Techland’s cowboy game Call of Juarez: Gunslinger could be about to make a comeback – of some kind.
First came an image of Call of Juarez: Gunslinger on the series official Facebook page, along with the provocative slogan “legends never die”; and then, moments ago, a short video appeared with a message for Rockstar’s upcoming cowboy mega-blockbuster Red Dead Redemption 2.
“Silas Greaves has something to say to Arthur Morgan [the lead character in RDR2] and the Van der Linde gang,” said the trailer blurb.
Silas’ voice said: “The Old West is full of legends. And you, Arthur Morgan, will soon be one of the greatest, I’m sure, because legends, you know, they never die. They change to come back stronger than ever.”
I asked Techland what was going on, to which the studio replied: “The Call of Juarez series means a lot to us and we’re not ruling anything out for the future. Legends never die, after all.”
So what’s going on?
Techland reacquired the rights to Call of Juarez: Gunslinger from Ubisoft in the spring, re-releasing the game on Steam, and saying, “We’ll continue the great efforts of Ubisoft and support the fans of the Call of Juarez universe in the same dutiful and passionate way.”
Is it making a new Gunslinger, then? Potentially. Gunslinger wasn’t a full-scale game, remember, but a smaller adventure with high production values for download from the Xbox Live Marketplace, PlayStation Store, and equivalent on PC. With two very big new games in development – Dying Light 2 and new co-op fantasy IP – it’s unlikely Techland could handle anything more.
Or it could be a remaster of some kind. Gunslinger is five years old, which hurts my wrinkles to recall.
Simon Parkin reviewed Call of Juarez: Gunslinger for Eurogamer and thought it was OK. A welcome return to the Wild West after the odd modern day Cartel tangent the series went off on, but a derivative of Call of Duty all the same.