Thought Red Dead Redemption would make the wild west a popular backdrop for games? Think again. Ubisoft announced the development of Call of Juarez: The Cartel – the third CoJ game trades in the series’ wild west setting in favor of a modern backdrop. The CoJ is one of the few successful franchises set in the old west. Currently, little is known about the plot of the game, but LA and Juarez, Mexico are confirmed as two of the games’ locales.
It’s a shame, really. CoJ had carved a nice little niche for itself as a story-intensive FPS with an under-utilized setting. Let’s hope that the switch-up doesn’t lead to the series going stale.
Call of Juarez: The Cartel is set to be released this summer.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced today at a corporate shareholder meeting that “Ghost Recon: Future Soldier” will not be released until early 2011. The tactical shooter, originally set to be released in time for this year’s Christmas rush, will now be released during the company’s “March quarter.” Guillemot attributed the decision to better timing, adding that the extra months will also help the development team “realize their vision.”
Of course, when Ubisoft says “better timing” in a “competitive market,” they actually mean that they’ve deemed it prudent to avoid direct competition with “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” which is set to hit stores on November 8th. Realistically it’s the right decision; who would really want to face off against the follow-up to the most successful video game of all time, especially with a game in the same genre? Still, it’s unfortunate – despite knowing little about the game, at least “Future Soldier” isn’t mired by the air of scandal surrounding the “Call of Duty” franchise.
Regardless of how you feel about “CoD”, bummed out “Ghost Recon” fans can still take solace in the fact that an early build of the game will be unveiled at E3 next month.
After a Gamestop Employee/Kotaku reader leaked an image of the retailer pre-order box art, Ubi Soft confirmed the existence of the next game in the “Assassin’s Creed” series. “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood” continues the story of “Assassin’s Creed II” protagonist Ezio Auditore De Firenze, rather than the primary storyline. Ubisoft revealed that such a game was being developed after rumors that a third direct sequel was already in the works, based on information in Ubisoft’s annual financial report.
According to the box art, “Brotherhood” focuses leading a group of assassins, rather than working solo. Case in point, the box refers to a “never-before-seen” multiplayer component. which had also been hinted in the annual financial report. On that note, the box implies that fans who pre-order the game at Gamespot will get a special multiplayer character, if that kind of thing float your boat.
After confirming the authenticity of the box art image, Ubisoft said that they will be releasing more information some time next week.