#1 Edited by Asrahn (551 posts) -

Evening fellow bombers!

I come yet again with the tidings of another kickstarter that may need your, yes, YOUR aid. As it stands right now, 5 Lives Studios' spiritual successor to the

Syndicate

games called

Satellite Reign

is hovering at the 316k out of 350k mark on their kickstarter. 5 Lives have been concerned that they haven't yet managed to reach out to all the fans of their old games that may be interested, and as such, after searching meticulously on the Giantbomb forums and finding nothing about it (but strangely enough a page for it on the wiki, huh) I decided to raise awareness about the game. Because seriously, this looks awesome. If you're an old fan of the series, and didn't know about this, I forgive you - but it requires your sacrifice and it does so now.

(For those oldtimers that my words may already have swayed, or for those that can't be arsed reading what I'm writing and want to check it out themselves, here's the link to the kickstarter:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/5livesstudios/satellite-reign

)

To quote their kickstarter, Satellite Reign is "A real-time, class-based strategy game, set in an open world cyberpunk city", and who the hell doesn't just love that? You'll take charge of 4 agents, each a distinct class. 3 have had their artwork presented to those following the development as of yet. I'll be postin' some pictures here for eyecandy, but unless I crop them and make them smaller the GB page makes them look like crap, so my apologies iof they seem a bit grimy. There's the Soldier, the Hacker and the Support agents.

We're waiting for the Assassin agent reveal. For those curious as to how the game is played, they resently released an in-engine visualisation of how they imagine the game will look like (and damn does it look fine in that Unity engine).

For those that remember the old Syndicate and Syndicate Wars games, this should seriously be a no-brainer. For the rest of you, check it out. These guys seriously seem like they know what the hell they're doing.

Either GB doesn't allow imbeded code, or I am an incompetent twit. You're going to have to go to to the kickstarter to see their actual promotional video (

http://kck.st/11RNh18

).

Now to pray that this looks as tidy as it did during the editing when I post this.

EDIT: It screwed up a little. On the other hand, GOAL REACHED. Grab a tier before they vanish fellas!

#2 Posted by Asrahn (551 posts) -

"Now to pray that this looks as tidy as it did during the editing when I post this."

Almost. Just... almost.

#3 Posted by JouselDelka (967 posts) -

chocolate rain?

#4 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

I already put down my betting money for this game.
It's so close but if it doesn't happen then I guess it didn't happen and somehow the world didn't end.

#5 Posted by Asrahn (551 posts) -

I already put down my betting money for this game.

It's so close but if it doesn't happen then I guess it didn't happen and somehow the world didn't end.

Thank you, good sir. There's always that last 2 day burst at Kickstarter for projects that are meant to make it. We can only pray it happens here too.

#6 Edited by Humanity (7931 posts) -

But I already played the next spiritual successor to Syndicate, it was called Syndicate and it was pretty fun!

#7 Posted by Yummylee (20540 posts) -

I seem to recall someone else posting a thread about this very kickstarter game fairly recently, but it was locked. Although the difference there was the user created an account purely to advertise the project. Since you're an established user it's probably a little more acceptable?

Just giving you a word of warning anywhoo.

#8 Posted by Dport (101 posts) -

Yep I'm in. Just hope it's half as good as Syndicate.

#9 Posted by Asrahn (551 posts) -

@humanity:

A fine attempt at trolling! I must say, it made my blood churn for a few seconds before I calmed down.

That said, you are a twit. :C

@yummylee:

Cheers for the heads up. I checked the forum rules through again just for safety and found nothing against raising awareness over something you're passionate about. Had I gotten cash to do this it would have fallen under the rule against advertisement and earning moneywhatnot. Just a backer that really, really badly wants to see this go through.

Does GB seriously lack old Syndicate fans to this degree, or did I just post this at a bad time? I want opinions! What do people think about what's been seen so far? Have 5 Lives got the pulse for this, or are they walking down the wrong alley? Does alcohol make me invent weird synonyms?

#10 Edited by Humanity (7931 posts) -

@asrahn said:

@humanity:

A fine attempt at trolling! I must say, it made my blood churn for a few seconds before I calmed down.

That said, you are a twit. :C

Not actually trolling here. I thought the new 2012 Syndicate was a really great game and a fine continuation of the franchise. If your only problem was that it was a first person shooter then you should probably rethink your priorities because you missed out on a really great experience.

I really enjoyed the old Syndicate game when I was a lot younger. That said the Company of Heroes styled squad gameplay is not exactly popping right now and in a way I think it limits what a game like Syndicate could really be. There are so many options that they could explore if it was instead a third person game in the style of Assassins Creed - you could play an agent that receives missions from his corporation that involved espionage, stealth, assault, kidnapping etc. From the perspective of an over the battlefield camera, which works well enough in Company of Heroes because you're mainly on open fields but will be instantly troublesome in a city environment, you'll be limited to seeing your little agents fiddle with their hands and watching progress bars.

I hope the best for them, I did enjoy Syndicate, but I just don't see why people cheer for "spiritual successors" that are instead HD remakes of old games only sporting a different name.

#11 Posted by Asrahn (551 posts) -

@humanity:

I've been meaning to try the 2012 Syndicate, in fact, I am staring at the shortcut on my keyboard at this very moment. I thought you were trolling due to the outcry from the original fans of the series when the FPS was released, and since a spiritual successor normally means the game retains the base mechanics of the previous game, as in the spiritual successor of an RPG being an RPG, RTS being an RTS and so forth. Thought it was a bait. RTS games aren't exactly "popping" right now either, but that isn't an incentive for me and so many other fans of the genre to not want more of it.

"There are so many options that they could explore if it was instead a third person game in the style of Assassins Creed". How about you wait for CD Project Red's Cyberpunk then? Hell, Prey 2 looks pretty interesting too. The issue many took with the 2012 Syndicate was that it, in fact, wasn't a Syndicate game - it wasn't a isometric real-time tactical game like the others. If they suddenly upped and tried to make an Assassin's Creed sequel into a tower defense game (see what I did there?) I can't help but imagine the original fans being angry about it, no matter how engaging or fun the game would be. Having Syndicate an isometric real-time tactical doesn't impose limitations on what "Syndicate could be", it's what makes Syndicate into Syndicate.

"you could play an agent that receives missions from his corporation that involved espionage, stealth, assault, kidnapping etc."

Here you're playing as 4 agents, that does... basically that.

"From the perspective of an over the battlefield camera, which works well enough in Company of Heroes because you're mainly on open fields but will be instantly troublesome in a city environment, you'll be limited to seeing your little agents fiddle with their hands and watching progress bars."

Baseless assertion. Check out the video I posted. I honestly don't see why everything has to be turned into FPS or Third-Person games these days. It's that kind of publisher market appeal that is killing creativity. If isometric real-time doesn't quite cut it for you, then admit you're not a Syndicate fan, stand aside, and leave it to the actual fans to enjoy.

Kickstarter has reached its goal, thanks everyone who made it happen!

#12 Posted by Humanity (7931 posts) -

@asrahn: Like I said, I hope it does well, it is completely idiotic for anyone to wish failure upon a title because if we get a great new game out of this then everyone wins. Those were just my personal opinions which are strongly influenced by my taste in games. I'm just not very good at micro management or RTS style gaming in general so I'd rather play a third person title instead which I feel more at home with. If this turns out good then I will give it a shot of course. I recently bought Company of Heroes 2 out of curiosity and as a way to venture outside of my comfort zone, so in a way I'm easing into the squad/RTS styled gameplay.

Glad it got funded, hope it turns out great.

#13 Posted by Morningstar (2042 posts) -

Already backed it 2-3 weeks ago. Looks neat.