Techland's Call of Juarez franchise is to return to its Old West roots in Call of Juarez Gunslinger, coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade, PSN and PC in 2013, Ubisoft has announced.

Live the epic and violent journey of a ruthless bounty hunter on the trail of the West's most notorious outlaws, including Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett and Jesse James.

The cooperative play introduced in The Cartel has also been dropped, in favour of a solitary experience.

Talking of The Cartel, Ubisoft admits the modern-day take on the franchise didn't really work.

"We admit that Call of Juarez The Cartel did not turn out the way we wanted and was not what the fans wanted it to be," explained the publisher in a Q&A. "There are various reasons for that. What really humbled and surprised us was the support we got along with the requests to go back to the Old West setting. That's where the series belongs. Creating a believable Wild West is something Techland does very well and we are determined to make Call of Juarez The Gunslinger the best in the series.

"Throughout our communication campaign, we will convince fans of the series as well as shooter enthusiasts that they should keep our game on their radar."