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LucasArts parts ways with Mercenaries

Pandemic Studios announces new deal with EA for its explosive PS3 sequel

Pandemic Studios will be partnering with EA Games to publish PS3 action sequel Mercenaries 2: World in Flames.

It had previously been expected that Pandemic would partner with the first games publisher Lucasarts (or Activision in Europe) for the sequel, but obviously it looks like the Star Wars company has other plans.

"We're thrilled to partner with Pandemic Studios and to be working together to make Mercenaries 2: World in Flames a global blockbuster," said EA Partners VP and general manager, David DeMartini. "EA Partners is committed to providing the world's best development studios with access to EA's unrivalled global publishing resources, helping game makers reach the widest possible audience."

Andrew Goldman, Pandemic Studios CEO adds: "Mercenaries 2: World in Flames will set the bar for explosive, open world action games in the next generation, and everyone at Pandemic is excited that fans will be able to get their hands on it later this year."

There's no word on the heavily-rumoured Xbox 360 and PC versions yet, though there seems to be no mention of PS3 exclusivity in this announcement. We'll let you know if Mercenaries 2's new publisher pipes up with anything.

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