It looks like Avalanche Studios are starting to gear up their promo machine again as the studio’s founder, Christofer Sundberg, today tweeted an image of a project currently in development at one of the company’s two studios in Sweden or New York.
The most recent industry rumblings were that Avalanche was working on three projects, one large-scale open world game with Square Enix codenamed ‘Project Mamba’ and another two based on movie and comic book licences.
— Christofer Sundberg 🧨 Game dev on a battle-break (@CHSundberg) February 13, 2013
There are a few clues of what the game could be. The image seems to be showing one character throwing another character away from a vehicle, which looks similar to the Stunt Position animations from Just Cause 2. The location appears to be a desert, or at least a sandy area with a blue sky.[drop] The biggest clue might be the on-vehicle assault and that hooked implement in the rider’s left hand. Surely that’s the grappling hook from Just Cause, isn’t it?
There have been rumours about that Avalanche are working on Just Cause 3 for the next gen, so this could be what the company is teasing.
After all the image does bear some resemblance to the other entries in the series, with that hook, helicopter and general sense of lunacy.
Other bare-faced speculation has stumbled upon a rather hopeful suggestion that it might be a remake of Road Rash. That’s too much to dream for though, isn’t it?