The creator of the immensely popular Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod will not make a followup for Just Cause 3, due to being hired by the game's development studio.

Lead designer Cameron Foote announced via the mod's forums that he had been hired by Avalanche Games to "work on projects present and future."

“As part of Avalanche, I’ll be able to bring many of the things you know and love from JC2-MP into future Avalanche experiences, while reaching heights that a mere mod couldn’t facilitate,” he wrote.

As a result, Foote said that development on the Just Cause 3 mod would face an "indefinite halt."

"Neither I or the rest of the team can actively pursue development on JC3-MP," he confirmed.

The Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod brought online play to the open-world single player game, allowing hundreds of players to occupy a single server and wreak complex destruction.

Foote made no statement as to whether the newer game would get official multiplayer support.

A separate multiplayer mod for Just Cause 3 is under development by Nanos, which previously made mods for Grand Theft Auto V and Mafia II, and is currently "slowly getting to a really playable state," according to its community manager.