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Why Ensemble and Pandemic Closed

By Chris Faylor, Mar 15, 2010 10:20am PDT

With both Ensemble Studios (Age of Empires, Halo Wars) and Pandemic Studios (Mercenaries, The Saboteur) having shut down across the past year,...

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"I'm the one who jumped in with insults? Sounds to me like you're being really bitter and ..."

- dpgagnon see all 65 comments

Mercenaries Inc. Announced, Not Cancelled

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 24, 2009 12:26pm PST

Pandemic Studios has formally announced Mercenaries Inc., an "all-new" entry in the explosive Mercenaries shooter series--whose existence was...

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"Merc 2 was a bloated and buggy mess. I hope that this new installment is as good as the ..."

- TwwIX see all 18 comments

Cancelled Pandemic Title 'Mercenaries Inc.' Revealed? [Update: Not Cancelled, Now Announced]

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 24, 2009 7:07am PST

Update: Surely in response to the revelation, Pandemic has announced that Mercenaries Inc. is under development by the remaining "core team" at EALA. The downsized and "

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"I never really cared for Mercenaries. While I am sad that Pandemic is no more, I am not upset ..."

- BCFire see all 13 comments

Pandemic Veterans Say Goodbye with Not-Work-Safe 'Office Space' Tribute

By Chris Faylor, Nov 23, 2009 1:21pm PST

With The Saboteur developer Pandemic having laid off a majority of its staff and relocated a "core team" to Electronic Arts' Los Angeles c

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"Even if it wasn't the best re-creation of the original, it was still a cool idea. I mean the ..."

- f1kt1t1ous see all 37 comments

EA: Pandemic Not Closing, But Consolidating

By Chris Faylor, Nov 17, 2009 12:14pm PST

Despite the shuttering of its current Los Angeles-based office and a significant reduction in its workforce, Mercenaries and The Saboteur series...

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"In other words, Saboteur is not out yet, we need people around who worked on the game to work on ..."

- psych0fred see all 28 comments

Rumor: Mercenaries and The Saboteur Developer Pandemic Closing (Updated)

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 17, 2009 11:23am PST

Update 2: Studio owner Electronic Arts has chimed in, explaining that "a core team of Pandemic developers will move to EALA" and continue the...

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"You are mistaken. I can't name anyone that I know that has gotten royalties as part of a ..."

- Fred Garvin see all 64 comments

Screenshots of EA's Cancelled Batman Game?

By Chris Faylor, Jan 28, 2009 10:35am PST

Supposed screenshots of Pandemic Brisbane's cancelled Batman game have emerged from the portfolio of artist Michael Pryor, as noticed by Kotaku...

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"I don't know; I guess you all have good points. It seems expansive, and I guess this was the ..."

- lookitzpancakes see all 12 comments

Rumor: EA Axes Pandemic Brisbane (Updated)

By Chris Faylor, Jan 14, 2009 8:53am PST

Update: There have been some layoffs at Pandemic Brisbane, as programmer Tony Albrecht's blog confirms that he was "made redundant." In the...

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"Yeah, if I were EA I would be regretting that purchase. I know BioWare also makes games with ..."

- kevlarcardhouse see all 14 comments

Pandemic's Lord of the Rings Game Revealed

By Maarten Goldstein, May 08, 2008 3:22am PDT

Update: Developer Pandemic sent over a few screenshots of the game, and revealed that, in addition to PC, PS3, and X360, LOTR: Conquest will be...

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"Multiplayer better have assault mode with lots and lots of bots, or support for tons of players. ..."

- shredomatic see all 8 comments

EA Planning Sequels for Need for Speed, Burnout, Skate, Rock Band; Talks Spore Expansion Plans

By Chris Faylor, Feb 12, 2008 7:37pm PST

Electronic Arts is unsurprisingly planning future iterations for many of the hit franchises it publishes, including EA Black Box's Need for Speed,...

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"Hehe true, they just had all the other EA analyst stuff so I thought maybe they hadn't noticed ..."

- mikey3k see all 24 comments

Pandemic Working on New Lord of the Rings Game; EA Plotting SimAnimals

By Chris Faylor, Feb 12, 2008 6:23pm PST

Mega-publisher Electronic Arts is expanding its Sim brand with SimAnimals, and Mercenaries 2 developer Pandemic Studios, which was recently...

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"Next to Bioware it says KOTOR and New MMO. So is the mmo not related to Star Wars then? Is KOTOR ..."

- engelak see all 11 comments

EA: PS3 Dev Difficulties Still Impacting Release Dates

By Chris Remo and Nick Breckon, Jan 31, 2008 3:25pm PST

In today's press and analyst financial conference call, Electronic Arts executives weighed in on the matter of PlayStation 3's development...

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"then spend money on marketing twice, yeah that makes great business sense. Cause, they are a ..."

- mikey3k see all 60 comments

Mercenaries 2 Officially Delayed Again

By Chris Faylor, Jan 31, 2008 1:19pm PST

Pandemic Studios' Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (PC, PS2, PS3, X360) has been pushed back yet again, with the destruction filled open-world game...

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"Its an ambitious game on a LOT of platforms. I am really surprised they have not simply shipped ..."

- byorn see all 13 comments

Rumor: Mercenaries 2 Delayed Until Summer

By Chris Faylor, Jan 24, 2008 9:26am PST

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

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"I saw the pic of Bono as I was scrolling down and the South Park biggest crap episode sprung ..."

- bored see all 16 comments

EA Completes Acquisition of BioWare, Pandemic

By Chris Faylor, Jan 07, 2008 11:10am PST

Electronic Arts has completed its $860 million acquisition of VG Holding Corp., owner of renowned development studios BioWare Corp. and Pandemic...

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"kotor mmo is probably the only thing that's going to keep them around i hope mass effect 2 is ..."

- dantastic see all 20 comments