Three More Syndicate Trademarks Appear

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

Rumors of Starbreeze Studios' involvement with a new Syndicate title for EA have been swirling since I ruptured my mother's womb (you had to have been there). It is within that context that I inform you of even more evidence for the existence of such a game. Super Annuation has caught three new filings for a new Syndicate--trademarks, to be exact, two of which mention some sort of computer games or entertainment mention.

In April, Starbreeze trademarked Syndicate several times with the US Copyright Office, mentioning a financial institution for backing and an EA "license agreement," which suggested two things: EA sold the IP to Starbreeze, or handed over the license to Starbreeze to publish a new game. The latter seems to be the correct assumption. 
 

 
In March 2009, GI.biz confirmed via an anonymous source that Starbreeze was indeed building a Syndicate game under the codename "Project Redlime." Intended to release for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, work wasn't to be finished until Starbreeze pushed out a game based on the Bourne series. That project has been toast for a bit, so it's possible more resources have been devoted to this project. Maybe it's even finally due for an announcement.

So, what is Syndicate, you might ask? It's a dystopian sci-fi series created by visionary Peter Molyneux's Bullfrog Productions in 1993. It had you, as a team of four people, assassinating dudes, kidnapping people, and otherwise brutalizing folks all in the name of global domination. 
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

Rumors of Starbreeze Studios' involvement with a new Syndicate title for EA have been swirling since I ruptured my mother's womb (you had to have been there). It is within that context that I inform you of even more evidence for the existence of such a game. Super Annuation has caught three new filings for a new Syndicate--trademarks, to be exact, two of which mention some sort of computer games or entertainment mention.

In April, Starbreeze trademarked Syndicate several times with the US Copyright Office, mentioning a financial institution for backing and an EA "license agreement," which suggested two things: EA sold the IP to Starbreeze, or handed over the license to Starbreeze to publish a new game. The latter seems to be the correct assumption. 
 

 
In March 2009, GI.biz confirmed via an anonymous source that Starbreeze was indeed building a Syndicate game under the codename "Project Redlime." Intended to release for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, work wasn't to be finished until Starbreeze pushed out a game based on the Bourne series. That project has been toast for a bit, so it's possible more resources have been devoted to this project. Maybe it's even finally due for an announcement.

So, what is Syndicate, you might ask? It's a dystopian sci-fi series created by visionary Peter Molyneux's Bullfrog Productions in 1993. It had you, as a team of four people, assassinating dudes, kidnapping people, and otherwise brutalizing folks all in the name of global domination. 
#2 Posted by OmegaPirate (5522 posts) -

i still play this on my psp :D

#3 Posted by Conformunist (105 posts) -

I honestly thought I was the only person still living who has any idea what this game was.  
 
Also, it was friggin' awesome.

#4 Posted by FengShuiGod (1492 posts) -

Awesome.

#5 Posted by VicRattlehead (1399 posts) -

id much prefer them to get on that darkness sequel :|

#6 Posted by paulunga (2055 posts) -

Yeah, Syndicate was awesome. Also, everytime I think off Syndicate I also think of Shadowrun (SNES) and am super bummed about how the 360/PC version turned out. :(

#7 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

Man they need to bring an updated version of Syndicate Wars to XBLA/PSN. I'd be indoctrinatin' suckas all day. Bullfrog was an awesome studio.
 
What I DON'T want though: an FPS set in the Syndicate universe unless it's even more RPG-ish than Deus Ex.
 
Remember when we thought Project RedLime might have been a Road Rash game?

#8 Posted by DickDarlington (108 posts) -

I remember how it was the coolest thing ever that you were able to steal cars. Brainwashing people and giving them all guns was pretty cool too.

#9 Posted by Jost1 (2078 posts) -

YESSS

#10 Posted by IncredibleBulk92 (936 posts) -

Anybody know a reliable way to get Syndicate to work on Win7 64 bit? I've been trying for days and I'm all but given up. 
 
God I hope these games are remakes at at the very least faithful sequels.  If they turn this into an FPS I will... I'm not sure... be sad?

#11 Posted by l3illyl3ob (284 posts) -

Swedish game development is kind of getting big, isn't it?

#12 Posted by juanvaldes (186 posts) -
@Conformunist said:
" I honestly thought I was the only person still living who has any idea what this game was.    Also, it was friggin' awesome. "
Some of us still remember, hell some of us still have the games CD.  
 
The only question is how they will fuck it up. My money is on turning it into yet another FPS.
#13 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

" Class Status: Board games; Collectable toy figures; Hand held units for playing electronic games other than those adapted for use with an external display screen or monitor; Modeled plastic toy figurines; Playing cards"
 
Handheld version(s) confirmed

" Class Status: Entertainment services, namely, providing an on-line computer game; Provision of information relating to electronic computer games provided via the Internet"
 
Multiplayer confirmed
 
" Class Status:  Computer game software; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Video game software"
 
It's a videogame... confirmed?

#14 Posted by fedorajay (405 posts) -

Still play Syndicate Wars on the PC from time to time. Also have the PS1 version kicking on my PSP. :)

#15 Posted by IggyReilly (4 posts) -

Oh man, new syndicate game could be great.

#16 Posted by GunnBjorn (2911 posts) -

Syndicate was só awesome back in the day. 
Man, I cant believe it's seventeen(!) years ago that the first one came out. 
I feel só old... 
#17 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -
@IncredibleBulk92 said:
" Anybody know a reliable way to get Syndicate to work on Win7 64 bit? I've been trying for days and I'm all but given up.  God I hope these games are remakes at at the very least faithful sequels.  If they turn this into an FPS I will... I'm not sure... be sad? "
does dosbox not work?
#18 Posted by Paarthurnax (22 posts) -

Didn't know Molyneux made this, but it seems to have a following. Might as well check it out

#19 Posted by Mus (101 posts) -

I love this game back in the day, it is brilliant. I played it none stop. 
I hope they do a good job and try and keep to what the original had done with Cyber punk. 
They are going have a tough job making that game as it is much loved by the older generation of gamers. 
Can not wait to see it.

#20 Posted by Zippedbinders (1017 posts) -

If Starbreeze makes it into an FPS, you can at least be assured it will be a great FPS.  You know, since its Starbreeze and all.

#21 Posted by IceNein (4 posts) -

I used to absolutely love this game, back in the era where you had to manage your config.sys file to creatively load things into himem, because you needed x amount of base mem to run a game.  
 
It was his work at bullfrog that made me like Peter Molyneux.  I never really cared for any of his newer stuff.  The Fable series is a decent enough time waster, but it falls into the trap of promising too much, and not executing many things with finesse.
#22 Posted by spellenberg (7 posts) -

I hope the game comes out. zapping people with with the persuadertron was alot of fun.

#23 Posted by 1337W422102 (1014 posts) -

Love Syndicate to hell.  I sure hope they don't mess this up.

#24 Posted by st3vie (24 posts) -

I will definitely be keeping an eye or two on this!

#25 Edited by henrik_zwomp (48 posts) -

Cool, a screenshot I took got used in a news story :)
 
Also, Syndicate was great and I want another sequel.

#26 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (668 posts) -

Syndicate changed my life. 
 
Then Syndicate Wars redefined it.
#27 Posted by Conformunist (105 posts) -
@juanvaldes: @juanvaldes said:
" @Conformunist said:
" I honestly thought I was the only person still living who has any idea what this game was.    Also, it was friggin' awesome. "
Some of us still remember, hell some of us still have the games CD.   The only question is how they will fuck it up. My money is on turning it into yet another FPS. "
I'm leaning towards a third-person cover-based action rpg.  Set in space.  With Elves.
#28 Posted by PsychedelicET (104 posts) -

Syndicate is an amazing game series - I'm glad to hear the IP owners are finally reviving it.  Can't wait to see what they've been up to for these new games!

#29 Posted by beef_melody (274 posts) -

A trademark for action figures suggests that each Syndicate agent has a unique personality and mannerisms.  This goes directly contrary to the first game, where your agents were basically identical meatshields that you would send to their deaths while you watched from the safety of your blimp.  On that basis I'm expecting a squad-based FPS, similar to SWAT 4.  Which could be cool, but it ain't really what I think of when I think of Syndicate :/

#30 Posted by Jimbo (9869 posts) -
@IncredibleBulk92 said:
" Anybody know a reliable way to get Syndicate to work on Win7 64 bit? I've been trying for days and I'm all but given up.  God I hope these games are remakes at at the very least faithful sequels.  If they turn this into an FPS I will... I'm not sure... be sad? "
I got it running in DOSBox the other day, but I didn't play enough to tell you for sure whether it was stable or not.  Seemed fine.
 
The intro for Syndicate is still the best thing ever.  The music is delicious.
#31 Posted by JAH_Donuts (183 posts) -
@l3illyl3ob:  Yup. And doing a good job in most cases as well.
#32 Posted by myrsnok (14 posts) -

Syndicate was a really good game. Great gfx, great sound, great soundtrack. And even a great rendered intro (which was very important back in the day). Yeah, 17 years ago... man, those were the days. 

#33 Posted by MmmSkyscraper (313 posts) -

MINIGUN.

#34 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -
@beef_melody said:
" A trademark for action figures suggests that each Syndicate agent has a unique personality and mannerisms.  This goes directly contrary to the first game, where your agents were basically identical meatshields that you would send to their deaths while you watched from the safety of your blimp.  On that basis I'm expecting a squad-based FPS, similar to SWAT 4.  Which could be cool, but it ain't really what I think of when I think of Syndicate :/ "
It's a trademark for a handheld game. The board game and action figure and trading card aspect is just lumped in the same tradmark license.
#35 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6311 posts) -

Please, gods of game development, make this a true Syndicate game and not some bastardized XCOM-like spin-off.  Or at least give it the care shown in Fallout 3.  Thank you.  
 
By the way - anyone know of any legitimate, legal sites that have the original Syndicate games?

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#36 Posted by bobdude1234 (24 posts) -

Please don't fuck it up

#37 Posted by viper3der (19 posts) -

these arent my type... but im interested

#38 Posted by TSchonbeck (127 posts) -

I love the game, I hope this WILL be materialized.

#39 Posted by blurienh (123 posts) -

I have such strong memories of Syndicate with it being the first proper game I got into on my Amiga 500 as a kid I dont know that I want to play a new one, Wars was ok because it was just a fancy more fancy looking version in the same formula but this one will have to change the mechanics alot.
#40 Posted by Nac (55 posts) -

So....FPS, I take it?

#41 Posted by turbomonkey138 (4950 posts) -

No just leave the game . Syndicate wars and Syndicate are nice memories dont fuck them up with modern bullshit pls

#42 Posted by tswys3 (5 posts) -

Persuadertron ftw!

#43 Posted by buzztone (48 posts) -

I would absolutely love to see a new Syndicate game. 

#44 Posted by BergDK (270 posts) -

This makes me miss my old amiga 500 :(

But I have no interest in a remake.

#45 Posted by brotherlu (62 posts) -

Want another Magic Carpet :)

#46 Posted by Russcat (140 posts) -

This news brings back memories of an awesome game. Let's hope they take it in a direction that works out. Good luck Starbreeze.

#47 Posted by CharlesSurge (126 posts) -

Super Annuation is super sharp.

#48 Posted by Aleryn (704 posts) -

Good.  It probably won't equal the original or the sequel, but I don't care.  It's an excellent franchise.

#49 Posted by Xqwzt (53 posts) -

Weird, I was thinking this morning of what ever happened to Bullfrog. Then I reminisced about Syndicate and Magic Carpet.  
 
Are there anyone else that freaked out when they saw a Ghost in the Shell clip looping in Syndicate Wars?

#50 Posted by jonnyboy (2920 posts) -

Ahhh Bullfrog. Good times.

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