Saboteur laying charges Dec. 8

Pandemic Studios' open-world action adventure set in Nazi-occupied Paris sets sights on Xbox 360, PS3, PC later this year.

EA's Pandemic Studios has been on a tepid run of late, having disappointed critics first with Mercenaries 2: World in Flames in August 2008 and then again with Lord of the Rings: Conquest early this year. With its latest effort, The Saboteur, being a centerpiece to EA's 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference last month, Pandemic Studios will soon have a chance to end its cold streak.

The Saboteur seeing red.

Today, EA and Pandemic announced that The Saboteur will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on December 8. Having been announced in March 2007, The Saboteur's final deadline marks the end of a protracted development cycle that saw EA purchase Pandemic, along with fellow VG Holding Corp. partner BioWare, for $860 million.

The Saboteur brings a stylish twist to the all-too-familiar World War II genre. Instead of the traditional linear structure of most WWII shooters, The Saboteur is an open-world action adventure game a la Mercenaries. Taking the role of Irish-racecar-driver-turned-resistance-fighter Sean Devlin, players are encouraged to wreak covert havoc upon the Third Reich in Nazi-occupied France.

For more on the stylish game, check out GameSpot's in-depth preview of The Saboteur from just before this year's E3.

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49 comments
boyd803
boyd803

pandemics' games are disappointed lately, first Mercenaries 2 then lord of rings early this year, hope this game can stop the streaks

pakhair
pakhair

I'm looking forward to it....

Ewangotkool
Ewangotkool

looks cool, a mix of GTA like style in world war 2.

lordrikardo
lordrikardo

At least its not another repetitive WWII shooter, looks like the last WWII game Im buying, it looks good enough to have fun, not the best game around but fun.

wahyudil
wahyudil

I always imagined this kind of game ... GTA of third reich ... I can't wait to play this game ...

Pete5506
Pete5506

The game looks some what good, I can wait to see more on it

ibanezdropd
ibanezdropd

my only hesitation is that I don't like how Mercs 2 controlled.... I would imagine that this would be similar...

handsomeboy1996
handsomeboy1996

i don't have much confidence about this game. pandemic games is disappointing me lately.

BenBenBen93
BenBenBen93

looks good. but gameplay looks very poor. going up those step had clipping issues, he bumped into the back of the soldier and nothing happened (thats bad because it last gen) the driving is looked very unrealistic. this game should definitaly look at GTA 4s physics engine to help them out. for the next game they bring out.

deadcowboy6
deadcowboy6

The game is looking great and erupting with style...and i actually kinda liked mercs. 2, it was fun once you got past the obvious flaws

viewtiful_jay
viewtiful_jay

I hope this game ends up being good. I've got such high hopes for it, it's nice to see a game set during WWII that isn't a first person shooter, or even focusing that much on combat. Of course, I had hopes for Velvet Assassin, and we see how that turned out...

dukerav
dukerav

Please Please dont let this game be a letdown like Mercs 2 was.

gijas
gijas

I played Mercenaries 2 and it's not that bad game really though a little linear for my tastes as when you piss off one faction their missions are locked out for good with no way to regain trust. That means you have to replay the enitre story over just to play them. Hopefully Pandemic does not design The Saboteur with this in mind.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

This game looks like a game you would see mid-summer release or something, not attempting to fill a fall / christmas release. I think it will be swallowed up by the competition... too bad really it seems to have an interesting premise... sorta stealthy / actiony WWII game. Beats the WW2 FPS crap we have been bombarded with.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I don't really know what to think about this one. I thought Mercenaries was OK, but I think I'll wait to see what other game sites grade it. I'll have to check multiple sites, mainly because Gamespot is really critical of most games that I find pretty fun, so unless it's Halo or GTA, it isnt going to get a decent review on this site.

shadowkiller11
shadowkiller11

dissapointed critics? sure basically gamespot who moaned at mercs 2 majority of reviews were 7s and 8s. this should be quite good.

micmill
micmill

Looking forward to this one... love the art style. The gameplay looks like Assassins Creed, GTA and Red Faction Guerilla elements are rolled into one. Yes please!

lamprey263
lamprey263

better not suck like Sabotage (aka "Velvet Assassin")

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Wasnt really impressed with the in game video, seemed to runnie-gunnie for me, much rather prefer SC: Conviction (personally).

skinny_man_69
skinny_man_69

Yeah well Mercenaries 2 looked amazing too...I will wait until its release before I start to get excited

mach-stem
mach-stem

rht992: i thought the same thing!

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

nice looking, good i cant wait...may be day 1 buy for me....or just wait for reviews and hurry to put it on my christmas list even though im 18, yeah that'll work...i have hope in this game...

rht992
rht992

The other guard didn't notice the body?

CoolKidX
CoolKidX

Looks good, sounds good, I just wait for the critics, I do hope it will egt better reviews.

fudgeman7
fudgeman7

I like the art style.. I might get this. Lets just hope it doesn't flop like the rest of the games recently.

shawn7324
shawn7324

I didn't expect this game in 09, good news & hopefully a solid late year pick up.

jokers_anarchy
jokers_anarchy

ive been looking forward to this game hopefully it will deliver

Warnerator
Warnerator

If all of you are hating on this game because of the video that you just saw then that's just sad, a lot of people don't even give a game a chance, they start calling it bad before it even has a chance to make it to stores.

-Pred-Alien-
-Pred-Alien-

Once upon a time i used to look forward to Pandemic games...

Halcalix
Halcalix

It looks kind of.... different... Different in a bad way:|

robfield
robfield

December 8? Oh yeah, this game is pre-set to fail. EA is probably regretting that Pandemic purchase right now, even more than Microsoft with Rare. Luckily the Bioware part more than makes up for it.

Gadeos
Gadeos

....... man, not even a rental. They totally screwed up with mercs2 and I was one of those unfortunates that bought it.

solidstein
solidstein

looks like a good rental right now until i find out more

sun_rider95
sun_rider95

i'LL WAIT FOR A REVIEW BECAUSE ITS KIND OF ODD

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

Looks okay, the picture kind of looks like the Schindlers List movie.

metalkid9
metalkid9

this is looking up to be like mercenaries 2. If they don't make it better I'm not gonna bother playing it.

NuKkU
NuKkU

this game looks very unique but for some reason i have a very bad feeling about it

tomo90
tomo90

Looks pretty good.

Merex760
Merex760

This can be good. A very fresh and unique take on an overdone setting. I'm looking forward to this.

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

Sweet :D, looking forward to that date

cid_007
cid_007

Looks like James Bond meets WWII.

Unlimitedbigdad
Unlimitedbigdad

Not a good studio. I mean Mercenaries 2. But This game looks awesome.

pogswarts
pogswarts

I'm looking forward to it even though it isn't going to be historically accurate to what WWII Saboteurs would do (like running into a place guns blazing).

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Hope it won't be as buggy as their latest games.

THORINATOR
THORINATOR

from what i've seen so far it looks like it has alot of potential...one to watch for sure!

MrPush
MrPush

I hope this turns out good..I like the animations

Hades23
Hades23

It can be a great game!