In rather exciting news out that has caught many by surprise, Electronic Arts have not only revealed a revival
of the classic Syndicate franchise, but also that it's in the works at the very competent Starbreeze Studios, the swedish-based developer that brought us The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay and The Darkness.
Set in 2069, Syndicate takes players into a dark, Machiavellian world run without government oversight with many syndicates vying for total dominance of their local market place. With no one to question their intentions or actions, three mega corporations – Eurocorp, Cayman Global, and Aspari – are at the forefront of this brutal war for control of the pivotal American market. In the world of Syndicate, everything is digitally connected, including the people. Players aren’t limited to the weapons in their hands. 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. Syndicate’s blend of fast-paced, futuristic, action shooter settings and story combined with innovative chip breach gameplay instantly immerses players in a unique digital world.
Unlike it's isometric-view ancestors, this new game will take the form of a first person shooter and will also include a 4 player cooperative campaign.
“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,” says Jeff Gamon, EA Partners Executive Producer. “Fans of the franchise will recognize many weapons and environments in the game, but in a whole new way. The game also provides a separate and deep 4-player co-op mode featuring missions from the original cult classic, which adds another layer of depth to the overall experience.”
The first screenshots can be found over on our new Syndicate game page.
Syndicate is slated for an "early 2012" release on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.