E3 06: Pandemic training next-gen Mercenaries

Studio readying sequel to the popular free-roaming military action game; no specific platforms, publisher announced.

Over the weekend, Pandemic Studios quietly began dropping hints on its official Web site as to the subject of one of the four unnamed games it currently has in development. The title in question, code-named "Project Q," suddenly got a subsite with a photo gallery of various military scenes with semi-ironic captions. One showed a rocket-propelled grenade with the subtitle "centerfold," another showed a V-22 Osprey airlifting a Humvee over the word "valet," and another of a F-117 Stealth fighter dropping a JDAM-guided bomb above the caption "candygram."

Many took the photos as not-so-subtle hints that Pandemic was readying a sequel to its darkly humorous free-roaming military actioner, Mercenaries. Sure enough, today the company announced that it is indeed readying a second entry in the series. Titled Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, the game will be on display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo next week.

Pandemic gave a brief, vague description of Mercenaries 2 in its announcement. According to the developer, the game will offer "a whole new 'playground of destruction' from the ground up, fully stocked with the hottest vehicles and weapons. Set in a new and exotic hotspot, you can be your own boss in a wide-open world where there's only one rule: everybody pays."

While no specific platforms were announced for Mercenaries 2, Pandemic made much of the fact it is coming to next-gen consoles. "We're building on the core mercenary experience we created for the original," Pandemic CEO Andrew Goldman said in a statement, "[but] we've taken full advantage of next-gen technology to offer a more richly detailed, reactive, living world." The original Mercenaries was released for the Xbox and PlayStation 2, making the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 the leading candidates for the sequel's platforms.

Besides not mentioning specific platforms, Pandemic also did not name a publisher or set a release date for Mercenaries 2. However, that could very well change next week. "Pandemic is keeping the full story under wraps until E3," read the developer's statement. The original Mercenaries was published by LucasArts in January 2005.

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iuns
iuns

yup 360 version coming !! w00t !!

WookieeJAH
WookieeJAH

Hopefully they will announce a 360 version. I would hate to have to pay $600 to Sony.

LittleMorganite
LittleMorganite

Im so glad they are doing this ive been waiting for ages for a sequal but hopefully they will have it still on PS2.

GameDestroyer88
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GameDestroyer88
GameDestroyer88

Truly excellent. I though the first game was outstanding.....I'll be looking forward to the sequel

mattias1347
mattias1347

Sweet, cant wait for more news on this. :)

Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

My god... Mercenaries 2? Oh, this is truly sweet news!

900919
900919

Kickass, a new Mercenaries. The first game was amazing and downright fun, I can't wait to see how they top it this time. Hopefully we'll have nukes and a bigger world to run around in.

speedy2295
speedy2295

It'll look awsome on both platforms and hopefully it'll have a co-op mode.

Punk_knight_200
Punk_knight_200

Well this will be a definate must buy another reason that I will be broke! lol

Ploppyplop0
Ploppyplop0

Niiice... the original was awesome, hopefully they'll include a co-op mode...

lavatruck
lavatruck

hopefully for the 360 the first one was such a great game i dont think it got its deserved fame

grandma1
grandma1

Hot Dog I'm sure this will be my favorite game for 360

mickel_darmawan
mickel_darmawan

Just relese it on PS3 if they want to sell BIG, not at that 360, just CRAP.

MrMonkey100
MrMonkey100

It could be in Cuba because that place has a Dictatorship. And plus, Cuba is pretty exotic right? The thing they must do in this one is add multi-player play, and make it so your buddies you pick up can drive and follow you.

Homosygus
Homosygus

Been waiting for this for a while!!!!

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tovi922
tovi922

The next one should also be big enough to have MOAB's (Massive ordinance Air blast) you know like the U.S.A.F has in real life.

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mcerickson
mcerickson

Sweet! Please include multiplayer and maybe even co-op and versus modes!

grievance8
grievance8

Please, please, please, put Merc 2 on Wii....

HIMSteveO
HIMSteveO

I was a massive fan of the first one, so the news of a sequel is huge to me. Hopefully they'll release it on the original xbox, or even PC (that'd be great!), but if it's only out on the 360 and PS3, i might have found a reason to finally get a 360

exclusiveburner
exclusiveburner

the first game was awesome but was lacking graphics so hopefully this game will be just as fun with plenty of new features

august_king
august_king

Awesome! I loved Mercenaries for Xbox!

ldsjim
ldsjim

doods! was the article posted at 11:38 as an homage to lucasfilm?

jon1233
jon1233

Best of luck to the guys who make this.

gamesta4
gamesta4

SWEET!! the first one was awesome. can't wait to see what develops

lobo1976
lobo1976

I loved the first game it was like wow so #2 should blow us all away

just4pool93
just4pool93

Mercenaries 2 should be released on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Xbox, and Playstation 2 for those who do not have a PS3 or Xbox 360 yet.

Lost2017
Lost2017

I knew this announcement would come, I wonder If BIoware has a new IP for the playstation3

blkgto
blkgto

Anything you have heard about what system its in development for is entirely unfounded. The company (pandemic) has not specified, and furthermore, its highly doubtful that it will only be released to PS3. Mercenaries 2 has too much potential for them to limit it to only one system. I also looked for the recent comments on anything regarding "project Q" and PS3 and found nothing. How cool would a "custom mercenary creator" be?

delol
delol

i look forward the first one was great

pantweasel
pantweasel

Yes! I love the first one, and I can't wait for the second.

Miniman125
Miniman125

finally! this is the second best game on the xbox! (halo 2 duh :P)

DeadManSaloon
DeadManSaloon

Nice to see an outstanding dev like Pandemic come into next-gen.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Great Company, Great Game. Hope M2 is better.

sabru8
sabru8

sweet....i have been waiting and hoping for a sequel to Mercenaries, which is a great game.

thk123
thk123

They better release it on the orginal Xbox, I hope they include multiplayer too, that would be awesome, Imagine this: both of you are in helicopters, with cars dangling down, CONKERS. Also, I hope you can get in the drivers seat and you can tell and ally to drive you somewhere.

Faromarz
Faromarz

it better have some cheats