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Is Starbreeze Working On A Syndicate Revival?

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Here's the original. You know, in case you don't remember it.
Remember how EA put out a press release back in February claiming that it was working with Starbreeze--the Chronicles of Riddick people--on reinventing a "classic EA franchise?"

At the time they called the EA Partners release "Project RedLime" and said it would be available for PS3, 360, and PC. I think this was right around the same time that John Riccitello name-dropped Road Rash a few times, leading some to speculate that this was what the game would end up being.

But maybe not. CVG has a report from a sneaky secret tipster that claims that Starbreeze has been working on a revival of Syndicate, a classic PC game developed by Bullfrog back in the early '90s where you took control of a bunch of drugged-up future agents and made them haul ass around a futuristic city to mow down opposing agents. You controlled the drug levels in their bodies, letting you jack them up to do better in fights, but an over-reliance on the dope made them build up a tolerance and get weak.

CVG's story quite literally takes the words out of my mouth on the original Syndicate: "It was awesome."

Personally, I'd be very interested to see what Starbreeze with do with Syndicate. CVG's story starts and stops with a reliance on an anonymous source, so I guess we shouldn't get too excited, but... yeah... totally filled with excitement and hope over here.
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Posted by Jeff
Here's the original. You know, in case you don't remember it.
Remember how EA put out a press release back in February claiming that it was working with Starbreeze--the Chronicles of Riddick people--on reinventing a "classic EA franchise?"

At the time they called the EA Partners release "Project RedLime" and said it would be available for PS3, 360, and PC. I think this was right around the same time that John Riccitello name-dropped Road Rash a few times, leading some to speculate that this was what the game would end up being.

But maybe not. CVG has a report from a sneaky secret tipster that claims that Starbreeze has been working on a revival of Syndicate, a classic PC game developed by Bullfrog back in the early '90s where you took control of a bunch of drugged-up future agents and made them haul ass around a futuristic city to mow down opposing agents. You controlled the drug levels in their bodies, letting you jack them up to do better in fights, but an over-reliance on the dope made them build up a tolerance and get weak.

CVG's story quite literally takes the words out of my mouth on the original Syndicate: "It was awesome."

Personally, I'd be very interested to see what Starbreeze with do with Syndicate. CVG's story starts and stops with a reliance on an anonymous source, so I guess we shouldn't get too excited, but... yeah... totally filled with excitement and hope over here.
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Posted by Broken

Dude, that would be ace, Syndicate Wars was loads of fun back in the day!!

Posted by darkjester74

Right there with ya Jeff...Syndicate was amazing!

Posted by zeox

Syndicate was amazing back in the day.
Even though I really want to see that series revived, I'm worried to see what they'll do to it (make it an FPS? :O )

Posted by Davvyk

razorwires between building pillars. Demolishing whole blocks. Damn that was a good game

Posted by Pibo47

If this is true. I will got eat a puppy to celebrate!

Posted by OmegaPirate

OMG Yes please - this game has been left untouched whilst so many failure franchises have been updated for us to scowl at

Spend your dollars on making this a reality!
Posted by MisoRonery

Syndicate is one of my favorite childhood games!  Please bring it back, and do it justice.  This would rock my world if it turned out to be true.

Posted by SubTact

Syndicate was most definitely amazing.  It was one of the few non-multiplayer PC games I played over and over again.  It was all about the Persuad-a-tron and the mini gun.  So much fun gathering an army of civilians and opposing agents and just cause mass destruction, blowing up cop cars within 2 seconds of targeting them.

Though it's not so much an EA classic as a Peter Molyneux classic.  They might own the IP, but it's not like the original was an in-house EA effort.

Definitely mixed feelings about a new one coming out, that'll be developed by a studio that doesn't have a trace of the original team.  If it's a FPS, it will only be Syndicate in name and setting.  I think an open world game would be the best fit as far as the original gameplay goes.  The mechanics and kewl shit from the original could be applied very nicely (I mean, the original definitely has a prot-open world/GTA game feel to it in retrospect) to the open world format.

Posted by Akira

<3 Syndicate Wars.

You know you loved hauling ass with those bionic legs.

Posted by Media_Master

Never heard of it

Posted by Elk

I want to have hope, but I feel it'll just be a 4 player co-op shooter like gears or something. Not that I don't like gears, but... sigh....

Dungeon Keeper anyone? Heck, I'll settle for magic carpet

Posted by Johanz

Syndicate is one of the few awesome cyberpunk games and it's very heavy cyberpunk feel is just, awesome. I love it. And Starbreeze is an awesome developer, just gimme Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena and a new Syndicate and I'm happy for years to come!

Syndicate was really something special back in the day, and the destruction in Syndicate Wars just made my jaw drop, every single time.

Posted by Zuul

never heard of it

Posted by grokman10

Wow, this was one of the first games I played on my first computer. Loved it! Those were the days!

Posted by Gregomasta

Never played the original, but this whole thing sounds awesome.

Posted by Mexalen

It would be the sweetest thing to have a new Syndicate ... if it plays like the original. It's one of my favourite games of all time...

1.) get the best brains
2.) get the Persuadertron
3.) run around the city full speed and convert EVERYONE to your will.
4.) profit (no really!)
Posted by MrKlorox

Ha! I called it in favor of Syndicate last time this news hit the surface! I am excited and nervous about where Starbreeze will take the genre. We haven't had a proper RTS/FPS hybrid yet, though it has been attempted many times. Starbreeze does "dark" really well, and Syndicate is very dark universe. Great match!

Though it sucks that we now know this isn't a Road Rash revival.

Posted by DJ_Lae

Oh man, I would be stoked to have a new Syndicate and see what Starbreeze would do with it.

Posted by Snail

Syndicate was amazing.

Posted by Dryker

This sounds interesting, but wasn't Starbreeze working on a revamp of Chronicles of Riddick? I was really looking forward to that one, hopefully it's still in the works.

Posted by Cyclonus

hope so!

This sounds interesting, but wasn't Starbreeze working on a revamp of Chronicles of Riddick? I was really looking forward to that one, hopefully it's still in the works.

they are. starbreeze is at least two teams btw

Posted by Jimbo

Syndicate is a bonafide classic and a cornerstone of my childhood; but what do you do with it in today's market?  If it's *another* sticky-cover Gears clone I will cry.  I think I'd rather see a straight update in the style of Bionic Commando Rearmed.  Maybe we'll see both?

I'm also kinda surprised we haven't seen a new Road Rash yet - make it online with a persistent character/bike that you earn xp/money to customize, race against other people and have a few guys playing as cops.  Awesome.  I wouldn't expect it to be a AAA title or anything, but I imagine it would measure up to something like Warhawk.

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Posted by Irishjohn

The original Syndicate was one of my favourite games of all time.  Please let this be true.

Posted by makari

part of me is excited, but the other part of me knows that itll just get banned in australia anyway

Posted by Destroyeron

Never played it? :\

Posted by oobs

shadow run would be cool too..not that crap 360 game that was brought out but the snes one...now that was a cool game also

Posted by Hatemachine76

Sweet jesus plz don't be joking...I used to skip highschool to take my 4 trench coated, rocket launching, mini gun toting, mass murdering pimps for a walk around the city.

Posted by Wintermute
Posted by Rowr

Fuck yes please.

Posted by ahoodedfigure

I felt the setting was really bleak, but that didn't stop me from conquering the world and buying the expansion pack.  Something seductive about hands-on destruction of people's wills.  Oh, and I officially renounce my candidacy. 

Posted by halatsinator

I can't wait to see what a current gen gauss gun can do,

Posted by mr_registered

OH GOD YES!!

I hope this comes to pass... with 4 player co-op.... soon

Posted by daniel_beck_90

now that you mentioned it , I think the game Haze used the same theme . I mean the nectar of Haze resembles the drug in this game , like overdosing and stuff .  I hope it would not be like Haze  since that game was not good .

Posted by eych

After Riddick Starbreeze did fantastic Darkness. Played both games and loved them.

Posted by Sestren

Sorry to be off-topic, but how else do I draw attention to some leaked info I got about a very huge game? Check my blog! It's huge!

Posted by Zalanth

Holy crap I've been trying to remember the name of that game for years! Thank you! Anyway, I'd love to see that brought back.

Posted by Jimbo_N

Bring in Peter Molyneux as advisor and go for it!
I think he needs to be involved for the right spirit to be there.

Posted by Blinck

nostalgia nostalgia nostalgia nostalgia nostalgia

Posted by bricewgilbert

Love Starbreeze, and I hope they do something as good as Riddick and The Darkness.

Posted by AURON570

who remembers the opening from Syndicate?! xD

Posted by MrKlorox

Heheh, remember the cheat for infinite cash in Syndicate Wars? POOSLICE was it? I remember thinking it was POLICE the first time I saw it.

Never played the original Syndicate however.

Posted by Tebbit

I never played Syndicate, but I did play Syndicate Wars, and that game was freakin' awesome. KABOOM!  A new Syndicate would probably be the best thing ever.

Posted by Serker

wish they were working on a Darkness sequel

Posted by krazedkaoz

I was hoping it was Road Rash.

Posted by MonkeysDad

Jacking cars. Sniping from rooftops. The Gauss gun. Bionic Legs. The Persuadertron.

Want!

Posted by Driadon

Hmm...I can't believe I never even heard of The Syndicate prior to this. It seems like the kind of game I'd be going nutso over.

Posted by Kohe321

Hope so!

Posted by Kowalski

Back in the 90s I was playing mostly PC games and Syndicate was a gem. And as a Swede I welcome this project very much.

I also would very much like a new Crusader game. Alot.

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