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Killzone: Mercenary Hits PS Vita September 17th, New Trailer and Screens

Poria Torkan's Avatar Posted by Producer, Guerrilla Games

Killzone: Mercenary is scheduled for a September 17, 2013 release in North America. We also have a brand-new trailer for you to enjoy:


Killzone: Mercenary is a new first-person shooter in the Killzone series, developed specifically for the PlayStation Vita platform and powered by the stunning Killzone engine. Starting just after the ending of the original Killzone, and revisiting many of the events from the Killzone trilogy, the game puts players in the rugged combat boots of a mercenary named Arran Danner. Danner is a former UCA-soldier who has no qualms about taking on paid contracts from the ISA as well as the Helghast.

When a seemingly routine mission to evacuate the Vektan Ambassador and his family in Pyrrhus goes awry, Danner discovers that the outcome of the war could very well depend on the fate of the Ambassador’s young son. With both sides going to increasingly desperate lengths to get hold of the boy, he begins to wonder whether the price of victory is really worth the paycheck.

Killzone Mercenary on PS Vita

Comprised of nine single-player missions — each nearly an hour in length— Killzone: Mercenary delivers a full Killzone experience in a portable package. Completed missions unlock additional replay challenges, with a host of special objectives to accomplish. The game also boasts a full-fledged multiplayer mode with six maps tailored for eight players and three different game types, including the popular Warzone mode.

In keeping with the soldier-for-hire theme, every action in Killzone: Mercenary is rewarded. The better you perform, the higher your payout – not just in the single-player campaign, but also in the multiplayer mode. The wages you collect are deposited into a single bank account, so the money you earn in the campaign missions can also be used to buy gear and weapons for multiplayer matches, and vice versa.

Killzone Mercenary on PS Vita

Killzone: Mercenary makes full use of PlayStation Vita’s considerable input and graphics capabilities. It enhances the familiar dual-stick FPS control scheme with touch controls for actions such as brutal melee, and with tilt controls for accurate sniper aiming. The game even uses the powerful Killzone 3 engine to bring its massive environments and impressive set pieces to life. But don’t just take our word for it — watch the trailer above, and check out the new screens in this post.

Stay tuned to Killzone.com and PlayStation.Blog, because we’ll have a behind-the-scenes interview with game director Piers Jackson soon.

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Hwang_Mi-Young_ said:

January 30th, 4:22 pm

Yay another boring fps

whatisdelicious said:

January 30th, 4:23 pm

I actually had to blow the pictures up to their original size to believe that this is actually a Vita game. Once you see it really big, you start to notice the rough edges that confirm that yeah, it totally is a Vita game, but still, wow. Bravo. Very impressive work.

Jakintosh said:

January 30th, 4:24 pm

Honestly, had pretty little interest in this game before, but I might actually pick this up. Seems really solid, and looks like a good place to jump into the Killzone franchise.

actio1_618 said:

January 30th, 4:25 pm

NICE.

TheGrimHeaper said:

January 30th, 4:25 pm

Even if I’m not a big fan of FPS on the go, this game really does look great. I can’t even imagine what it looks like on the Vita screen! Great job, Guerrilla crew.

kdiep said:

January 30th, 4:26 pm

Wow, graphics are crazy for a handheld title. Easily the best. Looking forward to this but it’s a shame it’s about another 8 months away.

GeoDarky said:

January 30th, 4:27 pm

am so going to get this for me and my brothers. finally a true Vita FPS

MassaBR said:

January 30th, 4:28 pm

That looks unbelievable! September is so far away. :(

Any chance of a beta earlier in the summer?

MakoSOLIDER said:

January 30th, 4:28 pm

I’m not a FPS fan at all. But man does this look awesome. I’ll try to promote it as much as I can amongst my friends. That aside. Awww September :( But it looks like you guys are really using time to develop this game and I’d rather get a REALLY good product anyway.

Just hope SONY has something in between April to September on the Vita to tide us over. Tearaway?

enricky559 said:

January 30th, 4:29 pm

Looks really good. Looking forward to playing it.

EvRy1nVzZ said:

January 30th, 4:29 pm

Wow wow wow!!! I wish people would realize the fact that game are looking this good and have this much stuff on a handheld is amazing.

vongruetz said:

January 30th, 4:29 pm

Now that looks pretty amazing. It’s nice to see what a Vita game can look like when it’s not rushed out the door, or just an afterthought compared to the console version. Kudos.

phreeky91 said:

January 30th, 4:30 pm

this games looks really impressive. Plus I have always felt that the mechanics in killzone were the best in any shooter i have played, really looking forward to this release

MakoSOLIDER said:

January 30th, 4:30 pm

Also question: Does Cambridge Guerrilla operate within the same building as main Guerrilla Games or separate buildings? How close or far apart are you guys. Curious

hebablo said:

January 30th, 4:30 pm

Looks stunning. Better than Resistance: Burning Skies?! LOL! Great job! Vita getting some life!!!

ScreamAimFire999 said:

January 30th, 4:31 pm

I hope it is worth the wait because it will be a long one.

ThreeLeggedFreak said:

January 30th, 4:32 pm

Is it gonna have co-op objective and “spec ops” mode?

What about some maps being cross platform with Killzone 3?

Butters360 said:

January 30th, 4:33 pm

Game is looking nice! First day buy from me!

SAIYAN98 said:

January 30th, 4:33 pm

YES!!! I kept coming back and back to the blog and said to myself “I hope there is a Killzone Mercenary Release date.” And here it is! Sad for the release date but it’ll be worth it. I hope GG finishes the game early and releases it earlier than expected!

marc2henri said:

January 30th, 4:33 pm

wow looks so damn amazing. as usual no multiplayer gameplay. nice going SONY

swisstylez said:

January 30th, 4:34 pm

Epic finally a Game worth buying!!!!!!!

Tremulan777 said:

January 30th, 4:35 pm

I cannot wait for this game it looks very promesin. Any news about pre-order bonus? I’m still playing killzone 3 and I am a true killzone fan you have all my support guerilla games.

imarc3g said:

January 30th, 4:36 pm

Game looks awesome, cant wait to play it. But Damn September!? Thats a big Gap between Soul Sacrifice April 30th & September 17th. I hope there some more great games to play in between.

camiwaits_us said:

January 30th, 4:37 pm

Oh, boy, this is going to be great!

erapago said:

January 30th, 4:37 pm

Native resolution? I’m shocked. Excellent work, guys.

MakoSOLIDER said:

January 30th, 4:37 pm

Again, I’m no FPS guy but is a 9 hr campaign good for a FPS? Also, is this a Vita limitation? 8 players max? Not that any of thats bad.

gd0495 said:

January 30th, 4:41 pm

WHY IS IT ONLY 8 PLAYERS ONLINE!? at least make it 12 please.

trustyourpilot said:

January 30th, 4:43 pm

Will there be co-op (Wi-Fi or Local) in the single player at all?

PHead4 said:

January 30th, 4:45 pm

I want to really thank y’all at guerrilla games for making this game and not giving it to another developer. Keeping this in house was a good move. Can’t wait to pick this game up. Hopefully this won’t be a star score format (3stars to fully pass the level) ala call of duty declassified and unit 13. Make this like the other killzones and I’m good.

fatdog21 said:

January 30th, 4:48 pm

finally i see what the ita can do awesome!!!

Saint_Reaper666 said:

January 30th, 4:49 pm

My money! Please take it!!

SteveO1683 said:

January 30th, 4:50 pm

Guerrilla Games is such an amazing developer. Cannot wait to see what they bring to the PS4!

Traumadore said:

January 30th, 4:50 pm

MakoSoldier: Killzone 3 was about 5-6 hours so 9 hour seems good. 8 player versus seems to be standard for Vita games, but 16 and 32 are most conmon on consoles/PC.

Zezzler said:

January 30th, 4:52 pm

This is just the kind of Vita game I want.
Call of Duty was such a disappointment, so hopefully the fine folks of Guerrilla can pick up the slack.

It’s kind of a shame to hear that it’s only 8 player multiplayer, but as long as the gameplay mechanics and controls as well as well designed maps are there, I’m sure it’ll be fun. I hope Operations Mode makes it’s way to this version too! That was a fantastic part of KZ3.

Cannot wait to hear some impressions and see more gameplay soon!

Heavenly_king said:

January 30th, 4:54 pm

PLEASE HAVE A TRUE STORY MODE!!! PLEASE!!! NOT LIKE UNIT13 or COD: Declasified…

I want a good story mode like in the previous KZ games PLEASE!!!!!

JKar275 said:

January 30th, 4:55 pm

I’m very glad to see an official release date for this game!!!!!!!

The PS Vita needs high quality sci-fi shooter games & I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this game will not disappoint.

Omen_20 said:

January 30th, 4:56 pm

Looks like a reason to buy a Vita. I would love to see the Liberation series continue though. Is that still a possibility?

Suby_Greg said:

January 30th, 4:56 pm

Nice. Looking forward to the game. Day 1 buy.

Squiggle55 said:

January 30th, 4:57 pm

As much as I like Killzone, and as excited as I am for this game, I am still disappointed by 8 players online. I guess this is a Vita limitation because after all of the complaints about an 8 person limit, Killzone would have been the game to do it right if there wasn’t a Vita limitation.

Sub-Zero said:

January 30th, 4:57 pm

Looks like i may have a reason to hold onto my vita. Looks great. and im not a big FPS fan

MakoSOLIDER said:

January 30th, 4:58 pm

Nice logo btw LOL. Just wrote Cambridge underneath :)

avluis said:

January 30th, 4:58 pm

Here we go! To Poria Torkan, thank you and your fellows at Guerrilla Games for honestly taking your time to post this and to actually give the PS Vita the following:

The Killzone 3 Engine!
Full Length Campaign Missions :-O
Single player thats longer than 2-3 hours [You suck it COD:BO:D] :-P
Original story based on the franchise and set between, not before… :-)
Proper Sixasis Support (It’s just a brand name, it’s really just accelerometer powered input, but it has to done right to be called that)
And finally,
A Flipping Game, no seriously, look at what the PS Vita has so far. Now tell me, are you not looking forward to this?

MakoSOLIDER said:

January 30th, 4:59 pm

+Traumadore Thanks for the info

snakeeyes211 said:

January 30th, 5:00 pm

This game is going to be incredible I can’t wait

race2winnet said:

January 30th, 5:01 pm

Not a FPS fan but this looks great!

whiteboyfromco said:

January 30th, 5:04 pm

I might cry. The only way this gets better is if it gets the Wipeout 2048 treatment and all the KZ3 maps hit this version. Also if there’s some sort of collector’s edition. :D

Flakao24 said:

January 30th, 5:06 pm

Can’t wait!

M-Easy said:

January 30th, 5:22 pm

My pants got tight while watching that trailer.

altrodesi said:

January 30th, 5:23 pm

This looks great! Great job with the game and the trailer. I have been exited for this game ever since I heard about it a e3. I can’t wait to play it.

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