When last we checked in on the Call of Juarez digital conundrum, franchise developer Techland had resecured the rights to Call of Juarez Gunslinger and Call of Juarez The Cartel from original publisher Ubisoft. As of today, one half of that duo has returned to active duty. Drunkard legend simulator Call of Juarez Gunslinger is back up on Steam, now fully under the banner of Techland Publishing. Thanks to SteamDB, we can see that the new publishers made a few changes, including removing the game's manual and excising a link to the game's still active Ubisoft portal. Otherwise, new purchasers can grab the game for 33% off until May 4th or try the free demo on the Steam page.
It's worth noting that this revival is only on the PC side of things as of now. PSN still has a page, but you can only wishlist the game. Xbox still has the full game up for purchase on Xbox 360, and that version is backward compatible with Xbox One. Both of the console storefronts still list Ubisoft as the publisher as of now.
As for The Cartel, all is quiet on that front. Techland has not announced any plans to return the game to digital marketplaces. This leaves potential players having to purchase a physical copy in some form. In other franchise news, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is still officially under the Ubisoft banner everywhere. The original Call of Juarez has never left Techland's arms.
TechRaptor will continue to update the world on any further shenanigans regarding Call of Juarez as they occur.
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