The Saboteur
Pandemic Studios To Close Its Doors, Brands Will Live On Though
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More industry news now, and on a total tangent to the news I just reported a matter of minutes ago.

Kotaku is reporting today that Nick Earl, EA Games Label Senior Vice President, confirmed that the renonwed developer, Pandemic Studios, was to close its doors.

The closure is said to have cost around 200 people their jobs, including three of the company's veterans; Andrew Goldman, Josh Resnick and Greg Borrud, who all held top jobs at the firm.

Earl was quick to play down the concerns stating that a "core IP team" had shifted over to their EA Los Angeles office and that the Pandemic brands would continue to exist.

"I want to make it clear that the Pandemic brand and franchises will live on... In the months ahead, we will announce plans for new games based on Pandemic franchises," said Earl in a memo.

I suppose it's a nice thank you to the development team though. Thanks for finishing The Saboteur... now fuck off. Obviously, it's nothing like that (we hope), but that's how it seems. Could they not have waited a few weeks until the game shipped? Is that too much to ask?

Let's hope they bow out on a high. I'll raise a glass tonight for our fallen comrades and wish them a quick return to work and towards greener pastures.


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Comment #2 by l.maciver
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 06:42:09 PM
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sad news, shows no faith of success

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Comment #3 by oOoOMidoriOoOo
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 06:47:57 PM
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That is pretty rubbish...couldn't even wait until their last game was released. Hope those guys have someplace to go.

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Comment #4 by ovoon7
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 06:48:25 PM
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#1... its actually todays news so STFU and GTFO and go buy horse armor DLC

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Comment #5 by Damascus THQ
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 06:48:54 PM
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Sad nws indeed. I was a big fan of Pandemic

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Comment #6 by ovoon7
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 06:49:42 PM
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Dang... i loved pandemic, although LOTR conquest and mercs 2 sucked... I still loved them.

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Comment #7 by Th33Troop33r
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 06:50:28 PM
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Comment #8 by plebster
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 06:51:41 PM
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Oh man that is rather sad.
Not that Pandemic Studios is closing, theirs plenty of developers left in the sea, but that is a lot of people jobless so close to Christmas. I wish them luck.

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Comment #9 by Bruce14
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 06:54:10 PM
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Very dissapointing. Mercenaries 1 and star wars battlefront 1 were some of my favorite games back in the day.

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Comment #10 by Cavaliers07
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 06:59:01 PM
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Its sad news they were a great studio until Mercs 2 and Lord of the Rings Conquest came out hopefully the Saboteur will allow them to go out with a bang and not be as disappointing as there last 2 games.

Just wondering whos going to be maintaining Saboteur after the launch with DLC and patch's

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Comment #11 by awesomepizza
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 07:04:39 PM
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This is why I never bother learning what the good studios are. They all just get closed and shuffled around.

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Comment #12 by Infomouse
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 07:17:14 PM
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Meh, i never liked their games too much.

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Comment #13 by mjc0961
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 07:42:38 PM
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Sucks that people are still losing their jobs, but I just find myself thinking "Who's Pandemic?"

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Comment #14 by jaysfan14
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 07:53:47 PM
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They had it coming. They put out a piece of **** game like Mercs 2 with a million glitches and then never fixed it (still have 3 achievements that won't unlock). Feel sorry for the people though, especially in this economy.

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Comment #15 by smudgedhorizon
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 08:31:43 PM
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EA really never change do they. :(

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Comment #16 by Gearbolt
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 08:41:06 PM
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And so close to Christmas too. I wish them luck.

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Comment #17 by darquesyde
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 08:42:12 PM
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The Original DAH and the Battlefronts were great games, It was all good until Mercs 2 I guess. Saw them on an episode of Electric Playground and they seemed like some good people worked there. Sad to see another company go.

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Comment #18 by The Bum-Mobile
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 09:05:52 PM
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One of my favorite companies, great games were made. And even if you didn't like their work you can't help but feel sorry for them, so close to Christmas without a job. I was going to wait awhile to get The Saboteur but this changes everything. Day one purchase now.

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Comment #19 by clownshoe13
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 09:14:30 PM
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so why not start a boycott of the saboteur? the jobless employees wouldn't benifit from buying the game now anyway.

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Comment #20 by Dov
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 09:29:12 PM
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It always sucks when people lose their jobs, but seeing how bad LOTR Conquest and Mercenaries 2 were, and how poorly they sold, this isn't a shock.

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Comment #21 by sho91
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 09:29:59 PM
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Nothin new when it comes to EA take-overs.....

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Comment #22 by tehapoc
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 10:16:41 PM
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Hopefully Saboteur isn't terrible!

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Comment #23 by its delicious
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 11:38:59 PM
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Two quick things: First thing, EA sure didn't have Pandemic all that long! EA bought Pandemic nearly at the release of Mercs 2 and Pandemic only made the Saboteur before shuttering its doors. Yikes. Second thing, Mercenaries 2 glitches will never be fixed. In the words of Jack Nicholson's Joker, "I'm glad you're dead!"

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Comment #24 by Akatsuki Sw1tch
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 12:01:47 AM
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That's what you get for NOT making a next-gen Star wars battlefront!

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Comment #25 by Night45Fox
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 12:08:37 AM
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This is going to hurt sales no doubt, too bad.

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Comment #26 by XDR Black0ut
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 12:12:43 AM
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Thanks for making one of the best games ever, Mercs 1. God damn that was epic jizz material.

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Comment #27 by Darth MaIak
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 12:27:15 AM
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I wholeheartedly agree with 24... maybe EA will pick it up? :/

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Comment #28 by OMGmyFACE
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 12:49:22 AM
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Pandemic before EA = Mercenaries
Pandemic after EA = Mercenaries 2
And now Pandemic's gone. There you go.

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Comment #29 by Blue Thunder28
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 02:08:07 AM
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I fully believe this is EA's fault.. time constraints and whatnot.

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Comment #30 by Lucifer Adams
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 03:49:31 AM
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I'll certainly not be touching The Saboteur. Mercs 2 was glitched to the Nth degree and they never bothered to patch it whilst they were still operating. If there are any problems with The Saboteur(likely) then there's sod all chance of them getting fixed now they've closed the studio. EA, I invite you to suck my balls.

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Comment #31 by Tyger7
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 03:59:11 AM
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Life happens, and its always about money. Hope they get better jobs. Im sure they will be fine for Christmas, bet they had a pretty sweet Severence Package, and after unemployement, they will be fine til next year! Hope they enjoy their time off after working so much!

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Comment #32 by Swegabe
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 05:45:48 AM
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EA doing what EA does best.

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Comment #33 by workbench
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 07:00:17 AM
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ea wouldnt close the studio if it was profitable. evidently it wasnt.

my god, did i just defend EA? someone call the ambulance.

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Comment #34 by Markatansky
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 09:48:57 AM
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If only they'd worked on a Battlefront 3.

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Comment #35 by LiesandPies
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 10:07:23 AM
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Hopfully we'll still get Battlefront 3.

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Comment #36 by Dimebag204
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 10:32:08 AM
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R.I.P Pandemic Studios...

they had the colest logo.....

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Comment #37 by CraigChaotic
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 10:34:13 AM
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NOOOOOOOOOOOO! I wanted Mercs 3! =[
We Love you Pandemic, PLEASE LIVE ON!

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Comment #38 by CraigChaotic
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 10:36:10 AM
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Also EA sucks tbh.

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Comment #39 by Stealthcake
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 12:24:38 PM
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This is all we see in the Game Industry now adays, how things have changed.

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Comment #40 by Fata1Stryke
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 01:44:47 PM
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Sad face :(

Battlefront was awesome, and sucky or not, I had a helluva lot of fun with Mercs 2. Here's hoping The Saboteur kicks ass, and good luck to everyone affected.

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Comment #41 by blayde
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 @ 05:15:47 PM
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They did some pretty cool stuff (back in the PS2 days mostly). RIP sweet prince, ect

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Comment #42 by Duplex123
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 01:23:52 AM
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Mercenaries was awesome even with the bugs. The hours of fun me and my friends had on multiplayer show that. I hope the new devs won't ruin the Mercs series too much. All I know is, I won't be looking forward to the next Mercs now it's not Pandemic making it.

Hope those guys can find jobs. They're very talented people.

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Comment #43 by N3XXIS
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 02:05:11 AM
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EA is incredibly MoneyHungry. If Pandemic wasnt making ENOUGH money, then they're likely to stop putting in the money/time/miniscule effort to keep it alive. 200 People now unemployed with xmas just around the corner? Who cares says EA, we still get our xmas Bonus' and our kids will have all their toys. Who cares that the studio went under, i dont, but I feel for all the poor families who would of just lost a MAJOR income. My heart goes out to them all and best wishes over the next few months. I hope all goes well for them

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Comment #44 by Daiphyer.
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 01:23:28 PM
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EA -- you can suck my fuckin' dick. If Saboteur gets canceled, I'm gonna go there and take a copy of Saboteur, turn that son of a bitch side ways, and stick it up in all their candy asses!!!

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Comment #45 by KrAzH6669
Friday, November 05, 2010 @ 09:04:52 AM
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i know its late puttin this but i feel for the devs greatly and the saboteur is one of my fave games perfect mix of "GTA" and "ASSASSINS CREED" hopefully someone good picks up the sequel and i wish EA would get their heads out their asses look at the glitched addon cheevos for AOT:T4D thats bullshit and they still havent fixed em at all

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US December 08, 2009
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