Avalanche Studios, the company behind the Just Cause franchise, has announced its next upcoming project just a few days before E3. Generation Zero is currently in the works at Avalanche, and the developer has started to give players an idea of what to expect. The game will be an open-world co-op shooter, set in 1980s Sweden. Generation Zero‘s first trailer, which includes a number of player-controlled characters decked out in some serious ’80s nostalgia looks, features mechanized monsters and plenty of explosives.
Avalanche made the announcement on its Twitter page, and went further into detail on its website.
Announcing Generation Zero, our first self-published open-world action game, set in 1980’s Sweden. Reveal Trailer available NOW! https://t.co/vEeprvMOSY
— Avalanche Studios (@AvalancheSweden) June 7, 2018
According to the developer, which will also be self-publishing the game, features include “a full day/night cycle with unpredictable weather, complex AI behavior, simulated ballistics, highly realistic acoustics and a dynamic 1980’s soundtrack.”
Players will be able to take on the world solo or team up with three other friends in Generation Zero‘s multiplayer, and in-game enemies are “persistently simulated.” As they ream the game’s world, any damage you do is permanent; if you bang up a certain part of its armor or equipment in a scrap, that damage will still be present when you encounter the enemy later.
This will be the studio’s first action game released under its own publishing label. It was made by a small but experienced “triple indie” team at Avalanche as a fusion of their previously self-published stealth-oriented games and more explosive AAA backed by other publishers. The game’s announcement post calls it an “exciting new chapter” for the studio as a publisher. “Generation Zero is a true passion project,” said Emil Kraftling, Game Director at Avalanche Studios. “In a sense, it’s an ominous recreation of our childhood fantasies, playing war in the serene forests of 1980’s Sweden.”
Generation Zero will be releasing in 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. You can look into the game further on its website here.