In a rather surprising twist, we may actually be getting another Call of Juarez game. Series developer Techland updated the Call of Juarez Facebook page banner to a picture of Gunslinger protagonist Silas Greaves, along with the caption ‘Legends Never Die’.
Another image followed this, featuring Greaves looking over a canyon accompanied by the line ‘I haven’t been there in years. Name’s Silas Greaves’.
The Call of Juarez series is a Wild West first-person shooter series, beginning with Call of Juarez back in 2006. It followed two protagonists, a badass gunslinger turned reverend named Ray McCall and his wussy nephew Billy Candle. It was rather unique in that both characters had an entirely different gameplay style; generally, you went through a mission as Billy, where you had to use stealth and cunning to get past enemies, and then as Ray where you got to blow away all those bastards you were forced to hide from the first time. It was very cathartic and a lot of fun.
This was followed up by Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, which followed McCall’s criminal career, and was a lot of fun, despite sacrificing the unique character-alternating gameplay. Next came Call of Juarez: The Cartel, where Techland decided to move the setting to the modern day and turned the fun gameplay of earlier entries into complete shit.
Since nobody liked The Cartel, Techland backtracked to the Wild West and released Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, which featured the aforementioned Silas Greaves. Gunslinger was largely unconnected to the rest of the series, which worked to its benefit. The fantastic framing device was an elderly Silas telling his life story in a bar, in which he claims to have killed pretty much every famous outlaw there ever was. Tangling with the likes of Jesse James and Butch Cassidy was a lot of fun and the newer, more arcadey gameplay matched it well. Gunslinger is a lot of fun, and I would highly recommend it if anyone who is a fan of shooters or the Wild West.
Now, it seems that Techland are hinting at a possible sequel to Gunslinger, and the immediate question that springs to mind is ‘how?’ After all, Silas Greaves was probably in his nineties by the conclusion of Gunslinger, and he had already allegedly killed most of the famous outlaws in American history. I suppose they could just do more of the same, and dredge up some of the D-list killers from the West, but that sounds fairly unoriginal. I suppose they could continue his story forward in time, letting us play as Greaves as he tried to shoot his way out of dementia and colostomy bags. Still, the gameplay and presentation are what has always made the Call of Juarez a lot of fun, so as long as they nail that the story could be about Greaves collecting his pension for all I care.
Hopefully, we will receive something a bit more concrete from Techland in the coming days, so watch this space for more!