Pandemic News


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,...


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

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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...


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

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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 "


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

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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


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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,...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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