If you recall the news that Pandemic Studios had been closed with its IPs intact at EA, then this may not come as much of a surprise: a third game in the Mercenaries franchise was under way. What is surprising - or at least interesting - about this revelation is that the game was set to feature four-player co-op and open-world multiplayer. A former employee revealed the embedded pre-alpha trailer for Mercs Inc, which we first saw last week over at hub site Colony of Gamers. By way of damage control, EA formally confirmed the game's existence before the rumor could get too far.
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 byMercenaries 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.
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