Retail Radar: Mercenaries 2 delayed again?

Multiple online stores list EA-Pandemic shooter for release in the last week of August.

The lengthy list of games delayed from the holiday 2007 rush--a list including Grand Theft Auto IV, Metal Gear Solid 4, and Splinter Cell: Conviction--could make for a first half of 2008 crammed with highly anticipated hits unlike those of any previous year. However, there appears to be a new trend among these already delayed titles, specifically more delays.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl has slipped another month from its previously revised February release date. Ubisoft today confirmed that Haze won't settle on the PS3 until its next fiscal year, which begins in April. Funcom pushed Age of Conan back from March to May. EA Mythic's Warhammer Online won't be ready to take the PC battlefield until midyear.

Pandemic Studios' Mercenaries 2: World in Flames may be the latest game twice bitten by the belated bug, as a bevy of online retailers have pushed the wantonly destructive Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and PC action game out of its announced first-quarter 2008 release window. GameStop, CD Universe, and Amazon.com are all currently listing versions of the game with a late-August release. GameStop and Amazon list the game as shipping on August 25, with CD Universe projecting an August 27 release.

Representatives with EA and Pandemic had not returned GameSpot's requests for comment on the possible delay as of press time.

When the game was previously delayed in September, a Pandemic representative said at the time that the developer wasn't adding any new content or features, just making 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."

Please note, while retailer listings frequently jump the gun on publishers' product announcements, they should not be taken as final confirmation of a game's release date or existence; nor should the absence of a listing be considered as proof that a game isn't coming to a given platform.

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MildMike
MildMike

I am truly beginning to regret buying the PS3 console, since March '07 I have not found ANY game worthy of the $1000.00 AU price. This delaying of anticipated titles is wearing a little thin, and I for one will certainly be taking it into consideration if there is ever a PS4.

olschooldu2
olschooldu2

Two delays for one game...I think it's more of a strategic move with all the other big name games coming out. Either that, or the devs havent caught up with the technology of these next-gen consoles.

splintert2
splintert2

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo mercs 1 is getting boring................ :( can't wait!!!! i hope its way better now....they have 5 freaking months to perfect...they should add some bonus content in a limited edition!!!!

RobertHGreene
RobertHGreene

does any one see the coincidence between when Mercs 2 was supposed to come out and the release date of EA's latest project, Army of Two. Mercenaries 2 was not subject to technical development issues, it was the victim of marketing tactics.

MontanaJefe
MontanaJefe

While I will be pissed if the delay is in fact true, as long as the finished product lives up to the expectations that we all have it will make it all worth it. Perfection takes time.

dutch777
dutch777

nae man, mercenaries 2 can not be pushed back again. that is just sick. by now you would expect all developers to be up to speed on what they can and can not do on the next gen consoles.

spartanlaser
spartanlaser

First the writers guild (no 24 aagh), then the U.S. market. Now this! Wow way to go game developers making us wait even more.

HALO_MENTALIST
HALO_MENTALIST

Im so pi@$ed about merc 2 being delayed again but if they are making the game better I dont care its just a few more months to wait

KyleGigg
KyleGigg

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22GHOST22
22GHOST22

A message to all the people complaining about mercs 2 being delayed "SHUT UP" OMG.I know that your mad about it being delayed,I am too,but you don't need to bi*ch about it so much.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

whyyy does it say !TBA 2009! for the release date now???

snaker49
snaker49

I swear to god and Mercenaries 2, if this game doesn't come out soon, i will go crazy!!!!! I've waited sooo long for this game to come out, I ready to give up on waiting!

Baseman28
Baseman28

Oh well. Time to wait...even more. A lot more. For almost all games this year. This sucks but not much. Could be worse. Could have been canceled.

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Im ready to give up, all they know how to do is hype, they have forgotten how to ship. Just goes to show devs dont know how to set release dates, they should just stop doing it. Oh and when a retailers date jumps up before they publsher says anything to the press, trust me, its been delayed. 100% of the time. Pandemic and EA may as well give up on Merc 2, its getting to the point where its looking like another DNF. Just a lot of hype and vaporware.

synvion
synvion

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victormgs777
victormgs777

they should release the ps 2 version a lot earlier, like this month

Dani391
Dani391

i wanted it for christmas but noooo delayed, i wanted it for my birthday (Feb 3rd) no delayed, i wanted it for march break , and now as i understand NOOOO DELAYED so i wanted it for summer so i can play a lot but NOOOOO END OF AUGUST so when i go back to school and have no time , thats when i'll have it. F**K you EA you F**K up game after game

ElMapoX55
ElMapoX55

dude i wanted to play that game so much i even have the first game`

bublinec
bublinec

Man this sucks this game looks sweet it would be a shame of mercenaries 2 was to join that delayed list

saigondude63
saigondude63

nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

dartheggs973
dartheggs973

its quite a big title itself, cant really see why it would want to delay anymore, deff not a half a year, and I REALLY want it...

mamang2
mamang2

avoiding direct competition with big name title?

Dani391
Dani391

I just died a little inside :'(

ClassicPlayer
ClassicPlayer

I personally don't like these games, but who cares if they get delayed? As long as they come out, and are actually worth playing, then everything should be happy.

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

if it is going to be delayed AGAIN im gonna cry

lamplan
lamplan

I weep this day. This game is on my radar, and I really want it. anguish.

cybolt
cybolt

I'm just waiting for a form of digitally distributed HD to become the standard. Then all this blu-ray / HD-DVD bickering can be put to rest.

secher_nbiw
secher_nbiw

yeah im pretty effn tired of hearing about bluray vs hddvd - is there a good reason we cant have both, and people can buy the version they prefer?? hasnt mercs 2 been in development for a while now?

PseudoFinrod
PseudoFinrod

Dammit, I REALLY want to play this game! It's in my personal top 5 of games to pick up this year... But if it makes the final product better, hey....

Tr3vz
Tr3vz

i really want mercs 2

NuZZ01
NuZZ01

BAH! What the hell am I going to play till mid year...

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

Ok for one I'm tired of hearing the crap about Blu-ray and Hd-dvd neither of them are that revelutionary. Yeah and that even means your oh so precious space that you have on the blu-ray discs that no company seems to use to the full potential anyway. Anyhow: Atleast this hasn't been delayed as long as duke nukem right? lol.

starwarsbeasts
starwarsbeasts

Gamer082009 Let's all fall back on ps3 because 360 fans know that their going to get rocked when everyone wants ps3 because of it's blu-ray capabilities and the plethora of great games coming out for it.

haesuse
haesuse

@gamer082009: you are a TOOL sir. that is one of the most ridicoulos statements ever made by anyone, even with your IQ, and you should be shot! on another note, if this is for some polish work kudos to them, but if it is another trashy EA marketing move...tsk tsk!

Gadeos
Gadeos

"and truly shines as the best next-gen, open-world experience on any gaming system to date."... Damn this is a huge statement, going right on GTAIV's jaw: this one fight worth watching. Also, I'm glad its delayed. That way I'll have plenty of time for GTA and when Merc2 comes, I won't regret setting it a bit (just a bit) aside

Marcos-Kruger
Marcos-Kruger

nooooooooo! Dammit in want this game now. come on i've been waiting for this game for so long.... first grand theft auto 4 and now Mercenaries 2.. damn!

gamer082009
gamer082009

Thank you PS3 again for once again screwing us 360 owners over. It's no way this game should be getting delayed again..it's not like it's a MGS4 type of game. I was very excited for this game but since it's been delayed so many times it's at the bottom of my list of anticipated games.

Kotor_Loser
Kotor_Loser

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scottiescott238
scottiescott238

an EA rep comes in to the shop once ever month or so and he came in today and told us it was put back about 4 months, so these rumours are true!

SpeedMan72
SpeedMan72

come on i want this game now!! not on my grandma birthday (8/25) come on!!!!!!

4themob1
4themob1

does anyone actually listen to gamestop employees as a final word on anything?!

monkeymano
monkeymano

I find this hard to believe, Since i Asked a Gamestop Employee if there was a set date for The release and he said it was In april (The exact date in april i cannot remember)

Sword-Hunter277
Sword-Hunter277

Mercenaries 2 =/= SSBB God says: "Where do you get off Pandemic? Where in the hell do you get off?"

mrkame16
mrkame16

Well i still have my Ps2, looks like ill have tp play it again for nostalgia, i can wait whats the Hurry....

Thomasdeleo
Thomasdeleo

There goes another good one wtf, get your f#$% sh!t together Pandemic.