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Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel announced - Visceral, Frostbite 2 confirmed

Third co-op entry to release March 2013

EA has announced Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, the third instalment in its co-op action series due for release on Xbox 360 and PS3 in March 2013.

In development at Dead Space 3 developer Visceral and running on Battlefield 3's Frostbite 2 engine, Devil's Cartel introduces a "more intense, mature and grittier tone," according to EA.

The new stars of the game are Alpha and Bravo, employees of paramilitary outfit Tactical Worldwide Operations who find themselves caught in a Mexican drug war.

EA promises splitscreen co-op plus new character customisation options for the sequel.

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Visceral's executive producer Julian Beak said of the game: "We wanted to refresh the Army of Two franchise for a new generation of action gamers, and at the same time, stay true to the core concept that really made the first two games fan favourites.

"With meaningful, seamless co-op gameplay at its core and explosive new tag-team features, gamers will have to work together tactically and strategically as they push through a city dominated by one of Mexico's deadliest drug cartels."

Visceral's general manager Steve Papoutsis added: "Our goal with Army of Two The Devil's Cartel is to apply our key design principles - immersive, challenging gameplay, intense narrative and focus on quality - to help improve a franchise we feel has always had a lot of potential."

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