If you want to make a game better what’s the best way to do that? Probably to remove all the sucky elements from the previous game. Ubisoft, however, has a better tactic: they’re asking gamers what they did and didn’t like about Call of Juarez: The Cartel so that they can make the sequel better.
According to The Gaming Liberty, Ubisoft sent out a survey to Uplay members asking what they enjoyed most about the game, what they would like to see changed, and the typical kind of multiple choice questionnaire about improving the product.
It seems weird Ubisoft would even focus on Call of Juarez as a franchise anymore given that the series never fared all that well with critics, with the latest game sitting at an abysmal 47 out of 100 on Metacritic, the original game carries a 72 out of 100 and the second game out of the trilogy has the best rating with a 78 out of 100. I can tell you from experience that the second game, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood wasn’t even that good so I imagine the game received a 78 just because of how poor the first game was.
Nevertheless, Ubisoft could be eyeing the market of western games and not necessarily because of the success of the Call of Juarez franchise. According to Venture Beat’s gaming section, Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption has an impressive install base of more than 8 million units sold. Hence, there’s definitely a market for Western-themed games, Ubisoft just has to back the right kind of idea behind a new Call of Juarez to ensure it’s not a sucky shooter game.
You can actually check out a list of potential ideas Ubisoft has floating around for the kind of gameplay experiences shooter fans might expect to see in the fourth game in the highly criticized franchise over at The Gaming Liberty.
If you dare yourself to learn more about Call of Juarez, feel free to visit the Official Website.