Despite the impressive success of their original IP Just Cause 2 Avalanche Studios have revealed that they are currently working on their first licensed game.
In an interview with CVG, Avalanche head Christofer Sundberg said little about the studios next project, however he did say, “it’s definitely within the action genre,” and that, “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,” Sundberg continued. “After working on original IPs for seven years we wanted to try a licence, but there's only been a few that we've felt was 100 per cent right for the studio. This one is perfect!"
Given the success of the licensing deal between Just Cause 2 publisher Eidos, Square Enix and Warner Bros. that resulted in the creation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, I’m going to say Avalanche’s game will be based on a Warner Bros. property. My top guesses at this point (assuming Warner Bros. even has the rights to them) are Mad Max, because post-apocalyptic settings are still very much in style and it fits with Avalanche’s open-world style (not to mention that Mad Max 4 is said to currently be in production), and Logan’s Run because Avalanche loves them some futuristic tech and weaponry, and the premise of being on the run in a dystopian future is just inherently badass and would make for a hell of a fun game.
Obviously, these are the ramblings of a deeply disturbed mind, so don’t read too much into them. Still, I’ll be sure to hit up Warner Bros., Eidos and Square during E3 next week to see if they feel like sharing any details about Avalanche’s next game (or if they want to just give me a bunch of money to start making either of the games I just mentioned).