Electronic Arts & Starbreeze Studios, who was behind the epic The Darkness game, have announced today that they are officially rebooting the ‘Syndicate’ game.
“We are excited to finally reveal what we’ve been working on the past couple years,” Starbreeze CEO Mikael Nermark told a press release. “It’s been a great experience working with EA, and an amazing opportunity for us to use our expertise in the first person shooter and action genres to bring back, and reignite, the signature action/espionage gameplay of Syndicate.”
While I personally have never played the original Syndicate game, this looks quite interesting.
The setting takes place in a 2069 governmentless world with Cayman Global, Eurocorp, and Aspari are duking it out with each other for controlled interest in the American market. You play as Miles Kilo, who has an implanted chip that allows him to slow down time and also “hack” into the virutal world around him (FEAR & Bioshock anyone?).
There is an immersive single player story, according to Starbreeze, as well as a deep 4 player co-op that is seperate from the main single player storyline.
“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 recognise the legacy that made it such a classic,” says Jeff Gamon, EA Partners Executive Producer. “Fans of the franchise will recognise 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.”
Syndicate is expected to launch early 2012. In my opinion, that’s not likely to happen seeing how early 2012 is already full of big name titles.