After years of rumors, it has finally been confirmed that Swedish developer Starbreeze, responsible for the highly-regarded The Chronicles of Riddick games, is working on an adaptation of the classic strategy title Syndicate, to be published by EA.
Syndicate was a 1993 isometric real time strategy game set in a cyberpunk future where one would command a company’s agents in covert operations against rival companies. The game got an expansion pack and a 1996 sequel but since then no new titles bearing the Syndicate name have been released.
According to a recent press-release, the new Syndicate is, predictably, not an RTS, but a “unique and brutal sci-fi first-person shooter experience”. It does seem to borrow the setting from its father though, as the press-release states it is “set in a not too distant future, where business is a war”. As is the case with many FPS games players will have access to a few tricks to use against their enemies besides guns:
Through DART 6 bio-chip technology implanted in their head, players can slow down time and breach the digital world around them to take down their foes using a variety of upgradable hacking mechanics
Fans of the original Syndicate may shake their head at the series becoming an FPS, but EA Partners Executive Producer Jeff Gamon stresses that “Our goal with Syndicate is to provide a challenging action shooter for today’s gamers, as well as fans of the original. I’m sure they will enjoy and recognize the legacy that made it such a classic”. Whether this is empty PR appeasement or representative of the final product remains to be seen.
The game is also set to include a 4-player co-op experience which will feature “missions from the original cult classic, which adds another layer of depth to the overall experience”.
Syndicate is slated for release in early 2012 on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Sources: Official EA press-release, screenshots from Computerandvideogames.com.