Legislators in the Mexican city of Juarez have called on federal authorities to ban the release of Ubisoft’s recently announced Call Of Juarez: The Cartel.
While the previous two games in the series were set in the Old West, the latest is set in the present day, described by Ubisoft as bringing “the best elements of the Wild West into modern times with a very gritty and relevant plot.”
Officials in Juarez believe the game’s setting is insensitive, with drug-related violence taking the lives of 6,000 people during 2009 and 2010, according to MSNBC.
“It is true there is a serious crime situation, which we are not trying to hide,” said Ricardo Boone Salmon, a congressman in Mexico’s Chihuahua state. “But we should also not expose children to these kind of scenarios so that they are going to grow up with this kind of image and lack of values.”
Salmon said the state legislature unanimously approved a request to the federal interior department to ban the game, which is set for release this summer.