Desperados 3 announced, led by Shadow Tactics developer Mimimi

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Developer Mimimi, which made the excellent stealth game Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (opens in new tab), is reviving the Wild West, real-time tactics series Desperados.

Desperados 3 will arrive at some point next year, and you'll control five characters—outnumbered every time—across missions in "frontier towns, desert canyons, Mississippi swamps, sprawling modern cities and many more". The gang is led by John Cooper, hero of the previous games.

The developers promise you'll have multiple ways to tackle each mission. You'll be able to go in loud or keep to the shadows, taking out enemies one by one, and you'll also have non-lethal options, if you're feeling kind.

That variety is highlighted in the trailer, above: it doesn't show any actual gameplay, but it gives you an idea of the different ways you could approach a scenario, which includes, apparently, taking out a Gatling gun nest by using a black cat. 

The previous two games in the series were made by German developer Spellbound Entertainment, which folded in 2002. Nobody from Mimimi worked on them, according to this Reddit AMA (opens in new tab) from last year, but the team is "good friends" with those that did.

Look out for a preview of Desperados 3 in the next issue of PC Gamer, which is out on Thursday.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.