Call of Juarez: The Cartel is set to launch next week, Tuesday July 19th, and in an attempt to get reluctant gamers interested in the title, Ubisoft has released a new trailer detailing the various mulitplayer modes offered in the modern western shooter.

Players will play as two different factions, either as the police or as the Cartel. This will all seem very familiar to those who have played previous games in the Call of Juarez franchise, with the police acting as the “Lawmen” and the Cartel acting as the “Outlaws.” Standard game modes like Team Deathmatch are present though these modes are not usually what made the Call of Juarez multiplayer stand out in the past.

The game modes detailed throughout the trailer also parallel many of those found in 2009’s Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood. From what this trailer shows, the ‘Robbery Crew’ mode appears to be very similar to the ‘Wild West Legends’ game mode from Bound in Blood, which featured the Outlaw teams trying to secure different objects that the Lawmen defended (think Rush mode from Battlefield but with more varied objectives). ‘Star Witness’ also seems to resemble the ‘Manhunt’ and ‘Wanted’ game modes from Bound in Blood, though at this point it’s hard to tell which game mode Star Witness mimics the most.


Many fans of the┬áseries aren’t feeling too keen on the Call of Juarez: The Cartel‘s new look. While moving the franchise to a more modern setting may help it to get noticed by fans of modern shooters, many feel that the new look has made the Call of Juarez franchise “just another shooter” as opposed to the niche title it was before.

It’s hard to tell what the final product will play like based solely on this trailer, but the sub-par graphics certainly don’t seem to land any credence to the theory that the game will be able to stand up against its predecessors. Will you still try out The Cartel despite the changes made to the game, or are excited to see what positives the new direction has brought to the franchise?

Call of Juarez: The Cartel hits store shelves July 19, 2011 for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and September 13th for the PC.