After teasing us for months with rumours and half-answers, EA has finally let the Syndicate cat out of the bag. Whether it is a legitimate leak from the company, or part of a very clever viral marketing campaign is uncertain, but what we do know, is that the EA origin store has given us a glimpse of what to expect when the cult classic game is rebooted for a new generation.
Originally an isometric squad-based strategy game, the first Syndicate put players in charge of a gang that could be modified to be stronger, better goons, while also waging war with various other gangs in order to take control of the city.
The EA reboot however, is going in the completely opposite direction, promising gamers a â€œvisceral first-person shooter experienceâ€. Taking place in the year 2069, players will find themselves in a world that is “No longer governed by politicians, but “divided up into regions controlled by megacorporations known as Syndicates”.
The game description continues, describing the Syndicates as â€œ(Having) revolutionized how the consumer interacts with the digital world. No longer does the consumer require a device to access the world’s data and control their technology, they can do this at the blink of an eye via neural chip implantâ€.
Of course, in order to maintain an edge in business, the Syndicates are going to need some agents to do their dirty work, and that’s where players come in, as they’ll take control of bio-engineered and chip-augmented enforcer by the name of Miles Kilo, who works for Eurocorp.
Starbreeze studios is promising gamers a title that makes use of â€œchip enhanced gameplayâ€, that will allow them to slow down time, while they also gain to the â€œDataverseâ€. EA released the following description for the game (via Neogaf);
Syndicate is the re-imagination of a cult classic franchise from 1993 – a unique action shooter set in a not too distant future, where Business is War.
2069 – No longer governed by politicians, the developed world is divided up into regions controlled by megacorporations known as Syndicates. These Syndicates have revolutionized how the consumer interacts with the digital world. No longer does the consumer require a device to access the world’s data and control their technology, they can do this at the blink of an eye via neural chip implant. Civilians flocked to be “chip’d” and enjoy all that their selected Syndicate has to offer; housing, medical, banking, insurance, education, entertainment and jobs. One complete package. One complete lifestyle. In return, the Syndicates gained unprecedented insights, and control, over the individual and their behaviour. With little governmental oversight, business has become war. The Syndicates will stop at nothing for ultimate market dominance. At the front line of this war are the Agents, the Syndicate’s bio-engineered and chip-augmented enforcers. They can breach anything in the wired world including their enemies, their weapons and the environment that surrounds them, making them the most efficient and deadly technological weapons in the world.
Take on the role of Miles Kilo, Eurocorp’s latest prototype agent, and embark on a brutal action adventure of corruption and revenge.
â€¢ Chip Enhanced Gameplay: Slow down time, see through walls, and breach your enemy and everything digital in the world with Dart vision – A neural DART6 chip implant that allows you to interface directly with the Dataverse.
â€¢ 4-Player Online Co-op: Assemble your Syndicate for global domination. A 4-player, online co-op experience like no other, with chip enhanced gameplay and 9 missions re-imagined from the original Syndicate.
â€¢ Visceral FPS Experience: Utilize an upgradable arsenal of futuristic weapons, armor and gear to annihilate your enemies and harvest their chip technology for personal advancement and sinister corporate greed.
â€¢ Sci-Fi Fiction: Immerse yourself in the world of Syndicate 2069, with a world-class sci-fi story experience, written by bestselling author Richard Morgan.
There’s been no official confirmation from EA yet, but with so much information having been released and leaked on their Origin site, the Syndicate remake looks like a given at this stage, also considering that developer Starbreeze Studios quit production on a new Jason Bourne game in 2008, to focus on this title, which was still a mystery until this time.
While the idea of a more action-focused Syndicate is at odds with the vision of the original game, if Starbreeze takes a few cues from the recently released Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which shares similar cyberpunk ideas, they might just have a game that captures the imaginations of players who are both new and familiar to the franchise.
Last Updated: September 12, 2011