We were atE3 2021 when Contraband was announced at the Xbox conference: the new work of Avalanche Studiosauthors of the series Just Causeper PC e Xbox Series X/S (Game Pass inclusive), was described as a cooperative open world, but without a well-defined launch window.
Since then, however, of Contraband traces have been lost and even now the information on the game is decidedly scarce: the last certain information dates back to last summer, with Microsft which registered the Contraband trademark. It was speculated that the opera was ready to return to the stage at theXbox Showcase of June 2022, but in the end the Avalanche title was not received.
So what happened to Contraband? Judging by some still active job postings, it appears game development is still on very far from its conclusion. As revealed on LinkedIn, the Swedish studio is still looking not only for a Producer for Contraband, but also for a Creative Director, a Technical Director and a Senior Game Designer. The applications for the following positions are all still active, and it is therefore difficult to hypothesize at what stage the jobs have actually reached.
All that remains is to wait for more clarifications on the situation of Contraband from Microsoft or Avalanche Studios in the future, in the hope that they will arrive as soon as possible.