The Mercenaries games were always great fun; sorta like a less organized, more out-of-control version of Grand Theft Auto .
But since Mercenaries 2: World in Flames , which released back in 2008, we haven't heard anything about another installment. That's probably for two big reasons: firstly, this sequel wasn't received nearly as well by the critics and therefore didn't sell well, and secondly, developer Pandemic Studios is no more. However, it appears an overhauled Mercs will be headed our way: according to the latest issue of the Official PlayStation Magazine UK, EA is currently cranking on Mercenaries 3 :
"EA is making a new, multiplayer-focussed third-person shooter using the Frostbite engine. Smart money says Mercenaries 3."
Well, of course it's multiplayer; the entire planet only wants multiplayer now, right?! …anyway. It'd be interesting to learn that EA planned to use DICE's Frostbite 2.0 engine; Black Box is using it for Need for Speed: The Run , and it appears to be a versatile and extremely effective engine.
I always liked the highly destructible environments and madcap missions in Mercs, but I do admit the sequel was seriously lacking in a number of different areas. Maybe it really does need a revamping in order to succeed.