Just Cause was released on September 22, 2006 and introduced player to a certain Latin hero by the name of Rico Rodriguez. In his first mission, Rico travels to the island of San Esperito to help overthrow the evil dictator Salvador Mendoza. Rico's agency (cleverly dubbed The Agency), believes he may be in possession of WMD's. When Rico arrives, an explosive and highly inventive guerilla war is launched against the government.
The island of San Esperito is a place of promise, both for Rico and for the many players who first joined him in Panau and then decided to check out his beginnings. For instance, before Rico could use his grapple hook as a means of transportation, he could already run, drive, fly, stunt jump, swim and sky dive. And before the Avalanche Engine became one of the most celebrated technologies in open world development, it raised the bar for scope and freedom with Just Cause.
To this day, Just Cause remains an essential chapter of open world game history.