Saboteur release date sabotaged

EA and Pandemic's freedom-fighter action-adventure pushed out of current fiscal year, now expected between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010.

As part of its earnings report yesterday, EA delivered an impressive list of second-quarter releases that cleared the million-unit mark by varying degrees. Notably, Madden NFL 09 led sales with 4.5 million units, with fellow new releases Spore, Tiger Woods 09, FIFA 09, NCAA Football 09, Warhammer Online, Mercenaries 2, and the Rock Band/Rock Band 2 duo all attaining platinum or multiplatinum status this fiscal year.

One game that won't join that list is Pandemic's Saboteur. In justifying to investors why it had lowered its expected earnings per share by $0.30 yesterday, EA said that Pandemic's viva-la-resistance action-adventure had been pushed to the publisher's fiscal year 2010, which runs from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010.

No reason was given for why Saboteur was pushed beyond its previously announced Q1 2009 calendar-year launch window. However, Pandemic has been a busy hive lately, releasing the tepidly received Mercenaries 2: World in Flames on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 3, and PC. The LA-based studio also announced yesterday that it would be delivering Lord of the Rings: Conquest to the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Nintendo DS on January 13.

For more on Saboteur, check out GameSpot's previous looks at the game.

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allotheabove123
allotheabove123

After saboteur make a star wars battlefront 3. Come on that game would not suck. YOU WOULD MAKE SO MUCH MONEY

chickenfeed9
chickenfeed9

@kenshinhimura10 "wasnt this game supposed to be exclusive to 360? I read that on SW some days ago, lemmings were claiming ownage or something like that, not that I care about the game, looked bad in concept imo, kind of wanting to cash in after MGS IV success." I read this was going to be a ps3 exclusive. Really i dont think it matters, as long as it performs well on both systems.

kenshinhimura10
kenshinhimura10

wasnt this game supposed to be exclusive to 360? I read that on SW some days ago, lemmings were claiming ownage or something like that, not that I care about the game, looked bad in concept imo, kind of wanting to cash in after MGS IV success.

Paladin_King
Paladin_King

lol, "tepidly received." Only by you GS. Otherwise the game is in the 70s, which is alright. Besides, it sold truckloads. honestly, i'm not at all surprised by this long delay. Firstly, it's Pandemic. Secondly, it's Pandemic after having already released a heavily delayed game this year. The initial Saboteur release date was probably based on the assumption that Mercs 2 would get out in a timely fashion...which it didn't.

tig1979
tig1979

Back to the speccy emulator for some Saboteur gaming!

Krazy-K
Krazy-K

Dude! I'm really finding it hard to stay interested in this game. I really have/had high hopes for this game.

Vash67
Vash67

"Mercenaries 2: World in Flames on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 3, and PC." GameSpot, you guys need to proofread your articles first. Also... this sucks. I was looking forward to Saboteur, even though i don't have a 360.

hashmanalum
hashmanalum

Well if Pandemic keep making games with poor quality like Mercs 2 this project might never come back...

Elvis4576
Elvis4576

all i can say is it better be worth it

theusedversion
theusedversion

This is one of the titles I have been most looking forward to since it was announced. Please don't cancel. I really want this game. For the people who have no clue what this game is check out the trailer. Looks very promising.

BrokenPezHead
BrokenPezHead

I hope people don't forget about this game before it comes out.

mitu123
mitu123

I'm with Theempire30, Star Wars Battlefront 3 would be great though.

tudyniuz
tudyniuz

I really want this game:D

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

When they finally announce they are doing SW Battlefront 3, people will stop doubting them. It's already rumored to include a Death Star mission, from space fighting to fighting on foot inside it... it's only a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt... still hope it's true though.

Rockclmbr6
Rockclmbr6

I actually thought this looked really cool. Hopefully they pull it off well and its released and not just forgotten about and canceled.

GranmastaZoSo
GranmastaZoSo

SW Battlefront 3 pandemic!!!!! how many failures before you make it?

gamer082009
gamer082009

OK, don't know what game this is so....I don't care!

twitchy145
twitchy145

The title of this article was misleading. I assumed they meant it got canceled.

LastPRmarine
LastPRmarine

Pandemic is pissing me off they won't make a battlefront3 but make a knock off for Lord of Rings. They made a crappy shadow of Mercenaries AKA Mercenaries 2 AND now BioWare makes KOTOR MMO I believe the future isn't great fot Pandemic-BioWare thanks EA you jerks

kinzuagolfer
kinzuagolfer

Well they have a huge window. Lets see if they can hit it. Dec 09 is my bet.

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Saboteur had generated a lot of interest among gamers and I hope that it makes it. Just do it right and avoid the mistakes of Golden Axe.

tudyniuz
tudyniuz

I was really looking forward to this game

leke
leke

They will keep pushing it back and the it'll end up pulling a Merc 2.

Krusnikzero2
Krusnikzero2

Lame, I was really looking forward to this

capedbear
capedbear

Oh crap ! I'm Michelle from ze French resistance, listen very carefully I shall say zis only once !

the_greenzero
the_greenzero

Oh well, plenty of other games out there so I won't complain.

james007_14
james007_14

I am just glad it wasn't canceled. This gives me more time to buy some of the games I don't have yet.

swyg
swyg

The title of this article makes me think of The Office lol.

AdemaSlipknot
AdemaSlipknot

I'm just happy to see it wasn't canceled. The game sounds interesting.

shufflezoom
shufflezoom

this is okay news. Pandemic have really showing us some great stuff for the future like lor conquest and saboteur. They would like to polish it up because of mercs 2 which wasnt excellent but wasnt great either so yea i guess i can wait

tevic
tevic

@ lamprey263: Saboteur is an open-world game, I don't think Velvet assassin is one.

lamprey263
lamprey263

well, they should try to make sure they don't release around the same time as Velvet Assassin (previously titled "Sabotage"), as they both basically look like the same exact WW2 Splinter Cell like stealth game... and I'm surprised one of these companies hasn't come out to claim the other one stole their idea

DarxPhil
DarxPhil

Mercs 2 sucked so much @ss. This is very disappointing, but lets hope they are using the extra time to make it good.

hopeless_gamer
hopeless_gamer

after pandemic released Mercs 2 as buggy and broken as they did, I just hope they are taking the extra time to not screw us out of our money by releasing ANOTHER near-unplayable game.

zeroking420_666
zeroking420_666

o man I was looking foward to playing Saboteur next year o well than.. leave it to Ea/Pandemic to screw up.

faceman420
faceman420

ahh sabateur was lookin pretty interesting too. well it'll be worth it when they polish it up more

Carbon_
Carbon_

Pandemic lost me with mercs 2, that game sucked.

Dilan120
Dilan120

I can wait, There are alot of games coming

OorahDevil
OorahDevil

I like Pandemic but they are taking a bit too long on their games. Look at Mercs 2. It was announced a few months after the first one back in 2004! And when it finally came out look how it was. Was kinda looking forward to LOTR Conquest too but once again they missed that release date.

Civfan333
Civfan333

damn, I really thought this game would be awesome, but I'm quickly losing interest now....