Syndicate 2012 has been officially announced by Electronic Arts as an all-new remake of the cult-classic isometric tactical shooter, a storied franchise for EA, originally released for the PC by Bullfrog Productions in 1993.
Created by an all-new development team from Starbreeze, the award-winning studio that brought gamers The Chronicles of Riddick and The Darkness 2, Syndicate 2012 delivers a unique and brutal sci-fi first-person shooter experience set in a not too distant future, where business is war.
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Players take on the role of Miles Kilo, Eurocorp’s latest prototype agent, as they embark on an epic action adventure full of corruption and revenge.
Set in 2069, Syndicate takes players into a dark, Machiavellian world run without government oversight with many syndicates vying for total dominance of their local market place. With no one to question their intentions or actions, three mega corporations — Eurocorp, Cayman Global, and Aspari — are at the forefront of this brutal war for control of the pivotal American market.
In the world of Syndicate, everything is digitally connected, including the people. Players aren’t limited to the weapons in their hands. Through the DART 6 bio-chip technology implanted in their head, players can slow down time and breach the digital world around them to take down their foes using a variety of upgradable hacking mechanics.
Syndicate’s blend of fast-paced, futuristic, action shooter settings and story combined with innovative chip breach gameplay instantly immerses players in a unique digital world.
Reports describe the game as a kind of mix between Crysis-style first-person shooter action and the clean sci-fi world of Mass Effect. Four-Player cooperative multiplayer has also been confirmed.
“We are excited to finally reveal what we’ve been working on the past couple years,” says Mikael Nermark, CEO of Starbreeze Studios. “It’s been a great experience working with EA, and an amazing opportunity for us to use our expertise in the first person shooter and action genres to bring back, and reignite, the signature action/espionage gameplay of Syndicate.”
“Our goal with Syndicate is to provide a challenging action shooter for today’s gamers as well as fans of the original. I’m sure they will enjoy and recognize the legacy that made it such a classic,” says Jeff Gamon, EA Partners Executive Producer. “Fans of the franchise will recognize many weapons and environments in the game, but in a whole new way. The game also provides a separate and deep 4-player co-op mode featuring missions from the original cult classic, which adds another layer of depth to the overall experience.”
The game is set for release in early 2012 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
Here is the intro for the original 1993 PC game!