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UPDATE: EA Confirms Mercenaries Developer Closing

by Phil Kollar on Nov 17, 2009 at 08:45 AM

UPDATE: EA has given us a statement confirming that Pandemic will be closing as part of the publisher's recently announced layoffs. EA says roughly 200 positions will be eliminated as part of this decision. However, a "core team" of Pandemic employees will move over to EALA along with the Pandemic franchises and brand name. In other words, we may still see Pandemic attributed to future games, but it will be a much smaller team focused on "quality, cost management, and schedule integrity."

ORIGINAL STORY: News of the fallout from EA's major layoffs from last week continues to hit. The latest blow is being dealt to Pandemic, the developer of the Mercenaries series and upcoming December release The Saboteur (pictured). 1UP is reporting that the studio is being shut down by EA as confirmed by an anonymous employee of Pandemic.

According to their website, Pandemic employs over 200 people. In addition to the nearly-finished The Saboteur, the team was apparently working on two more unannounced projects. Kotaku is reporting that both The Saboteur and any other IP in the works from Pandemic will be shifted over to EA Montreal.

We've contacted EA seeking official confirmation and will update this story when we hear back. If you've got any information on this developing story, please click the "Submit a News Tip" link on our Contact page.