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EA Confirms Thrid Mercs In The Works

This probably won't fall into the "shocker" category, but it's great news for fans of the go-anywhere, blow-crap-up franchise that's zanier than GTA and in some ways, even more brutal than Saints Row.

According to GameSpot, EA has confirmed they plan to make a third Mercenaries title, which follows close on the heels of announcements for Dead Space, Battlefield: Bad Company and Army of Two sequels. During a conference call this past week, EA CEO John Riccitiello revealed that Mercenaries 3 is also in the works at Pandemic Studios, but that's not all. He says that if he gets his way, this franchise will never die: "There will be a Mercenaries 3 and, if I have anything to do with it, there will be a Mercenaries 10," he said. Despite the fact that Mercenaries 2: World in Flames fell short of expectations - and we weren't the only critics to say so - the game still sold very well. As of September 30, EA had sold about 1.9 million copies worldwide, which matches Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 and isn't far off from Spore's international sales total.

So of course there's going to be another Mercs. And although EA's Q2 financial reports came with a "cost reduction plan" that resulted in 600 layoffs, the company continues to look forward and plan for the future. It's what big corporations do.

11/1/2008 John Shepard

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Comments (16 posts)

djjake
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 11:23:14 AM
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well if they just patched mercs 2 and made that worth while

no way would i get mercs 3 with out mercs 2 being any gd

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Buckeyestar
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 11:47:55 AM

I think Mercs 2 is great, tons of fun to be had there.

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PilarVIRUS
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 10:28:47 PM

Yeah i really think that they should do that

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John Shoemaker
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 12:09:45 PM
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They need to do better on Mercs 3 then they did with 2. Mercs 2 was a good game. Blow up anything and everything. But the story sucked, graphics weren't good, and it was totally glitchy.
If they fix these things. Make it bigger and allow you to carry over your weapons after completing the game, then they might have a winner.

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LightShow
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 12:18:50 PM
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the only thing mercs 2 didn't have was Polish. If ea decides to let Pandemic have some more time with Mercs 3 than mercs 2, it could come out a stellar game.

either way, i've learned my lesson. Rent it first.

on the brighter side, BF:BC2!!! W00t!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 12:36:49 PM
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Holy glitchfest Batman, people will be reticent to get part 3 after that last debacle.

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Joe_III
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 1:30:29 PM
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The only thing I've liked about Merc2 so far are:
1. The TV Spot. L-O-V-E it.
2. I heard they made Obama and Palin playable...Hilarious.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 7:22:25 PM

That commercial was pimp.

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LightShow
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 4:37:50 PM
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NO WAY!

imma have to check that out

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Alienange
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 5:44:00 PM
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The demo scared me off. Won't be buying Merc2.

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shaydey77
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 7:06:34 PM
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Mercs 2 was way better than GTA4 imo.Ill definitely be getting the third one.

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Zorigo
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 7:37:46 PM
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played 30 seconds of the demo, and instantly didn't like it, but ill try again

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King James
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 7:54:00 PM
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I'm glad I wasn't the only one who found the demo lackluster. Mercs: 3 better bring it if Pandemic wants my $60.

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Zorigo
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 6:21:33 AM
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I just didn't like the controls.
Anywho, Army of two and BF:BC sequels, i loved both those games (especially army of two. me and my cousin had ages of fun playing that together, and as or battlefield bad company 2, well, the first one wasn't major hit with my friends, even though they preordered and got it, i hope the second one is good, i really liked the first one.)

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Daedusian
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 12:18:41 PM
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Well 3 should be good seeing that 2 was a disaster, in the bugging department anyways. In other words, they should learn from their mistakes and make an even better and more complete game. Looking forward to it!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 7:23:29 PM
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How about some higher production values on this one?

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