Mercenaries 2 coming to 360, PC, PS2

Poorly kept secret completely blown out of water as Pandemic confirms game is headed to three platforms other than the PS3.

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When it was first announced at last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, the sequel to the 2005 cult hit Mercenaries was billed as a PlayStation 3 exclusive, a fact once again confirmed by developer Pandemic earlier this month.

However, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames has now officially gone the way of other one-time PS3 exclusives Assassin's Creed, Fatal Inertia, GTA IV, and BladeStorm: The Hundred Years' War; the title will now be multiformat as opposed to a Sony platform exclusive.

Mercenaries 2 is set for a "simultaneous global release" during the 2007 holiday season on the Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 2, along with the previously confirmed PlayStation 3.

The action adventure game has players step into the shoes of a series of hardened bounty hunters tasked with solving some nasty problems. Whereas the first game took place in North Korea, the sequel is set in Venezuela--much to the dismay of the Venezuelan government.

Pandemic Studios CEO Andrew Goldman commented on the decision to make the game multiplatform by saying, "All four platforms are incredible gaming machines." He also added that although the title had been previously thought to be PS3-exclusive, it had in fact been designed "from the beginning [as] an experience that accentuates their [platforms'] different strengths."

Discussion

400 comments
FrostyDeath313
FrostyDeath313

dont you think it would be freakin awsome of it had multiplayer matches..... will there at least be MP co-op ???????

HalfBak3dM0nkey
HalfBak3dM0nkey

I just noticed something, did anyone realize that the title is misleading? "game is headed to three platforms other than the PS3." When the article specifically states that "Mercenaries 2 is set for the previously confirmed PlayStation 3."

HalfBak3dM0nkey
HalfBak3dM0nkey

Coming out for PS2? That would make PS2 the only previous generation console that is still alive today, as the GCN ceased long ago and the Xbox support went to the Xbox 360. I hope the game can still look good on current consoles if it can make an appearance on the PS2.

bullsfan769
bullsfan769

wow ps2 has lasted a really long time

Diduseeasign
Diduseeasign

Its a shame this won't be out on the Wii. In fact, it doesn't really make sense that its being released on Ps2 and not the wii.

munchoman96
munchoman96

i think this game is gonna b great and im glad its on da ps2 phew!!!!!! who eva says ps2 sucks is stupid coz it rulez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hunterking
hunterking

Just "UNBELEIVABLE" non-stop action,so many ways to accomplish a mission!! The vastness of exploration is amazing!! Its a keeper!! Great job at PANDEMIC studios!!!!

BirdofP
BirdofP

Yeah I definately need to get a nex-gen console. Add this to the list of I wants along with Mass Effect and GoW

Jokul
Jokul

I'm still gonna need to fork out for a next gen console though!

jsloane
jsloane

nice loved the first one and im glad I don't need the P$3 to play it. Multiplatform makes everyone happy...usually. glad it doesnt look like a PS2 game with a face lift. And someone needs to make people like metal-gear sold boy hear shut up and be glad Microsoft didnt get a lock on this one like Pandemic's buddy Bioware's Mass Effect (much more excited for that one)

Autokiller
Autokiller

sweet now i can both play AC and mercenaries on my 360 without buying an ps3! :P

Cabose420
Cabose420

man o man, if sony doesnt step it up its going to keep loosing exclusives, loved the first game on the PS2, didnt get far but i really enjoyed it, and im super excited i wont need to shell out $600+ to get the sequel.

metalgear-solid
metalgear-solid

Crap news. Xbox 360 is crap and doesn't deserve this.

SpaceMoose
SpaceMoose

This could very well be the game that finally gives me enough reason to shell out for the X-Box 360. I rather enjoy the first Mercenaries (on PS2) and I'm not generally all that huge of a shooter fan.

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

I cant wait to see how the 360 versions of these games stack up to the ps3 versions. Im leaning on the 360 versions being just as good. Cant wait

Screamteam411
Screamteam411

awww luna, do not call Red Steel one of Nintendo's major exclusives. How about every mario game ever made, metroid, or ssbb instead?

luna_chanfui
luna_chanfui

matchpenalty11 4. Each company still has at least two major exclusives. X360 (Halo, Gears of War) PS2,PS3 (MGS4, God of War series, Gran Turismo series, Killzone series) Nintendo (LOZ: Twilight Princess, Red Steel). These are exclusive series that I thought of off the top of my head so If I missed one don't bite my head off. *********************************************************************************** why everyone saying that Halo and Gears of War are the best games of 360?we can see that 360 likes to come out games with first person shooting games only,wherelse ps comes a lot of types of games.for me who hate fps game,360 is nothing but just hardcore games which is great in graphic and also PC games...i wonder that western people like averything "hardcorely"....sigh for them..

luna_chanfui
luna_chanfui

leninv3l leninv3l Dissapointment!!!! The crappy ps2 gets it and the xbox (original) doesn't!! The ps2s graphics suck!!!!! how in the name of god is the ps2 going to hold it!!!!! I think this is a major flaw in lucas arts's plan!!!!! ********************************************************************************** u just accept the fact,as we know ,graphics on ps2 won't that good as 360, but we compare ps2 with Xbox original,which one is the famous game machine until now? micro$uck already forgot what is Xbox(the original)is and now it is already become a dead machine (lol)..that's clear bill gate$ is just making profit from gaming market,not considering about what consumers wants.. if the ps3 become famous after some period and 360 become the opposite,then the Xbox 129600 (square of 360) will be come out and cheat ur fan boys money.. (lol).

chess13man
chess13man

The PS2 is a great system. Also the xbox 360 has been out longer and its price has dropped since its original release. They even said the graphic quality would only be at its fullest on the ps3 and xbox 360

rome0061
rome0061

more people have ps2's smarty pants

leninv3l
leninv3l

Dissapointment!!!! The crappy ps2 gets it and the xbox (original) doesn't!! The ps2s graphics suck!!!!! how in the name of god is the ps2 going to hold it!!!!! I think this is a major flaw in lucas arts's plan!!!!!

Legacyoftain
Legacyoftain

Old news but good to hear... I loved the 1st game...and cant wait for this one for 360...XBL will be sweet with this

dmastor
dmastor

Nobody buying any exclusive the world runs on money and with next gen costing more exclusive is just not logical. If u want to make more money reach out to more buyers common business rule. ANd for the record reserving game are a waste of time plus u help the company like eb and gamestop(same place) earn interest on your 5 dollars, lock u in there store when best buy and walmart has better game deals like an gift card of 10 dollars or something. when all they do is rip us off anyway they can with there trade in fee's if scratched or missing an case.Really just used games for 2 to 5 dollars less (with or without a case. that last part is @ragek1ll589 must work and brainwashed buy the company.

Jenkins_2005
Jenkins_2005

matchpenalty11 Please.. Mercenaries 2 was being developed for the 360 long before the PS3 "exclusive" rumor began to stoke. Even though when this game was first announced it was only being developed for the PS3

Jenkins_2005
Jenkins_2005

Im glad this did the inevitable and came to the 360 because the first mercenaries was amazing, and from the looks of the screenshots and small bits of gameplay movies, this looks as if it will follow suit.

Shingo
Shingo

Why can't we all just be friends? Serioulsy.

kamicolo
kamicolo

That would've been stupid for a PS3 exclusive. The first one sold more copies on the Xbox anyhow

nu-animal
nu-animal

Typical conversation between third-party game developer/publisher bosses: A: Lets make a game - or a sequel. B: That's a great idea! A: I know. That's why I'm the CEO. B: Hey what about making it multi-platform? We could sell a lot more that way? A: That's just so crazy it might work!?

THEMOD3158
THEMOD3158

there is a reason why this is happening, and it's not because Sony or the PS3 sucks (as I'm sure someone has said, but I don't feel like reading 8 pages of comments)...this is happening because there aren't a lot of PS3's in the hands of consumers yet and PS3 exclusives at this point in time will not sell well...if a company wants to get good return on their investment, they can't afford to make PS3 exclusives...yet

matchpenalty11
matchpenalty11

1. There is no XBOX version because the console is nearly dead whereas the PS2 has some life left because there are very few games out for the PS3 right now. 2. Metal Gear Solid, God of War are some Playstation exclusives. 3. Don't always trust wikipedia. Anycome can just edit any article they want without even having to log on unless it has been locked out. 4. Each company still has at least two major exclusives. X360 (Halo, Gears of War) PS2,PS3 (MGS4, God of War series, Gran Turismo series, Killzone series) Nintendo (LOZ: Twilight Princess, Red Steel). These are exclusive series that I thought of off the top of my head so If I missed one don't bite my head off.

matchpenalty11
matchpenalty11

Bill Gates doesn't run Microsoft anymore. He stepped down about 9 months ago.

matchpenalty11
matchpenalty11

Please.. Mercenaries 2 was being developed for the 360 long before the PS3 "exclusive" rumor began to stoke. Sony's managed to essentially pay for hype in lieu of exclusivity rights with these titles.. RE: Do you have any evidenced of that whatsoever. Anything. Even a crumpled piece of paper that was givin to you by a kindergartener that is wriiten in crayon and badly mispelled that says Mercs 2 was being developed for the 360 originally.

StOcKoHeArTs
StOcKoHeArTs

Its bill f'ing gates hes a nob byuing all PS3 Exclusives ARGH!!!!!!!!!

Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

Yeah. The first one was on the xbox and ps2, so there's no reason for this one to be an exclusive.

skitchrick
skitchrick

SWEET- already on my Chanukah list!

juanfraino
juanfraino

Sony is just losing exclusives every month. Guess it's more profitable for everyone to just go multiplat. That way more people have a chance to purchase the software.

Dryker
Dryker

Uhm.... why are so many saying that exclusives are dead? There are plenty of exclusives that have come out recently and are coming out soon... oh, perhaps you mean Playstation 3 exclusives are dead... well, that would seem to be true. Exclusives aren't dead: Gears of War, Fable 2, Mass Effect, Halo 3... should I continue? Oh, um, wait, I'm sorry. This could be construed as console bashing and I despise that. I wonder from what perspective the claim, that exclusives are dead, is coming from? Strange observation...

susuamazin
susuamazin

i got some good news guys..... wikipedia says... # Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection (Namco Bandai Games) (Flag of Japan 12.27.06, Flag of United States 02.26.07, Flag of European Union 03.23.07) remember we got mad about them not releasing it in the US?????

brothaval
brothaval

exlusive gaming almost dead, except on the wii. :-D

theKSMM
theKSMM

I suspect that until one console establishes dominance, the platform exclusive title has gone the way of the dodo.

gamerTag-shank
gamerTag-shank

weeeoops1520 i guess this is news..... anamnawshad: the issue for crysis isnt sales, its the fact that consoles cant run it (DX10) so if it would come to consoles, it would be a dumbed down ver ------------------------- Considering that almost noone will be able to play Crysis with directx10, I'm sure the game will run on 9 as well. There is little doubt that it can be ported to the 360 without issue.

weeeoops1520
weeeoops1520

i guess this is news..... anamnawshad: the issue for crysis isnt sales, its the fact that consoles cant run it (DX10) so if it would come to consoles, it would be a dumbed down ver

TTDog
TTDog

@ pungaboy: Think things through mate, granted in 1 year the PS3 will have better graphics in games than now, but so will the 360, in 2 years time the graphics will have improved again... on both consoles. Its bloody hard to catch up a whole years worth of development experience, especially when the machine you trying to catch up on programs like a dog.

patmacfad
patmacfad

Exclusive games are not gone. Exclusive games on the PS3 are gone.

axia_777
axia_777

keinuveye is completely right. Exclusive gaming is almost dead. Why? Because GAME companies are SMART. Why smart? Because they look out for themselves, not the console companies. It is not in their best interest to be exclusive unless the company is like Sony or Microsoft and pays them huge amounts of cash to be exclusive. Whether it is EA or any other company that can afford to go Multiplatform they should;d. The more cash they have the better they can develop the next game. I will do it too when I am making games.