Call of Juarez Goes Modern With "The Cartel"

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Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

Here’s a fun one: Polish developer Techland has revealed that it’s working on a third installment in the Call of Juarez franchise, but unlike the other two titles, it won't be set in the Wild West. No, instead, it’ll be set in the modern world

I’m not making this up. In a press release issued today, publisher Ubisoft said Call of Juarez: The Cartel will feature “the best elements of the Wild West” in a modern setting. An EGM exclusive is keeping the details light at the moment, but we do know that the game will include two locales: Los Angeles and Juarez, Mexico.  Also, it's slated for release on the Xbox 360, PC, and PS3 this summer.
 

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== TEASER ==No-one bought this at the time, but a site called Gamers accurately reported on The Cartel’s setting switch in December, 2010. According to the now-believable report, The Cartel will feature four-player co-op and a “corruption” mechanic that’ll pit players against each other. The intel (or translation) here is sketchy, but if true, you’ll be able to take side-missions via cell phone that you don’t want your pals to know about.

Among the other things this article confirms: car chase and shooting segments, hacking, and bullet time. I guess you should still take this aside stuff with a grain of salt, but we'll get confirmation soon enough. Said issue of EGM hits on Feb. 9, 2011.   
 

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[Thanks for the link, Maurice!]
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#1 Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

Here’s a fun one: Polish developer Techland has revealed that it’s working on a third installment in the Call of Juarez franchise, but unlike the other two titles, it won't be set in the Wild West. No, instead, it’ll be set in the modern world

I’m not making this up. In a press release issued today, publisher Ubisoft said Call of Juarez: The Cartel will feature “the best elements of the Wild West” in a modern setting. An EGM exclusive is keeping the details light at the moment, but we do know that the game will include two locales: Los Angeles and Juarez, Mexico.  Also, it's slated for release on the Xbox 360, PC, and PS3 this summer.
 

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== TEASER ==No-one bought this at the time, but a site called Gamers accurately reported on The Cartel’s setting switch in December, 2010. According to the now-believable report, The Cartel will feature four-player co-op and a “corruption” mechanic that’ll pit players against each other. The intel (or translation) here is sketchy, but if true, you’ll be able to take side-missions via cell phone that you don’t want your pals to know about.

Among the other things this article confirms: car chase and shooting segments, hacking, and bullet time. I guess you should still take this aside stuff with a grain of salt, but we'll get confirmation soon enough. Said issue of EGM hits on Feb. 9, 2011.   
 

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[Thanks for the link, Maurice!]
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#2 Edited by phrosnite (3519 posts) -

HAhahahahahah

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#3 Posted by wafflez (570 posts) -

I'm sure this will be great.

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#4 Posted by GreyFox (147 posts) -

Looks interesting. Probably will make me thirsty, all these sand color games do so :\

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#5 Posted by Animasta (14909 posts) -

it's too bad time travel isn't involved, that would be so much better

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#6 Posted by Feikken (226 posts) -

Well, changing a game's setting to something more contemporary worked for Call of Duty so surely it will work here, right!?

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#7 Posted by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

Call of Juarez: Modern Westfare?

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#8 Posted by moojuice (27 posts) -

Gotta give them credit for shaking up the franchise.

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#9 Edited by schattenwolf86 (135 posts) -

I bet the mainstream media will go nutso over this.

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#10 Posted by Undeadpool (6276 posts) -

I never really liked Call of Juarez, but this smacks of desperation. Instead of having a somewhat unique and interesting setting, it's going to look like far more games, far more of which are probably better.

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#11 Posted by nickux (1553 posts) -

BOOOOO!!!! A little early for April Fools isn't it?

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#12 Posted by Agent47 (1931 posts) -

At least they are trying new things, which most people are too scared to do.So props to them for that.Though the whole cartel thing just worries me, just more fuel for the media's perception of Latinos as no good drug dealers.

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#13 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12579 posts) -
@Abyssfull said:
" Call of Juarez: Modern Westfare? "
Don't give them any ideas. 
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#14 Posted by fugie7 (1138 posts) -

looks interesting, I would want to see some trailers or gameplay or even a demo would be cool.

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#15 Posted by weegieanawrench (1965 posts) -
@Laketown said:
" it's too bad time travel isn't involved, that would be so much better "
Call of Jaurez: Darkest of Days?
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#16 Posted by CaptainObvious (2993 posts) -

This kinda sucks.

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#17 Posted by toowalrus (13401 posts) -

You know, I like the idea of this, but I don't really care for the character design.

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#18 Posted by ryanwho (12011 posts) -

What a goofy stupid thing to do.

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#19 Posted by Death_Burnout (3844 posts) -

No

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#20 Posted by RavioliSumo (2205 posts) -

Aren't   “the best elements of the Wild West” the fact that there's no cars or laser sights or guns that don't suck? What possible classic West element would play in a modern setting?

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#21 Posted by damswedon (3243 posts) -

Seems interesting, take the Ronin/ Western story and put in in a modern setting could be fun.

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#22 Posted by max3000 (417 posts) -

AHAHAHA. I wish they called it Call of Juarez: Modern Combat.
 
Actually, CoJ wasn't a bad game at all. I played okay and had a nice and entertaining plot.

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#23 Posted by Tennmuerti (9321 posts) -
@phrosnite said:
" HAhahahahahah "
yes
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#24 Posted by GravityProof (298 posts) -

This is awesome! Here's hoping for a gritty tale in the vein of Cormac McCarthy or Elmore Leonard. This is pretty much the only thing they could have done to get me interested in it. The only thing i'm concerned about is 'hacking'. Cowboys don't hack.

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#25 Posted by Foggen (1029 posts) -

I don't know why so many people on here are pooh-pooing this idea.  Having a Western take place in an unconventional  period worked for No Country for Old Men, it worked for Firefly, and it can work for Call of Juarez.  And yes, they're doing something similar to Call of Duty inasmuch as they're taking their franchise in a new direction so as to keep it from getting stale.  Is that a bad thing?  Sure, rag on Juarez for being middling games, but this idea isn't worthy of ridicule.

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#26 Edited by deactivated-59011e8c08e03 (70 posts) -

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#27 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7598 posts) -

Very disappointing to see it drop the old west setting.. Would have rather see them stick with that and expand upon the open world they briefly touched upon in the second game.  There was a lot of potential there.

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#28 Posted by dr_mantas (2558 posts) -

I loved all the Call of Juarez games so far, so hopefully this doesn't disappoint.
Also, this would solve the "old guns suck" problem some people seem to have.

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#29 Posted by CL60 (17117 posts) -
@Foggen said:
" I don't know why so many people on here are pooh-pooing this idea.  Having a Western take place in an unconventional  period worked for No Country for Old Men, it worked for Firefly, and it can work for Call of Juarez.  And yes, they're doing something similar to Call of Duty inasmuch as they're taking their franchise in a new direction so as to keep it from getting stale.  Is that a bad thing?  Sure, rag on Juarez for being middling games, but this idea isn't worthy of ridicule. "
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#30 Posted by Bones8677 (3516 posts) -

Well that's...different. I kinda like this idea, but I still have to give out a huge, "Wut?"

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#31 Posted by fillmoejoe (1630 posts) -

Now it's up to one man and his crew to clean up the drug infested streets of Mexico...our UAV is online. 
 
I would say it's a cool new idea but this just reeks of riding that modern warfare bandwagon by setting it in the present day.
 
I hope I'm wrong this this turns out into one amazing game.

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#32 Posted by Metal_Mills (3501 posts) -

Brad always posts news right after I post it on the forum. HMM...

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#33 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2523 posts) -

Oh not another one, the first two were just plain bad and judging by the screenshots for the third I don't see this series evolving into something better.  

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#34 Posted by Potter9156 (956 posts) -

What the heck?

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#35 Posted by dragonzord (846 posts) -
@Cold_Wolven said:
" Oh not another one, the first two were just plain bad  
You are spoiled rotten if you think the second one was 'just plain bad'
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#36 Posted by Pibo47 (3238 posts) -

This is actually kinda interesting...but yeah. Not sure how its gonna turn out.

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#37 Posted by Nadafinga (1040 posts) -
@Undeadpool said:
" this smacks of desperation.
first thing I thought as well.
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#38 Posted by Brodehouse (10812 posts) -

Army of Two Cowboys.

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#39 Edited by bybeach (5945 posts) -

His hat's too small.......  
 
And it occurs to me, doesn't have to be some gringo either. I remember a pretty good news story about a mexican cop battling both tht cartels and the bad guys on his own side. A little bit larger than life, maybe, but isn't that the point, especially for a vid game? 
 

 
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#40 Posted by PhatSeeJay (3331 posts) -

That's... surprisingly awesome.

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#41 Posted by EpsilonSE (191 posts) -

This smells like someone from marketing decided to be a game developer.
 
Head of Marketing:  "You know what's hot right now?! Modern First Person Shooters! With a crime story! And drugs! That's what kids want these days! Drugs, violence, and modern urban combat! Jenkins! I want to see you promoting our modern action crime story strategy by making one of our franchises use it! How about this Call of Jar -rez or whatever it is!?"
 
Jenkins: "But it's about the old west, and I don't know anything about developing games, just selling them..."
 
Head of Marketing: "GOD DAMNIT JENKINS! Quit talkin' that weak ass game, or we'll miss out our chance to hit up that kind of rush while this gravy train is still rolling!"
 
Jenkins: "...what?" 

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#42 Posted by LOZZAT (258 posts) -

This is Techland right? WHERE'S MY 'DEAD ISLAND' HMMMNMM? Eh, could be good, or not. Let's wait and see.

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#43 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2523 posts) -
@zoner said:
" @Cold_Wolven said:
" Oh not another one, the first two were just plain bad  
You are spoiled rotten if you think the second one was 'just plain bad' "
Having a job and playing a ton of games has opened my eyes to standards of quality and yes the second one is just plain bad.
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#44 Posted by MysteriousBob (6262 posts) -

Call of Juarez  did fairly well because it was one of the very few modern Western themed games. Now RDR exists, I guess they've realised that Rockstar now own the Western niche and have backed off to just make the most generic game setting of all time.

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#45 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

I really liked the second game, and this move for the franchise makes me sad. 
 
Oh well, maybe it'll just look dumb and end up playing great.

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#46 Posted by Winternet (8408 posts) -

What about not naming the game Call of Juarez? That would make more sense, right?

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#47 Posted by RafaelMei (360 posts) -

I bet most of you don't know but Juarez actually means Duty in spanish... (no, it doesn't)

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#48 Posted by CornBREDX (7269 posts) -

A "modern" western could be decent. Shame I don't have faith this developer can pull it off. I don't know, though. We shall see.

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#49 Posted by LethalKi11ler (1681 posts) -
@Cold_Wolven said:
" @zoner said:
" @Cold_Wolven said:
" Oh not another one, the first two were just plain bad  
You are spoiled rotten if you think the second one was 'just plain bad' "
Having a job and playing a ton of games has opened my eyes to standards of quality and yes the second one is just plain bad. "
Agree to disagree. I thought the second game was great and so did many critics who I'm sure have pretty high standards of quality playing tons of game AS a job.

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