One of the worst kept secrets in the games industry is out – developer Starbreeze is indeed working on a brand new Syndicate game for EA.
The publisher has given it a release date of early 2012 on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Coming in the wake of Deus Ex’s worldwide chart success, it’s perhaps no surprise to see the title described as “a unique and brutal sci-fi first-person shooter experience set in a not too distant future, where business is war”.
The original Syndicate debuted on PC in 1993 courtesy of Peter Molyneux’s UK studio Bullfrog. It took the form of an isometric, real-time RPS where players took charge of a group of four genetically enhanced cyborgs, out to fight for their owning corporation.
This new game perhaps takes the obvious route in shunning the staples of the series and instead going down the first person shooter route.
Much like Deus Ex, characters will be enhanced via certain digital upgrades. They will also be able to slow down time.
“We are excited to finally reveal what we’ve been working on the past couple years,” Starbreeze Studios CEO Mikael Nermark stated.
“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.”
EA Partners executive producer Jeff Gamon added: “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.
“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 four-player co-op mode featuring missions from the original cult classic, which adds another layer of depth to the overall experience.”