EA seeking Syndicate trademark

Publisher again signals interest in reviving classic cyberpunk franchise with three new USPTO applications for "games," "entertainment services," and "figurines."

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Evidence continues to mount that Electronic Arts and Swedish developer Starbreeze are at work on a reboot of Bullfrog Productions' classic cyberpunk tactical action game Syndicate. The latest comes by way of a trio of new trademark applications that surfaced in the US Patent and Trademark Office yesterday.

Syndicate can only maintain its silence for so long…

As spotted by Internet-sleuthing Web site Superannuation, EA's three new trademark applications all bear the title "Syndicate," and their purposes cover a range of products. The first is of the customary gaming sort, covering such topics as "computer game software" and "downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices."

A second filing pertains to more online uses of the phrase, including "entertainment services, namely, providing an on-line computer game." The third filing has to do with cross-media tie-ins for the name, including board games, toy figurines, and playing cards.

EA's latest overture toward the Syndicate franchise follows on from a copyright claim for the "Syndicate" name filed in June 2009 but not spotted until the following April.

As for Starbreeze's involvement in the franchise, EA announced a partnership with The Darkness developer to "reinvent" one of the publisher's "most acclaimed classic franchises" in February 2008. That game, which currently bears the title Project RedLime, was one of two commissioned by EA. However, the second, which was to star Robert Ludlum superspy Jason Bourne, was reportedly put on hiatus, according to the LA Times.

Discussion

58 comments
AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

ok heard load of rumours about a imminent announcement regarding project redlime being announced at gamescom but Nothing at all ????????????. what the hell is going on as it was all i was looking forwards to @ gamescom

Zyclobonzaron
Zyclobonzaron

It REALLY needs to be very close to the Syndicate Wars format. Just with modernized graphics, and more intricate gameplay detail (more upgrades, maybe a Lab tech tree). The storyline should be exactly like the original Syndicate. Creating your own cyber gang and then trying to take over the world, one mission at a time, has really got to be one of the best gaming ideas ever! It should have a randomized in-game-world mission generator though, so you can keep playing the game forever. The only flaw the originals had was that they ended.

cain19822004
cain19822004

@DrKill09 I've been saying that for YEARS, Road Rash with more bikes, individual characters and weapons and fatalities. And the new Strike game with a choice of vehicles for each mission, and maybe an upgrade system.

Fieldy23
Fieldy23

delta3074 Posted Aug 6, 2010 12:22 am GMT they had better not turn this into a call of duty style FPS, same gameplay with updated graphics please. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I own a PS3 and i would rather this had the same style as syndicate wars. F**K the graphics, gameplay is key on this game. LR rifle shots right off the screen, and heros that run off the screen 2 lure the enemy after the boys had laid traps, those were the days. DONT F**K THIS UP EA!

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

It'll be a tactical FPS or TPS. To please the console crowd. Just like they did with the new X-Com game.

WiredDreemz
WiredDreemz

So we might soon get a game based on one the greatest franchises in the world - I can't wait. I loved the original. There was something absolutely brilliant about it. It was this game, Pagan Ultima 8 and the original Doom that totally got me hooked on games!

delta3074
delta3074

they had better not turn this into a call of duty style FPS, same gameplay with updated graphics please.

hakkinnen
hakkinnen

I agree with DrKill09. New Road Rash NAO!!

DrKill09
DrKill09

EA, I want a new Road Rash, and a new Strike game!

Judas_III
Judas_III

The developers seriously need to play the original if their are passionate about this project. Starbreeze made startopia, and that was Isometric, so I have hope that they're the right choice here. Peddeling another FPS to a younger generation that never experienced real turn-based games is a crime to the franchise and the creators. Tactical and strategic games are too few in todays market of FPS everything. Game play mechanics like Syndicate and Fallout Tactics are unequaled in todays games market.

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

If this turns out the way the Shadowrun remake did, the new Syndicate should be a pinball game. Or whatever style will make fans of the original angriest.

azrael2514
azrael2514

I just downloaded this game. Man, even though the graphics are dated and so is the control scheme. Still a fantastic game after all these years. It took me right back to when I was 10 years old and playing it on an Amiga.

Scottopia
Scottopia

Somehow I have a feeling that EA's version is going to be nothing like the original. At all. Am I going to have to pre-order another game to get this one, like NBA Jam? Sorry if it seems like I've got EA hatred, but they seem to have the opposite of the Midas touch. (Almost) Everything they touch turns to crap.

Neogenic
Neogenic

Syndicate rocked. I hope they make a great new game out of this one!

phv86
phv86

i have a idea... make a new Duke Nukem in 3D and make a remake of yea u guessed it Duke Nukem 3D

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

Syndicate was one of the seminal pc games. Nothing can top the opening sequency where they kidnap someone off of the street and turn him into a cyborg. I loved it. I am highly skeptical of any remake no doubt the game will be botched by EA. They haven't made any good pc games in years. Shame they used to be so reliable.

Applemooze
Applemooze

Dunno... I'm secretly hoping that the isometric will stay... BUT... FPS or TPS elements could work out... Don't tell me that Fallout 3 is already forgotten! Perfect blend into next-gen!

Lordan007
Lordan007

I would like to se new version of Flashback,that would be sick :D

Lordan007
Lordan007

Good Idea, definitly one of my best games at that time ....

Witchsight
Witchsight

Taking bets on First Person Shooter... I dare some company to make a detailed sprite based isometric strategy game with a good budget.

mer1in79
mer1in79

But saying that alot of companies take a classic well loved games with a large following and try to cash in on the previous success of said game i just hope that EA spends some time on Syndicate and gives us a game that old and new fans will enjoy and which doesn't stray to far from the original ideas and gameplay.fingers crossed. P.S also 2kgames please give us the xcom we want and deserve.

mer1in79
mer1in79

@weedman1985 I absolutely agree look at 2kgames and the much loved strategy game Xcom(u.f.o enemy unknown) that is being remade into a fps but that doesn't mean it will be rubbish if care is taken and it sticks to the original ideas then it might be a surprise smash.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I actually put Syndicate in the other night - the PS1 version. Forgot I had it, so I stuck it in my 60gb PS3... although it looked awful graphics wise (maybe had something to do with blowing up an old-skool SD picture to a 50" TV size! ha ha), the game was all kinds of awesome still.... jabbing at victims with the Persuadertron was enormous fun, then just slamming into the enemies en-masse with hordes of people. Great memories, still a great game.

weedman1985
weedman1985

I hope you all understand that EA doesn't care much about what customers think. If they think it's going to sell more as an FPs then it's going to be an FPS and you can't do a damn thing about it. Also, is it just me or the industry has officially run out of ideas and are busily resurrecting old franchises?

Black_Adder_
Black_Adder_

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D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

Does this mean someone will pick up Populous and Dungeon Keeper? I Bloody hope so! Awesome games im looking forward to this.

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

I still remember playing the first Syndicate when i was a kid. Let's hope they don't screw this up!

Sango_Fighter
Sango_Fighter

Finally a Syndicate MMO, they finally took my advice. I hope they create a mind control mission in which you have to assassinate another rival company's executive via mind controlled player, but the rival team will send out other agents to find the controlling player & his team must defend him while he temporary immobolized.

UnknownPerson55
UnknownPerson55

its been a long time since ive played syndicate. ill have to boot up the ancient comp and see if my games still there.

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

Awesome! Another much loved franchise that EA can bugger up! I'm sorry, I'm not one of those "EA haters", but after what they did to Command and Conquer... would be better if they leave this brilliant game alone!

lamprey263
lamprey263

I loved both Syndicate and Syndicate Wars on PC back in the day, I'm interested to see what can be done with this franchise these days. In the meantime, I wish I'd see the Syndicate games released through Steam or GOG, that would make my day.

eriktkire
eriktkire

what's next, Magic Carpet 2011? I'm going to reserve judgement until the first preview screenshots come out. I'd love to play a faithful Syndicate with modern graphics and maybe a handful of core gameplay enhancements.

Barighm
Barighm

It's gonna be a generic shooter. I know. You know it. We all know it.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

They should just have gog.com release both syndicate games.

OGKNav
OGKNav

Of all the games, I can't believe EA would pull Syndicate out of NOWHERE. That's like... a company coming out of nowhere and saying "Alright, were gonna pick up Jet Moto."

Dazza102
Dazza102

Keep it tactical.. don't turn it into an FPS. If they do turn it FPS.. In b4 someone labels it a Terrorist Simulator.

baxwam
baxwam

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VladJasonDrac
VladJasonDrac

How can they screw up something so few people know about or care about?

AdamK47
AdamK47

Revive a classic PC game franchise just so it can be sliced, diced, choped, and then ploped on a dirty console system? No thanks! I'd rather play the 17+ year old PC original.

baxwam
baxwam

This reminds me of Westwood studious when E A eat it and pooped it out and gave it to the market

azrael2514
azrael2514

I hope and pray that I will someday be able to play an up to date (graphic-wise, they can keep the gameplay the same) version of Syndicate. If they mess this up it will be yet another raping of my childhood memories similar to what the GI Joe, the new Indiana Jones and Transfomer movies did to them. Which was less a rape scenario and more violent prison gang rape torture than anything. Don't **** this up EA.