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EA rumoured to be making new Syndicate

EA rumoured to be making new Syndicate

The word on the street is that EA currently has Starbreeze studios working on a new Syndicate game.

It's just a rumour for now, but the word on the grapevine is that Electronic Arts is creating a new Syndicate game, with Starbreeze developing.

The original Syndicate game is definitely considered an all-time PC classic and is one of the great strategy games to come from Peter Molyneux and Bullfrog in the nineties. Starbreeze meanwhile is a relatively small studio who have mainly focused on dark, broody FPS games such as The Darkness and the fantastic Chronicles of Riddick.

The rumour comes from CVG.com, who are claiming an anonymous source who has connected the dots between a recent deal between EA and Starbreeze and EA's intention to win credibility by reviving a classic franchise.

The original game, which was released back in 1993, put players in control of a corporation with militant leanings that used a cybernetic assault squad to assassinate and capture rival executives.

There's currently no official confirmation from EA and no listing or announcement from within Starbreeze that the team is working on a Syndicate title - but CVG seem confident, so we'll have to wait and see.

Would you like to see a new Syndicate game released, or is it a franchise best viewed through rose-tinted glasses? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Yemerich 20th October 2008, 11:54 Quote
WOOOOWWW!!!!
Now THAT'S Great news! Syndicate and Syndicate wars was two of my favourites all time!

"Persuadetron"!
Skiddywinks 20th October 2008, 12:12 Quote
This had better happen. Oh some people are going to die.
Flibblebot 20th October 2008, 12:19 Quote
I think I may have peed a little

Oh, and I don't think Peter Molyneux had anything to do with Synidacte (other than the fact that he was boss of Bullfrog at the time) - which might explain why it was such a good game :p
UncertainGod 20th October 2008, 12:33 Quote
The World needs more Syndicate but StarBreeze better not screw with the formula, expand yes (I would like to add a bit more strategy to zone control on the world map, like money invested in an area gained you more influence over it and could make mission in that area easier and also have more of your corps buildings on the streets, etc) but don't screw with the basics as it was perfect already.
steveo_mcg 20th October 2008, 12:34 Quote
Some one grab a Persuadetron and head on out to EA and StarBreeze offices, we will have what we want!
_DTM2000_ 20th October 2008, 12:44 Quote
Awesome, I loved the original games, I'll look forward to this if it all works out.

Did anyone else ever play Syndicate Wars while listening to Prodigy - The Fat of the Land?
I found they went together perfectly, ahh the memories.
Darkedge 20th October 2008, 12:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Flibblebot
I think I may have peed a little

Oh, and I don't think Peter Molyneux had anything to do with Synidacte (other than the fact that he was boss of Bullfrog at the time) - which might explain why it was such a good game :p

Wrong it was his game idea, his design. Did change lots however before it came out. He had nothing to do with Syndicate Wars but considering that was rather pants who cares.
Arn't Starbreeze still trying to finish of the Chronicles of Riddick 360 version?
Tyrmot 20th October 2008, 12:51 Quote
What we need is more cyberpunk games in general - seems everyone's doing war and fantasy at the moment, but given the potential for cyberpunk and all the stuff out there in terms of literature and movies etc I'm amazed there isn't more work in this area for games too
Blademrk 20th October 2008, 13:10 Quote
EA = DRM though. No matter how much I loved the original I won't be getting this unless EA avoids the DRM nightmare.
Whalemeister 20th October 2008, 13:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
Some one grab a Persuadetron and head on out to EA and StarBreeze offices, we will have what we want!

Dam! someone beat me to the Persuadetron line, I just hope they don't ruin what was an awesome game...
Gh0stDrag0n 20th October 2008, 13:28 Quote
Everyone get ready for the new EA game "Simdicate", with all the SecuROM DRM BS you will ever need.
Veles 20th October 2008, 14:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blademrk
EA = DRM though. No matter how much I loved the original I won't be getting this unless EA avoids the DRM nightmare.

Yeah, just as it looked like they were starting to turn themselves around, they load every PC release with crappy DRM.
Redbeaver 20th October 2008, 15:02 Quote
chronicles of riddick: one of the best game ever.

that is all.
pimlicosound 20th October 2008, 16:19 Quote
Gauss Gun and the Minigun were classics too. I just hope they get better AI for those escort missions! Man, those civilians were dumb.

My favourite memory is when my brother and I first got Syndicate and loaded it up. My brother looked at the odd island in the middle of the Atlantic (the Atlantic Accelerator, the last and most difficult level) and in curiosity accepted it as his first mission. His squad died in about 3 seconds, if I recall.
pimlicosound 20th October 2008, 16:21 Quote
Excuse the double-post, but I've just remembered the cover of the issue of Games Master Magazine carrying the Syndicate review: "BETTER THAN SEX".
spoon.uk 20th October 2008, 16:30 Quote
Its going to be a great game, same as original hopefully =]
johnnyboy700 20th October 2008, 19:37 Quote
I hope they keep the amoral attitude shown in both games, it should look pretty damn good with modern game engines.

One thing I do recall was that the demo of the original had a feature that was missing from the full game - there was a scene where a reviewer set a car on fire with minigun fire and the passengers ran about screaming and he found it very disturbing to listen to. They removed the screams from the final game, wether because it was deemed too graphic or because someone told them to pull it is something that was never explained. I found the screams of the burning Head Crab Zombies in HL2 pretty disturbing but apparantly the Syndicate demo was worse.
CowBlazed 20th October 2008, 21:35 Quote
I'm guessing they'll make an FPS out of it. Chronicles of riddick was really good though. Darkness not bad either, but the whole shadow mechanic is getting a little old.
BurningFeetMan 21st October 2008, 01:13 Quote
Quote:
The word on the street is that EA currently has Starbreeze studios working on a new Syndicate game.
It's just a rumour for now, but the word on the grapevine is that Electronic Arts is creating a new Syndicate game, with Starbreeze developing.

This is just awful news. I'm expecting to see tonnes of hype followed by a lacklustre title that will leave the gamer bitter and angry.

Hey, put your hand up if you're still playing Spore? Leave your hand up if you played and thoroughly enjoyed Black & White unhampered by bugs to the very end of the game. Keep your hand up there if you enjoy purchasing expansion pack after expansion pack for the Sims. Also keep your hand up if you just can't WAIT to play the NEXT C&C title!? ALSO KEEP IT UP IF YOU LIKE TAKING YOUR DRM WHERE THE SUN DON'T SHINE.

Those who see where I'm getting at will avoid this game like the plague.
Xir 21st October 2008, 09:07 Quote
Aahhh the original syndicate...reloaded it a couple of years back...the graphics are too horrible to look at now *grin*

No Spore yet...
Black&White...played for a few hours but got fed up with characters not doing what you tell them.
SIM's one...i played for about 3 hours...2 Hours to build a nice house and one hour getting annoyed at Sims not doing what you tell them. Then uninstalled. (I got it as a gift 'kay? Anyone want to buy an original version?)

I'm more a "settlers" and AoE type, an order is an order! ;-)

True, I can't wait to play the next C&C though :D
Bungle 21st October 2008, 10:50 Quote
A Grand Theft Auto type game would work really well for this title IMO. Add in a 4 player co-op and there's a winning formulae for this classic titles revival. Here's hoping.
UncertainGod 21st October 2008, 11:10 Quote
How the hell would a GTA mechanic work for this game, the whole point is you are a multi-national corporate entity not some bloody hoodlum who think baseball bats are cool.
MrMonroe 21st October 2008, 15:05 Quote
This is awesome, as this was one of those strategy games of which only I was a fan among my godless, strategy hating friends, but seriously, EA, is Will Wright the only creative person you have working for you anymore? Are zombie versions of old IPs all we have to look forward to from your company?

And no, a GTA mechanic would not be appropriate here. But oh gods what if this is their MMO?
Bungle 21st October 2008, 16:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by UncertainGod
How the hell would a GTA mechanic work for this game, the whole point is you are a multi-national corporate entity not some bloody hoodlum who think baseball bats are cool.
Based on the original where by you could take control of any vehicle.
Civilians being casually butchered in the hundreds and armed response being determined by your level of hostility, it's not to hard to imagine a game based around the GTA game mechanic. Obviously elements will need to be altered but the basis of a syndicate game is there.
Journeyer 21st October 2008, 21:05 Quote
Ohh, I think I just came a little!

Fantastic!

I just hope they don't mess it up...
Xir 22nd October 2008, 08:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bungle
Based on the original where by you could take control of any vehicle.
Civilians being casually butchered in the hundreds and armed response being determined by your level of hostility, it's not to hard to imagine a game based around the GTA game mechanic. Obviously elements will need to be altered but the basis of a syndicate game is there.


Yes, it would fit...
though you'd need a fifth person as "coordinator"...wich is what the player of the original did.
Gushy 11th August 2009, 16:17 Quote
I'm not sure what would be more exciting for me, a new Syndicate or a new Dungeon Keeper.
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