EA to Reboot Syndicate…as a Shooter

Posted: September 12, 2011 in PC, PS3
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Information surfaced this weekend indicating that Electronic Arts is reviving Peter Molyneux’s classic of cyberpunk corporate warfare, Syndicate. The reboot has been under development for some time by Starbreeze Studios, and is set to be a first-person shooter (as almost every multiplatform game these days seems to be) rather than the isometric real-time strategy game that the original was.

In my opinion it’s looking like a bit of a mixed bag so far. The fact that they’re keeping the cyberpunk setting and corporate warfare angle is fantastic, and the four-player multiplayer sounds like it could be a blast. The thing about Syndicate is that it was always about hostile corporate takeovers, and if they can successfully translate that to first-person, it might end up being a good game. In any case, I’m a sucker for a cyberpunk setting.

On the other hand, the screenshots so far look a tad generic, and you might assume that they’re trying to hop on the Deus Ex bandwagon, and the other question that jumps to mind is…why Syndicate? Why not bring back the cyberpunk-themed game that was already a (third-person) shooter, Crusader: No Remorse (which EA also owns the rights to, and which I am an insufferable fanboy of)? The apparent protagonist also looks enough like Adam Jensen that Square-Enix could probably claim plagiarism.

Not Adam Jensen after a shave, nope, not at all.

And yes, obligatory XCOM reboot note: XCOM changed the setting, gameplay and focus of the game. Whether Syndicate is true to its roots is yet to be seen.

Syndicate is set for an early 2012 release date on the PC, PS3 and 360.

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