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Pandemic Studios was an American video game development studio based in Los Angeles, CA, and Brisbane, Australia. They were responsible for a number of popular franchises including Mercenaries, Full Spectrum Warrior, and Star Wars: Battlefront.

Pandemic announced a partership BioWare in November 2005, backed by investment from private equity firm Elevation Partners. On October 11, 2007, Pandemic Studios and its sister company BioWare were both acquired by Electronic Arts through EA's purchases of VG Holding Corp.

In February 2009, EA shut down the Brisbane studio. Later that year, in November, the publisher announced 1500 layoffs across several EA studios, and Pandemic was disbanded as well. Their last game, The Saboteur, was still released on time despite the closure.

After the closure, it was revealed that a small intellectual property team would be consolidated into EA's Los Angeles studio with the promise that Pandemic's franchises would continue. EA soon announced that they were working on another entry in the studio's Mercenaries franchise, entitled Mercs Inc., though as of 2013 there has been no additional news on the status of the project.

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