Techland's upcoming Call of Juarez: The Cartel, which moves the series from Wild West times to the modern world, has managed to stir up some controversy despite not many details still being known about the game, which is to be released this summer by Ubisoft.
Associated Press reports that state legislators of the Chihuahua state in Mexico asked the Mexican federal authorities to ban the game in the country, since it is based on drug cartel shootouts in Ciudad Juarez, in which about 6,000 people were killed in the last two years. The city is considered one of the deadliest cities in the world.
The state legislature has voted unanimously on a request to the federal Interior Department to ban the game. Congressman Ricardo Boone Salmon says:
- "It is true there is a serious crime situation, which we are not trying to hide (...) But we also should not expose children to this kind of scenarios so that they are going to grow up with this kind of image and lack of values."
- "Children wind up being easily involved in criminal acts over time, because among other things, during their childhood not enough care has been taken about what they see on television and playing video games," says state congress leader Enrique Serrano. "They believe so much blood and death is normal."
- “It doesn’t matter if it deals with the cartel in Juarez, the Gulf Cartel or the Sinaloa Cartel. It is simply not something that is appropriate for our youth (...) This leaves lasting images and ideas in teenagers who get caught up in the game and may try to make it a reality and live the violent lifestyle they see in these games.”
A Ubisoft spokesperson told Fox News:
- “While 'Call of Juarez: The Cartel' touches on subjects relevant to current events in Juarez it does so in a fictional manner that makes the gaming experience feel more like being immersed in an action movie than in a real life situation.”