Game doomed to die?

#1 Posted by cheesetriangles (10 posts) -

Did EA put this game out to die a quiet death? Today I was kinda surprised when no one I talked to knew about the game, knew it was coming out or even knew what it was. On the other gaming forums I go to no one is talking about the game. There just seems to be zero hype for the game. Anyone else getting this feeling?

#2 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

Yes, EA wants their games to fail.

#3 Edited by Aetheldod (3511 posts) -

Well .... it came out of the blue I give you that , around 3 months ago or at least utill then knew about the game .... and I come here every day so is not surpriese that most people dont know about it. I think it is going to be a sleeper untill we hit the dry montha and people wants something to play , and Syndicate will be there. At least that is what I plan on doing.

#4 Posted by cheesetriangles (10 posts) -

@PeasantAbuse: There have certainly been cases of games being dumped without ceremony at poor times of the year for sales. A situation where the publisher feels like the game won't have a chance at success anyway.

#5 Posted by spazmaster666 (1965 posts) -

EA certainly doesn't feel that the PC version of Syndicate is deserving of enough attention to put it on the front page of the Origin client. However, I have seen ads for the game on the various game sites I've visit.

#6 Posted by WilltheMagicAsian (1544 posts) -

I think this game got a lot more air time than Binary Domain. I didn't even know about it until I tried downloading the SSX demo.

#7 Posted by Strife777 (1503 posts) -

They definitely didn't advertise it all that much. I suppose they thought it wasn't worth the marketing money.

#8 Posted by mordukai (7133 posts) -

Can you really blame them? It's a new game in a series that has cult following and has a completely different gameplay. Welcome to giant bomb.

#9 Posted by VisariLoyalist (2990 posts) -

not now the gerstmann has spoken. He is like some kind of space-pharaoh around here you know?

#10 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

@cheesetriangles said:

@PeasantAbuse: There have certainly been cases of games being dumped without ceremony at poor times of the year for sales. A situation where the publisher feels like the game won't have a chance at success anyway.

Yeah, true. I might be mistaken, but I think I've seen a commercial for it on TV though which is probably the best way to advertise a game.

#11 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

Considering their biggest game of the year lauches in 2 weeks they ate focusing more on that.

#12 Posted by HatKing (5816 posts) -

I assumed the game would be sort of bad. I mean, that generally is the case with these sorts of quiet releases. It's like Deus Ex all over again. In fact, this is shockingly similar to Deus Ex.

#13 Posted by hbkdx12 (779 posts) -

DIdn't know anything about the game til i saw Jeff's 5 star review on the front page. 
 
I imagine the lack of publicity is largely due to ME. Also maybe because on quick glance it looks insanely similar to crysis 2?
 
The QL sold me on it though. I like the overlay and the interface and the hacking stuff seems like a fun gameplay element.

#14 Posted by kuz101 (209 posts) -

After playing the majority of the campaign, I can say that I agree with Jeff's review. The dubstep boss was great.

#15 Posted by wewantsthering (1551 posts) -

It hasn't been trumped up too much, but it will probably sell decently well. Not ME3 numbers, but enough for a sequel probably.

#16 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4676 posts) -

@PeasantAbuse said:

Yes, EA wants their games to fail.

With their treatment of Alice: Madness Returns and Shadows of the Damned last year I would not be surprised.

#17 Posted by el_tajij (707 posts) -

I feel bad saying it but: I hope so. Taking one of the best tactical isometric strategy games ever made and turning it into a linear first person shooter with a named protagonist is really, really, really heartbreaking. I hope somebody makes a REAL sequel to the old syndicates.

I can't imagine the hard work that must have gone into making this game, but calling this game 'Syndicate' just feels wrong in every way. Like it's a testament to the close-minded nature of the industry.

#18 Posted by Equal_Opportunity_Destroyer497 (558 posts) -

Starbreeze has absolutely terrible luck when it comes to selling games, so I have doubts that Syndicate will see any real success. 'Tis a shame, as they make pretty awesome games. ImmortalSaiyan does bring up an interesting point though. Shadows of the Damned, particularly, deserved better treatment. It would seem that if it's not an actual EA property they do next to nothing to market and promote it.

#19 Posted by Jimbo (9772 posts) -

Seems like the sort of game I'll get around to eventually if/when I don't have anything else to play. I haven't heard anything about it which makes me want to rush out and get it.

#20 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7050 posts) -

@Kourtney99 said:

I just wonder, what is EA??????????? Please anyone explain it to me.....................!!!!!!!!!!

Wait....what the hell are you even saying? What is EA? What is one of the juggernaut publishers of the industry? They help make some pretty big games, duder.

#21 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

Really seems like EA is fucking up a bit with Syndicate, Reckoning, and SSX. They are too focused on ME3.

#22 Posted by Humanity (8809 posts) -

@HatKing: Deus Ex was a quality title though.

#23 Posted by SomeJerk (3141 posts) -

If they really wanted it to die they would have made it an isometric shooter.

#24 Posted by Mnemoidian (955 posts) -

Well, don't get a lot of game ads here, but there hasn't been any - definately looks like EA is ramping up their marketing for Mass Effect 3.

As for general knowledge - other than my other game-rabid friends (with whom I've been pretty much counting down the hours to tthe European Thursday release with), half the people I've spoken to don't know what Syndicate is. The other half just exclaim a shocked "It's out THIS thursday?!".

From a very small sample size (the group of people I socialize with) - yes, they've marketed it poorly.

(And Europe getting different release dates is still BS.)

#25 Posted by xxizzypop (577 posts) -

@Jimbo said:

Seems like the sort of game I'll get around to eventually if/when I don't have anything else to play. I haven't heard anything about it which makes me want to rush out and get it.

It is an incredibly beautiful console game with a very awesome setting. The HUD stuff is pretty cool, and the gameplay is almost shockingly satisfying. This is coming from someone who has only played around with the co-op as of right now though, which again, is shockingly in-depth. Short and narrow is more work went in to this game than I ever imagined would and it's for the better, probably the best thing to come out of Starbreeze.

#26 Posted by Hitchenson (4682 posts) -

You're insane, that was one of the shittiest huds I have ever seen in a video game, it's awful.

@xxizzypop said:

. The HUD stuff is pretty cool

#27 Posted by Dogma (943 posts) -

If we talk about Internet advertisment I thnk EA have done quite a lot. They have put up trailers two times a month since fall and there have peen press events for the game and therefore previews. If your'e talking TV ads and stuff like that I don't know. And since I'm from Sweden I wont see that anyway. I do know that a bunch of game website adventise the game with BIG site covering ads so would say that EA have put some marketing into this game so to call this "sent out to die a silent death" is hyperbole. Look at Alice and Shadows of the Damned...those games were truly sent to die and had almost no marketing push. Syndicate have had a lot more media exposure.

#28 Posted by xxizzypop (577 posts) -

@Hitchenson: I really like it. It's a bit much on the screen, but I think it looks pretty cool and the reason for why it exists the way it does in game appeals to me. I might be the minority.

#29 Posted by Suddenly_Susan (5 posts) -

Origin is the only thing keeping me from getting this game. It's disapointing to see a publisher ignore the biggest digital distribution platform (steam), a service that has strengthened the pc gaming community. While at the same time do business with gamestop a retail outlet that siphons more money away from publishers than pirates do.

#30 Posted by mosdl (3228 posts) -

@xxizzypop said:

@Hitchenson: I really like it. It's a bit much on the screen, but I think it looks pretty cool and the reason for why it exists the way it does in game appeals to me. I might be the minority.

I barely notice it unless I need to use it, and then its easy to use and looks great.

Origin hate is still in?

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