Call of Juarez The Cartel

Call Of Juarez: The Cartel Brings The West To Modern Day L.A.
by Jeff Marchiafava on Mar 03, 2011 at 10:15 AM
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Techland
Rating: Mature
Platform: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

When Ubisoft first revealed Call of Juarez: The Cartel, fans of the series were confused. What does a game set in modern day L.A. have to do with the franchise's Western theme? Recently, the publisher revealed some new information that explains the dramatic setting shift.

The Cartel tells the story of a ruthless drug cartel's war against the American government in modern times. After the cartel bombs a U.S. law enforcement agency, the government creates a task force to stop the drug runners. Ubisoft has revealed the task force's three key characters:

  • 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 the first Call of Juarez's Ray McCall.

It's up to these three characters to hunt down and stop the cartel's kingpin. Over the course of the game players will travel through California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Juarez, Mexico. Not only can you choose to be any of the three characters during the campaign (each character will have a unique story and ending), but there will also be an online three player co-op mode will have you and two friends controlling the trio together.

Ubisoft is promising a wide variety of mission types, including undercover missions and car chases, while keeping the "unique themes of the Wild West intact." How developer Techland plans to accomplish this is anybody's guess, but Ubisoft tells us that it will be revealing more details about the game soon, including "a twist on the three-player co-op storyline." Until then, check out the announcement trailer and concept art below.