Mercenaries 2 officially furloughed until Q1 '08

Pandemic confirms World In Flames delay; studio wants to "be sure that game is 100 percent polished."

Days after Ubisoft announced that Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway has taken a detour to 2008, another major game's delay is now official. Pandemic reps have confirmed to GameSpot that Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is cooling its jets until the first quarter of next year. The confirmation comes three weeks after the delay was first rumored.

"Well, now I have some time to get these tattoo sleeves touched up...."

"We're not adding new features or content at this point," said the Pandemic official. "We are using the extra time to make sure that the game is 100 percent polished and truly shines as the best next-gen, open-world experience on any gaming system to date."

In development for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, and PC, Mercenaries 2 is a follow-up to 2005's critically acclaimed Xbox and PS2 shooter Mercenaries. Like its forebear, the game will feature an open-world war zone where players may roam freely, sowing destruction as a paramilitary gun-for-hire. Set in a fictional near-future Venezuelan civil war, the game drew critical raves when it was shown at E3, as can been seen in GameSpot's most recent preview.

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Discussion

108 comments
acidviper13
acidviper13

is there going to be any character customization in this game?

agpickle
agpickle

delays suck but its better to wait a few months than fall under the map every 5 seconds

FirstAlchemist1
FirstAlchemist1

alright. not gonna buy between DMC4 Killzone2 MGS GTA this game is not on my list

blancobo
blancobo

3months plus for "polishing"!!! Talk about perfectionism or ... maybe misleading information. Now that these guys belong to EA, they better make the promised due dates!

CowMan07
CowMan07

Well, better safe than sorry. and this means it may even be in the january sales! wooooo! better to be polished than have marks and glitches

wakko19991
wakko19991

i houht i clicked on the SCI quote about another price cut for the ps3..how did I end up here? GS check your links!!!

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

So this game IS coming for the PS3 correct?? I notice the thing in the upper right hand corner there only says 360 Oh, what am I saying, if it WERE only coming for the 360 it would be out by now, seems like NOone knows how to code for the PS3.

AshaDeus0
AshaDeus0

pitty but not deadly .... i guess

sieg6529
sieg6529

Yep, a really expensive PS2/blu-ray player

Bronson2k3
Bronson2k3

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Homerj
Homerj

Same old tired PS3 talking points...potential this and wait until that. Simply a problem of an exotic, unproven and difficult to utilize tech with a dev kit so crippled by IP protection paranoia that it limits quality and delays releases for software. These platform specific delays are damaging to gaming as a whole, and eventually, all devs will go the way of Valve or EA and limit this problem to its source. By the time that software is able to finally take advantage of the hardware and enough quality titles are released to move the currently small install base and tiny attach rate upward, MS and Nintendo will be moving on to their next generations.

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

dutch777 just sais he likes his console and he is getting minuses! wow how many fanboys are here. the ps3 is good, for starters it will soon (well is starting to) be creating graphically superior games as it is more powerfull and uses blue ray. but the 360 is also good as it is cheaper and at the moment has more games. I am not a fanboy thats my opinion I like all the consoles but In my opinion soon ps3 games will graphically look superior, it has the potential too thats fact. let people have their own opinions, if you dont like them its your problem.

Outlawlaw
Outlawlaw

Can we please stop calling it next-gen? It's no longer next-gen, it's current-gen.

hilltops
hilltops

The longer you wait for a game "hopefully" the more impessed and satisfied you'll be that it took its time. eg gta4 had better blow me away.

Marill
Marill

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dutch777
dutch777

All i can is disappointing !!!!! Why do games keep on getting moved back for the PS3.? The PS3 console still ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!, just give us more games man.

DJKrayz_basic
DJKrayz_basic

there is no game that ever gets 100% polished.. theyd be working on it forever..

cubeman
cubeman

Well this is just another title added to a pretty long list of games that got pushed to 08.

ahyumifan
ahyumifan

It's OK, If it was now, this would be shadowed by Halo 3. When Halo 3's heat slow down, this title would be great.

mkurts
mkurts

That is really sad - but it does free up my wallet for other games ....

Ozzer_Ozby
Ozzer_Ozby

It's a bummer that this game got pushed back cause I was really looking forward to this, but It's also a good thing. With games being 60 bucks a pop, I prefer that the high profile games be more spread out. It gives more time to save up for 'em!

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

Of course it is bad, but on the other hand it will hopefully be finished then, unlike Black & White 2 that was such a let down

LOGGER13
LOGGER13

I can take this delay. I REALLY enjoyed the first Mercenaries and I want to see this one be just as good, if not better, on the next generation platforms.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

I agree with XOXIXO. With all the games being obviously rushed to launch lately, barely feature-complete (if that) news like this just warms my heart.

XOXIXO
XOXIXO

When I read that a developer wants to delay the game to polish it, it just makes me want to buy it more, cause i know it's gonna be better

Poshkidney
Poshkidney

it better be bug free when it comes out.

Forelli_Boy
Forelli_Boy

Translation: If we release it near Halo, we're done for.

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

Good! There are to many great games to play as it is for 2007.

samhain_
samhain_

Surprize , Surprize yawnnnnnn. What game isn't ever delayed?

MonkeysDad
MonkeysDad

Polishing it up is fine with me. This looked in danger of getting lost in the Christmas game avalanche.

matthewjackman
matthewjackman

Hey, I wish more studio's had the cash behind them to delay releases until they are satisfied with the game. I guess Bono has his uses after all.

Serious
Serious

Some people get upset with delays. I don't care. I really want the game ready rather than quickly. We would have more AAA titles if the powers that be would leave the programmers to their job and not bug them to speed it up. Also every time a programmer goes to E3 or TGS they have to stop what they are doing and get a demo ready which slows down the process. So please take your time I have more than enough games to hold me over until your ready.

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

"Polishing" huh? More like our play testers think it sucks or our playstesters have found major game breaking bugs or this is yet another game where the only thing we did was improve the textures and didnt bother making the game any deeper.

dennis8
dennis8

if they really r delaying it for polishing purposes, then its fine by me.. i dont want to buy a piece of crap that lags and freezes all over the place X_X

themc_7
themc_7

yeah I second that, I'll just play halo for a few extra months

iuns
iuns

Ah don't worry about it, ill just play with halo for a few months until it comes out =D

---n00b_kid---
---n00b_kid---

Plz dont tell me it is the ps3's fault for the game being delayed !! Man, why did $ony choose horrible architecture for the cell and making it hard for developers to optimise it.

ChancreScolex
ChancreScolex

How did "We are using the extra time to make sure that the game is 100 percent polished and truly shines as the best next-gen, open-world experience on any gaming system to date" turn in to "We're pushing it back because we're having problems developing on the PS3"? Seriously guys the fanboy crap is getting old.

lukey9493
lukey9493

man i think theres about 20 games that have been pushed back to q1 08. this is getting rediculous

Homerj
Homerj

This is another GTAIV situation with the PS3 port underperforming. The Merc dev went the same route as T2 and just delayed everything. I'm sure more devs would be going the same route as the devs for Stranglehold and Orange box (delay the offending PS3 version only) or the EA method (just ship whatever you have...cant sell enough copies to matter by simple mathematics), if it werent for a little known title called Halo 3 (if you get my meaning).

egraves7
egraves7

Oh well. At least we still have Halo 3 and COD4.

someone068
someone068

fine with me. there are way too many games coming out in October and November that I want to play

Obliterati
Obliterati

Hm, looks like yet another case of Kutagari's Revenge to me.

CrushedGroove
CrushedGroove

This is good news to me. One less game I have to buy this holiday season.

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

It's gonna be a long one, but I don't care...

yungswift44
yungswift44

i dont care that its delayed because i thought it was coming out in 08 anyway so i was ready to wait lol

fattyxboxbutt
fattyxboxbutt

Oh well.. just have to play assassin's creed, mass effect, kane and lynch, Jericho, and Halo 3 while I wait. Life sucks.