Studio readying sequel to the popular free-roaming military action game; no specific platforms, publisher announced.
Over the weekend, Pandemic Studios quietly began dropping hints on its official Web site as to the subject of one of the four unnamed games it currently has in development. The title in question, code-named "Project Q," suddenly got a subsite with a photo gallery of various military scenes with semi-ironic captions. One showed a rocket-propelled grenade with the subtitle "centerfold," another showed a V-22 Osprey airlifting a Humvee over the word "valet," and another of a F-117 Stealth fighter dropping a JDAM-guided bomb above the caption "candygram."
Many took the photos as not-so-subtle hints that Pandemic was readying a sequel to its darkly humorous free-roaming military actioner, Mercenaries. Sure enough, today the company announced that it is indeed readying a second entry in the series. Titled Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, the game will be on display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo next week.
Pandemic gave a brief, vague description of Mercenaries 2 in its announcement. According to the developer, the game will offer "a whole new 'playground of destruction' from the ground up, fully stocked with the hottest vehicles and weapons. Set in a new and exotic hotspot, you can be your own boss in a wide-open world where there's only one rule: everybody pays."
While no specific platforms were announced for Mercenaries 2, Pandemic made much of the fact it is coming to next-gen consoles. "We're building on the core mercenary experience we created for the original," Pandemic CEO Andrew Goldman said in a statement, "[but] we've taken full advantage of next-gen technology to offer a more richly detailed, reactive, living world." The original Mercenaries was released for the Xbox and PlayStation 2, making the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 the leading candidates for the sequel's platforms.
Besides not mentioning specific platforms, Pandemic also did not name a publisher or set a release date for Mercenaries 2. However, that could very well change next week. "Pandemic is keeping the full story under wraps until E3," read the developer's statement. The original Mercenaries was published by LucasArts in January 2005.
Im so glad they are doing this ive been waiting for ages for a sequal but hopefully they will have it still on PS2.
Kickass, a new Mercenaries. The first game was amazing and downright fun, I can't wait to see how they top it this time. Hopefully we'll have nukes and a bigger world to run around in.
It could be in Cuba because that place has a Dictatorship. And plus, Cuba is pretty exotic right? The thing they must do in this one is add multi-player play, and make it so your buddies you pick up can drive and follow you.
The next one should also be big enough to have MOAB's (Massive ordinance Air blast) you know like the U.S.A.F has in real life.
I was a massive fan of the first one, so the news of a sequel is huge to me. Hopefully they'll release it on the original xbox, or even PC (that'd be great!), but if it's only out on the 360 and PS3, i might have found a reason to finally get a 360
the first game was awesome but was lacking graphics so hopefully this game will be just as fun with plenty of new features
Mercenaries 2 should be released on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Xbox, and Playstation 2 for those who do not have a PS3 or Xbox 360 yet.
Anything you have heard about what system its in development for is entirely unfounded. The company (pandemic) has not specified, and furthermore, its highly doubtful that it will only be released to PS3. Mercenaries 2 has too much potential for them to limit it to only one system. I also looked for the recent comments on anything regarding "project Q" and PS3 and found nothing. How cool would a "custom mercenary creator" be?
They better release it on the orginal Xbox, I hope they include multiplayer too, that would be awesome, Imagine this: both of you are in helicopters, with cars dangling down, CONKERS. Also, I hope you can get in the drivers seat and you can tell and ally to drive you somewhere.
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