New Syndicate In The Works?

New Syndicate In The Works?

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Maybe wishes really do come true: Word on the street is that EA is set to revive Bullfrog's classic strategy-slaughterfest Syndicate.

CVG apparently has an inside track on the news, thus far unconfirmed, that Electronic Arts has made a deal with Starbreeze Studios to bring back the Bullfrog favorite on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Starbreeze is best known for developing FPS titles The Darkness and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay.

EA originally announced a deal with Starbreeze to bring back a "classic EA franchise" in February, although the franchise in question remained unknown. "We're already deep in development on Project RedLime [the game's internal code name] and the team at EA is giving us the time we need to perfect our vision," Starbreeze CEO Johan Kristiansson said at the time. "We're excited to bring a new perspective and gameplay innovation to this beloved fiction."

Speculation at the time suggested either System Shock or Syndicate would be making a comeback as a result of the deal. While System Shock received a facelift in 1999 with the sequel System Shock 2, which eventually grew into a cult classic in its own right, Syndicate hasn't been touched since the 1996 release of Syndicate Wars, which was not nearly as well received as the original.

We've contacted EA about the rumor and are anxiously awaiting a response.

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Yeah... but it's from Electronic Arts, which means we'll only get to install it once for every time we purchase it.

I believe a Bender quote is appropriate here. EA can kiss my shiny, metal... well, yo know the rest.

Sounds like an FPS. What's the point if it's completely different from the original anyway?

SharedProphet:
Sounds like an FPS. What's the point if it's completely different from the original anyway?

Agreed. If it's not... well, I'm not exactly sure what genre you'd call Syndicate, but if it's not like the original, then "do not want".

I would like to see the gameplay of Syndicate translated, not just the setting. Let's not have another Shadowrun.

Malygris:

We've contacted EA about the rumor and are anxiously awaiting a response.

We're sorry but you have used up your 3 Dedicated Rumours, Malygris. Please contact EA support for further information.

;)

The_root_of_all_evil:

Malygris:

We've contacted EA about the rumor and are anxiously awaiting a response.

We're sorry but you have used up your 3 Dedicated Rumours, Malygris. Please contact EA support for further information.

;)

It's okay TROAE, Maly can download the deactivation tool to remove one of the rumours from his brain, then he can ask for a new one.

The twisted cynic in me wants to reject this on principle that digging up old franchises has a mixed track record. However, that part is quickly quashed under the blissful thought of once again commanding a team of cyborgs armed with trenchcoats and miniguns conquering the world.

So my response to this: please please please please please please please please.

This is the best thing.

Before Spore and all the DRM issues, I'd have been thrilled by this news. But it's EA, and so unless we stop the DRM now, I'll probably never be getting this game.

I would rather they did not touch System Shock or Syndicate, I dont think they will ever be able to make them good enough to please their fans.

Let them mess about with Theme Park if they need to kill an old franchise off

Virgil:
If it's not... well, I'm not exactly sure what genre you'd call Syndicate, but if it's not like the original, then "do not want".

Most sites refer to it as an RTS, but I always felt it was far superior to standard RTS titles (which I generally dislike) because a four-man squad is so easy to manage and there's none of the nonsense involved with building bases, harvesting resources, building up your forces, etc. You just played the game. It was incredibly refined and well-executed.

I lost so many hours on Syndicate and S Wars. I really really hope this doesn't get completely buggered up, as the niggling little voice in my head is telling me it probably will.

Virgil:
[well, I'm not exactly sure what genre you'd call Syndicate, but if it's not like the original, then "do not want".

I would like to see the gameplay of Syndicate translated, not just the setting. Let's not have another Shadowrun.

i'd have to say it's a rts with third person shooter aspects to it

they were fun games tho, the snes shadowrun game was pretty fun, could have been worse and could have been better

Really, there is no suitable genre name for Syndicate. I'd say GTA1 clone, but Syndicate came first. It's not an RTS because there's no S. Not a Third-person shooter, because it's squad based not a single avatar you manipulate like Conker (Conker's Bad Fur Day) or Mario (Mario64). Generally, the only suitable title for Syndicate's style of game was "Ubergold".

"We're excited to bring a new perspective and gameplay innovation to this beloved fiction."

This is Developer speak for "cram it full of stolen game mechanics and cliche's and shove it up your ass while you weep for your forever lost sweet memories"

Never played the game, but from what i've seen any attempt to update it will only result in disaster- it's fan following is simply too... involved, with it.

Yeah, that quote fills me with horror... how about trying...

"We're excited to leave the damn game alone, just bringing the aesthetics up to modern day expectations, while leaving the core game along, instead of turning it into a dodgy Halo clone, and making it a little more complex and with more levels."

So Molyneux's going to have nothing to do with it, plus EA is publishing a Derivative ReMake*? Furthermore the studio they're contracting it out to doesn't seem to have any experience with the genre into which Syndicate fits?

Something tells me this "new" Syndicate's gonna have a lot in common with Escape from Butcher Bay and nothing in common with Syndicate. It'll be "re-imagined" as a Halo clone/Metal Gear Solid type of game, anything but what it should be, and it'll suck all three times it gets installed before it gets Fort Knoxed by the SecuROM.

Count me out.

*that gag was more fun to write than I thought it'd be.

TsunamiWombat:
Never played the game, but from what i've seen any attempt to update it will only result in disaster- it's fan following is simply too... involved, with it.

What have you seen?

First Bionic Commando and now Syndicate? Am I living in remake-country? : P

Virgil:
I would like to see the gameplay of Syndicate translated, not just the setting. Let's not have another Shadowrun.

That's what I was about to say! Man, I hope they can do it faithfully. Hell, all they really need to do is update the graphics, make destructable environments, new weapons, characters, all the graphic goodies, new missions - and it would be a DAMN awesome game!

cleverlymadeup:
they were fun games tho, the snes shadowrun game was pretty fun, could have been worse and could have been better

Unfortunately, that's not the Shadowrun I was referring to. If only the SNES game was the low point.

Malygris:

TsunamiWombat:
Never played the game, but from what i've seen any attempt to update it will only result in disaster- it's fan following is simply too... involved, with it.

What have you seen?

Mostly only the opinions of people on these forums, but older niche games tend to attract very vehement fanbases- 'Cult Classics' if you will, much like Popular games will have Fanboys.

And, I actually loved the SNES Shadowrun- played it before the Genesis one, feel like I PREFER the Genesis one. Never got very far in either.

We never got a good Shadowrun, but we got Deus Ex which was KINDA close... Here's a true story- at one point the rights for Shadowrun were purchased to make a movie, but this was right after Fantastic Four tanked, so none of the studios would touch it. The guy could never pitch it to a production house and eventually his rights to it just lapsed...

Dodged a bullet there, huh!?

 

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