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EA confirms Mercenaries title, Mercs Inc from Pandemic

Tuesday, 24th November 2009 20:34 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Pandemic has announced that a new game in the Mercenaries franchise is in its early stages of development at EALA.

Called ‘Mercs Inc’ for the time being, it’s the first Pandemic game to be developed by the studio at its new home in Playa Vista.

“We are very excited to announce a new installment in the popular Mercenaries series because it demonstrates our continued commitment to Pandemic’s rich cataloge of intellectual properties,” said EA VP Nick Earl.

“From the studio at EALA, a core creative team is forging new ground and conceptualizing new ideas for this exciting franchise.”

Platform and ship dates for Mercs Inc are to be announced at a later date, but it looks like it was not “canned” after all.

Check the video out that we posted yesterday through here and the full PR below.

Pandemic Studios Announces ‘Mercs Inc’

All—New Entry in Popular ‘Mercenaries’ Franchise Begins Development at EALA

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pandemic™ Studios, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that an all-new game in the studio’s popular Mercenaries™ franchise is in early stages of development at EALA. ‘Mercs Inc’ (working title) is the latest entry in the action series first made popular by Mercenaries in 2005 and most recently by Mercenaries 2: World in Flames™. Mercs Inc will be the first Pandemic game to be developed by the studio at its new home in Playa Vista. Mercs Inc will also be the first Pandemic game released after the launch this December 8th of the award-winning World War II action-sandbox game, The Saboteur™.

“We are very excited to announce a new instalment in the popular Mercenaries series because it demonstrates our continued commitment to Pandemic’s rich catalogue of intellectual properties,” said Nick Earl, Senior VP and Group General Manager at EA. “From the studio at EALA, a core creative team is forging new ground and conceptualizing new ideas for this exciting franchise.”

The most imminent release from Pandemic Studios is the action sandbox game, The Saboteur which ships on December 8, 2009. The Saboteur stars Sean Devlin; a street-tough Irish race car driver trapped behind enemy lines in 1940s Nazi-occupied France. Motivated by revenge, Sean fights, climbs, and races through open-world Paris, sneaking into the heart of the Nazi operations and sabotaging their every move. The Saboteur will be available for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox360® video game and entertainment system, and the PC. The Saboteur has been rated M by the ESRB with the following as descriptors: blood, intense violence, nudity, sexual themes, strong language. More information about The Saboteur, can be found at http://www.thesaboteurgame.com.

Platform(s) and ship date for Mercs Inc not announced. This game is not yet rated by the ESRB.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA™, EA SPORTS™, EA Mobile™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA’s homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA’s products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile, POGO, Mercenaries, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, Pandemic, and The Saboteur are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. “PlayStation” and “PLAYSTATION” are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Microsoft, Xbox, and Xbox 360 are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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6 Comments

  1. Gekidami

    Looked interesting based off that trailer, not sure if i’d pay full price for it though. Really depends on how many players can be in a game at once.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. mescalineeyes

    that trailer was the worst thing that came out of EA since Mercenaries 2. It’s shit like this why they’re not profitable.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. DaMan

    that doesn’t look half bad, Mercs 2 was plenty of fun and I would love to play a true multiplayer Mercs game.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. The_Deleted

    Mercs has huge potential but as a game it came up wanting. The original was great, if a little repetitive and for all the time they took with Mercs 2 it should have been a classic but, while it sounded fucking awesome on the PS3, it was obvious they’d been fucking about with it, intending to release it last gen, holding it over for the new. Hopefully a new game will be a lot more sure footed. Still worth getting if you find it cheap enough, though.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Jadeskye

    mercs 2 would have been fantastic if they just changed one thing.

    Let me call in an airstrike from further then 10 feet away from the target.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Er… how can Pandemic announce anything? Did EA just ditch the staff and keep the name going?

    #6 5 years ago

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