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More Info on Call of Juarez: The Cartel

Ubisoft released some additional info for Call of Juarez: The Cartel, including news on its co-op play. (In that it has co-op play.)
In fact, this press release hit my Inbox on Thursday and I missed it when I posted the video. One astute NHS reader said about the trailer, “give us a protagonist that’s a little more Benicio Del Toro from Traffic and a little less Kenny Rogers in a bullet proof vest.”

I couldn’t agree more, but Kenny puts asses in the seats.

Anyway, PR time…

SAN FRANCISCO – March 3, 2011 – Today Ubisoft announced product details for Call of Juarez®: The Cartel, set to launch Summer 2011. As the third game in the award-winning Call of Juarez series, Call of Juarez: The Cartel is being developed by Techland® for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Sony PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.

Call of Juarez: The Cartel keeps the unique themes of the Wild West intact while taking gamers on an action-packed adventure set in present day. As with past Call of Juarez games, Call of Juarez: The Cartel is from inception to execution, a Western shooter.

Call of Juarez: The Cartel has a deep and gritty storyline that begins with a fictional drug cartel bombing a U.S. law enforcement agency, devastating the building and killing hundreds of people. The attack is a surprise, leading the U.S. to believe that cartel members had somehow infiltrated federal agencies. In a last-ditch effort, the U.S. puts together a special task force to hunt down and stop the drug cartel. The task force consists of:
– Kim Evans, a gang-affiliated street kid-turned-FBI agent
– 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

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As the task force trio searches for the head of the cartel, they’re confronted with a variety of challenges that take them on a journey from Los Angeles, California, through Arizona and New Mexico to Juarez, Mexico. To complicate things further, Kim, Eddie and Ben each have their own personal challenges and demons* to face, which makes for a complex and high-adrenaline gaming experience driven by a rich storyline evident throughout the Call of Juarez franchise.

(*I think adding demons would absolutely boost sales, FWIW. Sort of a Lovecraft interlude.)

Key features include:
– Three player online co-op with Kim Evans, Eddie Guerra and Ben McCall
– 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

Additional information will be revealed soon, including details about multiplayer and a twist on the three-player co-op storyline.

Bill Abner

Bill has been writing about games for the past 16 years for such outlets as Computer Games Magazine, GameSpy, The Escapist, GameShark, and Crispy Gamer. He will continue to do so until his wife tells him to get a real job.

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