on a much deeper level. Mad Max as a film series, first of all, isn't romantic comedy. It's a franchise packed with bullets, dirt, broken-ankle-dragging, crazy action, and explosions. The latter two bits just happen to be Avalanche's forte. Just Cause 2 in particular is notorious for its over-the-top, high-octane ridiculousness. Hijacking a jet plane, taking it above the highest mountains, and then bailing from it just to get into a vicious freefall is relatively tame in comparison to the rest of the ludicrous hijinks you can pull off.
 

 
However, the best reason as to why Sundberg's re-tweet sounds like a hint lies in what we know about Avalanche's next project. The developer will release a game based on a "major Hollywood license" in 2012. 

“We have also secured a major Hollywood license which we develop in co-operation with a major media group,” says an overview written for Sweden's Invest ICT conference revealed earlier in May, via Connected Consoles. “This project is co-funded by our licensing partner and we are currently evaluating different options for this project. The project will be developed alongside an upcoming 2012 movie.”

A release for Mad Max 4 hasn't been pegged, though the movie has started filming, according to the Mad Max Wikipedia page. This fourth film in the series has been an on-and-off-again affair, mostly due to financial difficulties.

But what kind of title will this movie game, presumably based on Mad Max 4, be? Details are, of course, light--this is why we're speculating as to what the game could be in the first place--but it's definitely an action title. And the kicker is that Avalanche is damn excited about it.
 


"I can't talk much about our next project but it's definitively within the action genre," Sundberg tells CVG in a June interview. "But we have made a move towards the more controlled experience to better convey a strong storyline."

"We'll never leave our big game worlds and spectacular explosive action, though. After working on original IPs for seven years we wanted to try a license, but there's only been a few that we've felt was 100-percent right for the studio."

"This one is perfect," he added. 
 
We've contacted Barlog and Avalanche respectively for confirmation, but we don't expect a straight answer. If the game isn't slated to hit until 2012, there's a good chance we won't hear a word of this possible union between these two until later next year.  
 
It'd be good to note that Mad Max has been turned into a videogame before. Mindscape created a top-down driving game based on the first movie (pictured extensively in this article) called, simply, Mad Max. Its two modes of play, arena and Road War, encouraged the same thing: killing bandits. In that one regard, we don't expect this next-gen title to be any different. 
 
UPDATE: Barlog also handled the creative direction for God of War: Chains of Olympus and "God of War: Betrayal," according to his LinkedIn profile.   
 
UPDATE 2: When asked about any connection with Avalanche and his Mad Max game, Barlog playfully replied to me via Twitter: "Hmmm, not sure. Maaaaaaybe." An Avalanche rep, on the other hand, has told me "We cannot comment on any unannounced projects."
Posted by christ0phe

hmmm

Edited by Aegon
@christ0phe said:
" hmmm "

aaah
Posted by christ0phe

I got it!

Posted by Cincaid

I demand Just Cause 3!

Posted by Afroman269

A mad max game could be fun and after playing some Just Cause I can see potential. Also I fucking hate the blatant attempts at trying to get first comment. Shdjkskajd. DO I WIN!?!?!?!?!¿¿¡!

Posted by Khann

Nice article man.

Posted by Lukeweizer

I wish my name was "Balrog." That's bad ass.

Posted by Turbo_Toaster

Oh god the possibility of marrying Just Cause with Mad Max, sporting a huge nerd boner atm. Granted it might be garbo but I can fantasize. 

Posted by christ0phe
@Afroman269: Hataz gonna hate
Posted by KainCarver

sweet

Posted by damswedon
@Lukeweizer said:
" I wish my name was "Balrog." That's bad ass. "
Yeah
Online
Posted by XaiaX

I just went from 0 to boner. 
 
They need to tighten up the driving though, it's a bit too loose for a game that should focus so much on driving as a Mad Max game should. 

Posted by moves

i wonder if it'll have jeff bridges in it

Posted by CountDog

Sounds awesome

Posted by ZmillA
@damswedon said:
" @Lukeweizer said:
" I wish my name was "Balrog." That's bad ass. "
Yeah "
never thought about it like that, that name owns!
Posted by Cybexx

It is always nice to see a pulse on a project I have nearly forgotten about. GoWII was the best of the series with the only real flaw being the last boss fight and even that wasn't terrible so I look forward to what Corey Barlog has designed and hope for more documentaries that take place in his kitchen.  
 
I agree that Avalanche makes a lot of sense as the developer of a Mad Max game but I am now prepared to expect a lot of jank. Just Cause 2 overcame its jank for the most part with crazy fun mechanics so lets hope Mad Max does the same, or you know a lot less jank, either or would be good.

Posted by ZmillA

thats odd, AMC seems to be doing some sort of Mad Max marathon right now. Its on now and will be on again at 10pm eastern. AMC teams up with GiantBomb?

Posted by Belonpopo

Fuck fucking yea.

Posted by Jeust
@christ0phe said:
" hmmm "
hmmmmm
Posted by hi_im_rob

STUNT POSITION!

Posted by MisterMouse

IT will be interesting to see this one come out...

Posted by XaiaX
@ZmillA: his name is Barlog, though, not Balrog.
Posted by Googly

Smells like...stunt position?

Posted by Afroman269
@christ0phe: Spammaz gonna spam.
Posted by sopachuco13

Like Starcraft Ghost or Duke Nukem Forever, Mad Max has been rumored or started a half a dozen times.  This game has been announced so many times that we are going to have to start giving games like this a new moniker.  
 
In situations like these, we might start saying: 
 "That game is just a Ghost." Or, "They are Nukeming that game again." 

Posted by christ0phe
@Afroman269: fo sho, you know it
Posted by weegieanawrench
@ZmillA:  Thanks man, I haven't seen these movies in a while.
Posted by StillVictor

Hey Brad, there's typo in the article. Max Max...

Posted by TheHT

Just in time for the Mad Max run on AMC. Interest in the game having enjoyed both Just Cause games went from nadda to lots.

Posted by defaulttag

this may actually turn out good.

Posted by PhatSeeJay

Got a sudden urge to watch the movies.. hmmmm... or any Gibson movie really.. Gimme back my son!

Posted by MisterChief

A Mad Max game should be more Fallout than Just Cause.

Posted by Davvyk

im not sure they can pull off the tone of mad max but hell itl be fun watching them give it a shot!

Posted by Napalm
@PhatSeeJay said:
" Got a sudden urge to watch the movies.. hmmmm... or any Gibson movie really.. Gimme back my son! "
GIMMIE BACK MY SON SON SON GIMMIE BACK BACK BACK SON GIMMIE BACK SON SON MY SON BACK GIMMIE BACK MY SON YOU MOTHERFUCKER GIMMIE THE MONEY. OMFG that's the greatest YouTube song ever!
Posted by TwoLines
@XaiaX said:
" @ZmillA: his name is Barlog, though, not Balrog. "
So it's like a log in a bar rather than an ancient demonic creature of power?
Great.
Posted by Slab64

This is pretty much pure speculation on Nicholsons part, but it will be quite a feather in his cap if it pans out. I think they could do a good job with it, but yeah...they do need to work on their vehicle physics if they're gonna pull it off.

Posted by MasterTom
@CrazyChris said:
" I demand Just Cause 3! "
with coop
Posted by CouncilSpectre

HELL YESSSSSSSSSSS,  EM EFFERS!  This has to happen!

Posted by TheGreatGuero

No Mel Gibson means I don't care. Well, I do care, but I'm not happy about it, so I'm going to pretend none of this is true.

Posted by Vodun

As long as Max gets a grappling hook it's all good.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Normally this would be great news, but from what I've read about the new Mad Max it doesn't sound like it'll be that good, and I'd rather see a game based on one of the earlier movies (specifically The Road Warrior), or not base it on one specific movie.  
 
@sopachuco13 said:

" Like Starcraft Ghost or Duke Nukem Forever, Mad Max has been rumored or started a half a dozen times.  This game has been announced so many times that we are going to have to start giving games like this a new moniker.  
 
In situations like these, we might start saying: 
 "That game is just a Ghost." Or, "They are Nukeming that game again."  "
You do realize that Duke Nukem Forever is actually going to be released, right? So I say that instead of "Nukeming", the word "Shenmue-ing" should be used. 
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Posted by Ramone

I recently watched Mad Max 1 again and that movie is raw as hell. It's weird but I love it however I don't think it would translate that well into game. They should probably just make a general Mad Max game instead of basing it one movie but hey what do I know

Posted by sickVisionz

I'll just play the demo for this one.  I purchased JC2 but after about a week I felt like I would have had just as much fun if I only had the demo to play.

Posted by killer_meatballs

"Two men enter, one man leaves."

Posted by BraveToaster

cool

Posted by Jayzilla

no mel gibson=lame. mel gibson IS mad max. just like terminators that arent arnie arent as cool.

Posted by fedorajay

Loved the Mad Max trilogy. 
Loved Outlander for SNES. 
Loved the Mad Max jokes and finding him in that secret location in Fallout 2. 
 
Loved everything that is Mad Max. But...if the forth movie follows the curse of other forth movies *cough* Indiana Jones *cough* I will not be very happy. :(

Posted by Th3dz

Sweden, yay!

Posted by Lind_L_Taylor

We already have Fallout.
 
If they made the Mad Max game like Steve Jackson's Car Wars,
that might be something I could sink my teeth into.  Better yet
they should just make a Car Wars RPG, dammit.

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