Mercenaries 2: World in Flames

PC, PS3, XB360, PS2 / Action / Release: Sep 3, 2008 / ESRB: T

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New Mercenaries 2 Trailer Has Australian Accent

From publisher Electronic Arts comes another trailer for Pandemic's open world action shooter Mercenaries 2: World in Flames.

Mercenaries 2 is due for release on August 31 for PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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Mercenaries 2 Trailer Eats Helicopters for Breakfast

Publisher EA has passed in a new trailer from Pandemic's open world action sequel Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, offering three different approaches to one of its missions.

In development for PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Mercenaries 2 is slated to hit retail shelves August 31.

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Explosions Featured In Mercenaries 2 Screenshots

A new batch of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames screenshots is now available. Among other things, the new grabs from Pandemic's open world action game sequel show explosions, helicopter stunts and grand theft tank.

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames will be released this August for PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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Mercenaries 2 Trailer Confirms August 31 Release

Publisher Electronic Arts has released a new trailer for Pandemic's open-world destruct-a-thon Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (PC, PS2, PS2, X360), confirming the August 31 release date and offering a glimpse at the events that lead up to the sequel.

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"Well done trailer. Pretty entertaining. But still doesnt seem that impressive of a game. Was the ..."
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Mercenaries 2 Arrives August 31

Pandemic Studios' open-world shooter Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (PC, PS2, PS3, X360) is now slated for an August 31 release, IGN reports.

The development of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames has been mired in delays, with the game originally scheduled for a holiday 2007 release window and later bumped to "early 2008". Earlier this year, publisher Electronic Arts announced that the game would be further delayed to its 2009 fiscal year.

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Mercenaries 2 Officially Delayed Again

Pandemic Studios' Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (PC, PS2, PS3, X360) has been pushed back yet again, with the destruction filled open-world game now set to release in publisher Electronic Arts' next fiscal year.

EA's 2009 fiscal year runs from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009; that broad release time frame was not narrowed down, but the game is likely to ship this year.

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Jungles And Oilrigs In Mercenaries 2 Screenshots

The release date of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (PC, PS2, PS3, X360) remains in limbo, but here are a couple of new screenshots showing off the open-world action game sequel.

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Rumor: Mercenaries 2 Delayed Until Summer

Updated retailer listings for Pandemic Studios' Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (PC, PS2, PS3, X360) suggest the destruction filled open-world game may have been delayed yet again.

Both GameStop and Amazon.com now list the game as releasing on August 25, a substantial push from the previous target of Q1 2008. While retailers are notorious for using placeholder dates, it is extremely unlikely that two separate retailers would shift to the same date without outside word. Read more »

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Mercenaries 2 Protestors Claim Success Despite No Bono Response, Pandemic Denies Changes (Updated)

Update: Pandemic has apparently denied any allegations that it changed aspects of Mercenaries 2 due to pressure from the Bono-obsessed Venezuela Solidarity Network. "Pandemic Studios never has and never will be intimidated by tyrants," Pandemic president Josh Resnick told Shacknews. "Our invasion is on schedule: Mercenaries 2 will be released in early 2008." Original Story: Remember the Venezuela Solidarity Network? The group that petitioned U2 frontman Bono (pictured above) to stop the development of Pandemic Studios' Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (PC, PS3, PS3, X360)? Well, they never heard back from Bono, but with the game delayed until next year and some controversial elements seemingly addressed, they're still considering the campaign a minor success. "Bono never responded directly," campaign activist Marie Davis admitted to venezuelanalysis, "but apparently our point hit home that financing a violent video game that targets a government already targeted by the Bush administration is counter to the reputation as a humanitarian that he has earned with his work on AIDS in Africa and debt relief. Pandemics[sic] began to change the story line soon after our letter was delivered." The VSN's main point of contention was the game's apparent mirroring of real-life tensions between the United States and Venezuela. With the title set in a realistic virtual recreation of Venezuela, the group feared its gratuitous violence would provoke hostile tensions towards the country. Now that Pandemic has offered more on the game's main antagonist--a "power-hungry tyrant" who meddles with the Venezuelan oil supply and causes the country to be invaded by China before backstabbing the Mercenaries crew--the VSN claims its letter to Bono resulted in a villain that bears less of a resemblance to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. "It still isn't perfect," explained VSN compaign coordinator Gunnar Gundersen. "I wouldn't want my sons to buy it and blow up neighborhoods that we can clearly recognize where their cousins, aunts and uncles live." "Our setting provides gamers with the overall look and feel of Venezuela, although it is not an accurate street by street depiction and the characters as well as the storyline are completely made up," Pandemic co-founder Josh Resnick said in response to an earlier protest. "The characters are categorically not based on any real political figures in Venezuela or elsewhere." "This isn't a victory because Bono and Pandemics[sic] are still telling kids it's okay to attack my home country," elaborated VSN member Jorge Marin, "but it is progress and it wouldnÂ’t have happened without public pressure." Shacknews has contacted Pandemic Studios to collaborate the VSN's claims that story elements were changed in response to their outcry.

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"How can Bono stand idly by while these people are tragically offended? Where is his compassion?"
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Mercenaries 2 Officially Delayed

Pandemic Studios has confirmed the rumored delay of its open-ended soldier for hire life simulator Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (PC, PS2, PS3, X360). "The easy answer is that we wanted to time it more closely to the movie," Pandemic co-founder and president Josh Resnick told IGN. "But then we realized that we don't have a movie, so we just said, 'Aww hell, let's just make the game better.'" Previously scheduled for a holiday 2007 release, Mercenaries 2 is now expected in Q1 2008.

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EA, Pandemic Address Mercenaries 2 Delay Rumors

Shacknews has spoken with EA and Pandemic reps concerning a rumored delay in Pandemic's Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (PC, PS2, PS3, X360). European gaming site TVG reported an EA UK representative confirming a delay into 2008 for the previously announced holiday 2007 title. An EA rep told Shacknews that as of today, the title is still slated for a holiday 2007 release. A Pandemic rep gave a more ambiguous answer, saying the company has "made no announcements on a final release date for Mercenaries 2: World in Flames." Though frequently listing unconfirmed and predicted release dates, games retail giant GameStop lists Mercenaries 2: World in Flames as having an April 1, 2008 release for all platforms.

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Mercenaries 2 Q&A

A Mercenaries 2: World in Flames Q&A can be found at play.tm. Lead designer Scott Warner is asked about the addition of swimming, coop support, platform differences and the Venezuela setting.

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Mercenaries 2: World in Flames Q&A

Over at Computer & Video Games you can find a Mercenaries 2: World in Flames Q&A. Pandemic producer Jonathan Zamkoff is asked about co-op and other multiplayer support, game characters, PS2 support and working with EA.

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Mercenaries 2: World in Flames Preview

IGN's UK division has posted a new Mercenaries 2: World in Flames preview, taking in a demonstration of the game at E3. You can find our impressions of the game here.

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Mercenaries 2: World in Flames Preview

There's a Mercenaries 2: World in Flames preview on GameSpot, taking in Pandemic's open-world action game at E3.

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