Update: It seems that Gunslinger has returned to Xbox's digital storefront. It is not currently available anywhere else, but this is a good sign that the game should be widely available again soon.
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As first spotted by Pixelbuster over on ResetEra, it seems that two of the four Call of Juarez games (Gunslinger and The Cartel) have been delisted from Steam. Call of Juarez: The Cartel is the latest main entry in the series, receiving mixed reactions for its more modern setting. It was a full retail release and will live on in disc form.
Call of Juarez Gunslinger is a well-received digital-only spinoff that focused on arcade action in the old west. It has a trick shooting system similar to Bulletstorm, allowing you to rack up points for creative kills. It also features intense duels against famous outlaws like Billy the Kid and Jesse James. Gunslinger only ever saw a physical form on PC in Europe. In North America, it saw a disc in a few out of print franchise packs. For most players, the game will be increasingly inaccessible in short order. Gunslinger is backward compatible on Xbox One, although there is no current way to purchase that version.
The games have been delisted from Steam, Xbox Live, and PSN. As of this writing, you can still purchase the PC version of Gunslinger via Uplay for just a few dollars. Copies of the PS3 version can be acquired on Amazon, and there are various third-party marketplaces that still have Steam codes for sale.
In other digital game removal news, today is the last day that you can purchase LittleOrbit's Adventure Time games before they get delisted, as we recently covered.
TechRaptor has reached out to representatives at Ubisoft and Techland. We will update this story with any provided reasoning as to the game's removal from digital storefronts.
Quick TakeThis might be up there with Scott Pilgrim as far as "digital future" tragedies go. Call of Juarez Gunslinger was an unassuming game built in the mold of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. A spinoff with a lot of great ideas, it achieves the cowboy FPS dream better than any of its predecessors. Like any other game, this one deserves remembrance and easy accessibility. With the other two entries in the series still available on Steam, one only hopes that this removal is temporary. Both these games are historically significant and deserve a future.
Have you played any of the Call of Juarez games? Why do you think Ubisoft shelved sales of these two titles? Let us know in the comments below!