In a press release issued today, Ubisoft and Techland divulged a few more details about Call of Juarez: The Cartel.
First things first, Techland wants to assuage any fears that The Cartel will differentiate from Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood and Call of Juarez. The press release strongly says:
As with past Call of Juarez games, Call of Juarez: The Cartel is from inception to execution, a Western shooter.Many gamers were openly skeptical of shifting the IP into a more modern time period, but Techland feels that the new, modern setting will allow them to explore more time-relevant themes. The story for The Cartel begins with a fictional drug cartel bombing a law enforcement agency in the United States. This attack devastates the building and kills hundreds of people. Like most attacks, this one comes as a surprise to the government, leading intelligence agencies to believe that cartel members have infiltrated federal agencies.
In what they're calling a "last-ditch effort", the United States assembles a special task force to hunt down and stop this drug cartel. The members of the task force were shown off in a series of pictures in our story earlier in February. Those faces finally have names and delightfully shady back-stories:
Kim Evans- a gang-affiliated street kid-turned-FBI agentThrough the course of the game the task force will search for the head of the cartel. As you might expect, the task force can't simply find the guy on Facebook, so they'll be confronted with a variety of challenges that will take them across the American Southwest and Mexico. Also, because the back-stories of this trio have ZERO issues or complications, they will also be fighting "their own personal challenges and demons".
Eddie Guerra- a DEA agent with a chronic gambling habit
Ben McCall- a brutal LAPD detective and descendant of Ray McCall from the original Call of Juarez
The press release goes on to tease other gameplay aspects, including:
- Three player online co-op with Kim Evans, Eddie Guerra and Ben McCallFinally, we have the official announcement trailer.
- Gamers can play the entire campaign with each of the three characters; each character has his/her own unique story and ending
- Huge selection of weapons including pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles, anti-air weapons and more
- Wide variety of maps and missions including punitive raids, witness protection, undercover missions, and car chases
Call of Juarez: The Cartel will be available worldwide Summer 2011.