EA Trademarks Syndicate Stuff

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The original Syndicate, for those of you too young to remember, was an isometric cyberpunk real-time tactical game from Peter Molyneux’s Bullfrog Studios, the developers behind gems like Populous, Magic Carpet, Theme Hospital and Dungeon Keeper.

It was a fantastic – and violent – game, where you lead a squad of agents doing cool things like assassinations, brainwashing and blowing stuff up with the awesomely overpowered gauss gun. Fans rejoice, because it looks like EA – who acquired bullfrog in 1995 – might be rebooting the series.

Superannuation noticed three new trademark filings by EA relating to the series.

One of the trademarks relates to "entertainment services, namely, providing an on-line computer game; provision of information relating to electronic computer games provided via the Internet". Another mentions "computer game software; downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; videogame software."  The last protects future toys, card games and the like.

Could a new syndicate be headed to download services like XBLA and PSN? Rumour has it that EA hired Swedish developers Starbreeze, the folks behind the Riddick games and The Darkness, to revive classic EA franchises. Looks like one of those might be Syndicate.

Just please don’t turn it in to a FPS, like they’ve done with the Xcom reboot. Please?

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Source : Eurogamer

Last Updated: August 5, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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