With only a couple of weeks to go until sandbox action game Just Cause 2 hits store shelves, Swedish developer Avalanche has already begun talking about a potential third game in the series.

Speaking to VideoGamer.com, Just Cause 2 lead designer Peter Johansson said he would be "really happy" to do Just Cause 3.

"One of the interesting things with Just Cause as a franchise, and definitely Just Cause 2, is it's quite a clear direction. It has its own identity in this genre. That's kind of nice, because it's quite easy to see a direction for it," he said.

"Let's say I was going to do a brainstorming list of Just Cause 3 features, I could really quickly do it because it's easy to see how we can continue down that road, keeping it unique and just taking it several steps further. That's really nice. That's something I really like about Just Cause as a franchise. So as a game designer I would be really happy to do it."

In Just Cause 2, players assume the role of The Agency mercenary Rico, who travels to the fictional East Asian island of Panau in search of his former boss and mentor, Tom Sheldon.

Johansson added: "We'll see what happens in the future. The Agency, they have lots of places to operate, so we'll see what happens!"

Last month Avalanche founder Christofer Sundberg told Develop that the studio has now moved the majority of its staff to work on a "big new project".

While Johansson refused to offer details on Avalanche's mystery title, he did jokingly confirm that it won't be a puzzle game.

"Unfortunately I can't talk about that at all," he said. "But, I can tell you that it's not a puzzle game [laughs]. You're going to have stuff exploding in that as well, of course! But I'm really excited about it and I'm really happy that we're in good shape now and able to keep developing our engine and all those different new games as well. That's our philosophy: that we want to adapt it to whatever game we're doing. It's good that new stuff is happening. It's fun."

Just Cause 2 is due out on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on March 26. For hands-on previews, trailers, and screens, head over to our Just Cause 2 game page.