EA’s next new game with a gun is Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, and it’s set for a surprising March 2013 release for PS3/360. In a press release by EA, the goal was to “refresh the Army of Two franchise for a new generation of action gamers.” Set around a city in Mexico controlled by drug cartels, two T.W.O. (Tactical Worldwide Operations) operatives are sent to make shooty ‘splode and bang bang.
Strange isn’t it? A 2008 game will get a reboot without the original squad of masked mercenaries. No more flame/skull decal body armor donned by Salem and Rios, who are replaced with a new couple, “Alpha” and “Bravo.” As much as I want to continue to eye roll, it is not a total generic re-haul. The third-person shooter will retain the core co-op experience with the beautifully destructive Frostbite 2 engine.
The developers behind it are EA Montreal (now Visceral Montreal) and Visceral Games. Right away, I saw two interesting tidbits about both developers. EA Montreal’s biggest titles were the two Army of Two games, and Visceral Games will be battling their own Dead Space 3 the following month with The Devil’s Cartel in March. I can only assume one or both will be delayed.
Army of Two to me personally had a whimsical cartoonish charm to the fist-bumping shooter. Cracking wise, lightly talking about their life in between slow moments of the game - just another Tuesday at the office! I never felt it had a totally gritty, mature tone. However, those are the buzz words that coincide with the Devil’s Cartel.
Source – Joystiq