EA and Visceral Games announced earlier today that a third title in the Army of Two (I’m sorry, TWO) franchise, titled The Devil’s Cartel, is currently under development, and will be available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March of next year. This time around, the co-op focused title will center on the story of

“Alpha and Bravo, two operatives working for Tactical Worldwide Operations (T.W.O.), a PMC outfit that drops them in the middle of a drug war conflict for an assignment full of corruption and deceit. With the ability to unleash the power of ultimate destruction, players will need to work together as their objectives unravel, allegiances begin to blur and they face off against a ruthless opposition.”

Army of TWO: The Devil’s Cartel will feature the same co-op gameplay as its predecessors, this time around including “explosive new tag-team features.” With both online and split-screen options, Visceral is offering players the chance to enjoy the game with their friends in whichever way they would prefer, while simultaneously allowing them to distinguish themselves from their teammate with the options to customize the mask they wear and the weapons they use.

The GM of Visceral Games, Steve Papoutsis, says that:

“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.”

I’ve never had much to do with the Army of TWO games, playing only the first two or three missions of the first game, but if a third is in the works, then the titles must be selling well enough. Whether or not the next entry lives up to the potential Papoutsis thinks the franchise has remains to be seen: we’ll know for sure in March 2013.