Call of Juarez: The Cartel detailed, first media

Ubisoft’s detailed their upcoming modern day first-person shooter sequel, Call of Juarez: The Cartel. In development at Techland, whose also working on Dead Island, the game is set to launch this summer on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

The latest iteration in the series takes the franchise to modern day, while still maintaining its foundation of wild western themes. Ubisoft promises that despite its appearance, the game is still “a Western shooter”.

Its story opens with a fictional drug cartel bombing at a US law enforcement agency, destroying the building and killing hundreds. The surprise attack leads the US to believe that members of the cartel have infiltrated their agencies. Now, in their last effort, the country has put together a special task force in order to take down the cartel. In the force are: Kim Evans, a once gang member turned FBI agent, Eddie Guera, a DEA agent with a bad case of gambling, and Ben McCall, an LAPD detective and descended of the first Call of Juarez‘s Ray McCall. The task force will travel from locations including Los Angeles, California through Arizona and New Mexico to Juarez, New Mexico. Not only will they face the challenge of capturing the cartel, but they’ll face “personal challenges,” as well.

With these three task unit members, the game allows for three player online co-op and feature a single campaign that can be played through with each character, whom all have their own unique story and ending. Ubisoft promises they’ll have a “huge selection of weapons” at their disposal including “pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles, anti-air weapons and more”. A “wide variety” of maps is also mentioned, including punitive raids, witness protection, undercover missions, and the very cliched car chase.

Check out the first trailer below. The first set of screenshots and box art can be found at the gallery.

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