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Call of Juarez: The Cartel announced

Ditches Wild West for modern day.

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Call of Juarez: The Cartel has been announced for PC and "next-gen consoles" - presumably PS3 and Xbox 360.

It's coming out this summer.

Published by Ubisoft, this third instalment transports the series from the Wild West to present day America with "a new and modern setting".

The press release bills the story as "immersive and mature", and tells us we'll be venturing to Los Angeles, California and Juarez in Mexico.

Developer Technland returns to do the honours.

Call of Juarez, a 2006 PC game, was a brutal Wild West shooter told from dual perspectives: one, the batty trigger-happy Reverend Ray; the other Billy, a sneak.

"Of all the cowboy games in the last few years, Call of Juarez is the one which most feels like it has a soul. Impassioned and imaginative, its velocity of invention can make you smile through any flaws. It's a game which you feel someone actually cared about making. We don't see nearly enough of those," wrote Kieron Gillen for Eurogamer, sitting in the judge's seat - 8/10.

Sequel Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, released 2009, spread the series onto PS3 and Xbox 360, ditched Billy to focus on the more interesting Reverend Ray - more accurately, his past.

"Above all," wrote Eurogamer reviewer Oli Welsh, "[Bound in Blood is a] proper western, set in a tangibly real Wild West, with proper, honest-to-goodness cowboys, Indians and bandits in it. Experience tells us that's harder to pull off in videogames than you might think, and it counts for a lot, no matter where it comes from." 7/10.

But back then there existed few decent western shooters. Now, of course, there's Red Dead Redemption - Rockstar's latest that took 2010 by storm.

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