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.

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matt99
matt99
9 years ago

I'd love a Mercenaries 3, but this multiplayer focus is kinda disappointing…

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Hopefully with "multiplayer" they mean more than just the standard deathmatch/team deathmatch variations, cause *thats* getting very, very old now.

Merc2 had storyline coop play, if they improve on what they started there this could turn out to be interesting.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

While I think that mercs 3 could definitely benefit from frostbite 2.0 I don't think that taking it multiplayer is what it needed at all.

The sandbox style was great and it had it's own uniqueness in that setting, but it had several flaws that needed to be worked out.

Hopefully they work out the kinks, and just add multiplayer to a great 3rd installment. Let's not completely change it so that we lose what was good about it.

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

don't focus on the multiplayer to much. With the frostbite 2 engine this could be a very, very cool engine. all fingers crossed.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

I did enjoy some Mercs 2 co-op, but flat out mp? Come on, EA wouldn't do that to the Merc franchise would they?

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

I hope they're talking about coop and not competitive, otherwise they'll just be catering to masses and sucking the uniqueness out of the game.

Veritas Vincit
Veritas Vincit
9 years ago

I think this whole online thing is really starting to get on Ben's nerves ūüôā

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

OK, keep the Frostbite engine, but dare to stay different by giving us our wanted SP.

___________
___________
9 years ago

dont pandemic own the rights to this?
anyway, id love to see another mercenaries game and FB2 would be the perfect engine for it since its a heavily physics orientated game.
no one does physics engines better then DICE!
only if it has a sp campaign though, i really enjoyed mercenaries 2.
its exactly like just cause 2, f*cked up in every way but you just dont care because its so much fun!
one of the very few series where the ps3 iteration is better then the ps2 one.

Sakaxxxx
Sakaxxxx
9 years ago

I whould rather want them to make the game into an RPG