Fans of the Mercenaries and Star Wars: Battlefront series have probably kept a close eye on the news as of late after recent events. A few days ago, Electronic Arts revealed that 1,500 jobs were terminated within the company, causing a complete shutdown of Mercenaries developer Pandemic Studios, laying off 228 employees.
The developer wasn't completely dead however, with the remaining 25 Pandemic employees being assimilated into the EA Collective. The small developer remnant would thus continue work on The Saboteur and an unannounced project now revealed today: Mercs Inc. According to Pandemic, this will be a multiplayer sandbox game based on the Mercenaries franchise.
“We are very excited to announce a new installment in the popular Mercenaries series because it demonstrates our continued commitment to Pandemic’s rich catalogue of intellectual properties,” said Nick Earl, Senior VP and Group General Manager at EA. “From the studio at EALA, a core creative team is forging new ground and conceptualizing new ideas for this exciting franchise.”
Currently the Pandemic remnants are finishing up with its other action-sandbox game, The Saboteur, set to hit the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on December 8. For now, Pandemic is not releasing platform(s) and ship date information for Mercs Inc. In the meantime though, check out this "pitch demo" sporting plenty of multiplayer sandbox action that only the Mercenaries franchise can provide.
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