Starbreeze 'reinventing classic EA franchise'

Chronicles of Riddick studio "deep in development" on 360, PS3, and PC game code-named Project RedLime.

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Since E.T. for the Atari 2600 embodied everything that nearly killed the gaming industry in 1983, film-to-game adaptations have frequently been viewed by the traditional gamer crowd as anathema at best. One exception to the rule was Starbreeze Studios' Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, a surprise critical darling that was heralded as one of the best games of 2004. Starbreeze followed that success with the equally cinematic and similarly well-received shooter The Darkness in 2007.

Having taken notice of Starbreeze's mounting track record, EA has decided to pass off one of its "most acclaimed classic franchises" for "reinvention" to the Uppsala, Sweden-based studio. Operating under the internal code name Project RedLime, EA said the game will appear on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

According to Starbreeze CEO Johan Kristiansson, the team is "already deep in development" on Project RedLime, though no other details on the game were revealed. EA has a number of beloved dormant franchises on its hands, not the least of which being Wing Commander, Desert/Jungle Strike, Road Rash, and Syndicate.

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123 comments
Carpe_Mofo
Carpe_Mofo

The developers of Privateer went on to make Starlancer and then later on Freelancer, all the games are very much alike. I could see a Freelancer 2 coming at some point, but I think Privateer itself is dead.

ne0man
ne0man

Syndicate Wars????

livevil999
livevil999

Top 5 out-of-nowhere guesses: Fade to Black, Ultima, SSX, Where in Time is Carmen SanDiego, and Shaq Fu... I can't wait to see what starbreeze does with Carmen SanDiego ;) P.S. @Chazmeister The MOH series is not "Dormant" or "Classic" so I'm pretty sure that's ruled out...

Tasnuv
Tasnuv

Although this game will almost certainly turn out to be System Shock 3, it'd please me to no end to see the 3rd CRUSADER.

laurajordan
laurajordan

I have it for sure now. Drum roll please..... "SPOT...The 7UP GAME"!!!!!!

Jazzism
Jazzism

*Knock* *Knock* Privateer plz!

4quarters
4quarters

I agree, I've been saying MUTANT LEAGUE FOOTBALL next gen would be AWESOME!! Totally destructible fields with crazy monsters!!!!!

Chazmeister
Chazmeister

One other major EA franchise that no has mentioned yet is the Medal of Honor series. My money is on that as Starbreeze's past track record for great games is in developing FPS's. I'm guessing EA have seen how well the new CoD4 game has done and want a piece of that action. Just think a contemporary war shooter a la CoD4 but with Starbreezes less linear and more open world approach to it. Its certainly a game I'd look forwards to.

greater_bird
greater_bird

Wing Commander!! Wing Commander!! Wing Commander!!!!

KOSTISWING
KOSTISWING

Let it be another Wing Commander masterpiece!!!!!

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

Definitely would not mind if Road Rash or Desert/Jungle Strike were brought back to life. Not really caring about the other two titles.

asdfpo
asdfpo

Yeah, leave it to us swedes to save EAs ass ^^

Grende1
Grende1

The Darkness isn't nearly as good as Riddick, IMO, but I think Starbreeze can pull this off. I actually hope it's Wing Commander. That series was great for its day.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

General Chaos pelz0r!? Anyone remember that game on the Sega Genesis?? LOVED IT!!

MortorVos
MortorVos

I would like to see a XBOX 360 EXNCLAVE 2 plz

lowkey254
lowkey254

I wouldn't mind seeing some of these games brought back to life. That's when EA was fun. They're too busy trying to make a buck.

Sion_111
Sion_111

The Chronicles of Riddick and The Darkness were great games, so lets hope this will be great too.

Lepuke
Lepuke

I wish they would bring back Mutant League Football. But as long as its not James Pond they are reviving I guess its all good.

bawathegamer
bawathegamer

that riddick game is soooooo good. the last prison quarters was insane.

skipry83
skipry83

Road Rash is an absolute must......... please EA bring it back!!!

Gen-Gawl
Gen-Gawl

I wuld KILL fr a new wing cmmander game.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

road rash or the strike series would be nice

Taegre
Taegre

I heard Molyneux say that a Syndicate sequel was in the works, but not necessarily by his team. Still, I'd sell my sould to see a return of MUTANT LEAGUE FOOTBALL!!!

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

Oh man, I miss Road Rash and Desert Strike. It hope its either one of those or System Shock 3.

mrklorox
mrklorox

Actually, now that I think of it... it's GOT to be a new MAGIC CARPET title.

mrklorox
mrklorox

OH! I hope it's a new Syndicate game. I quite enjoyed the open-ness of Syndicate Wars. The Deus-Ex universe always reminded me of the Syndicate universe. Regardless, I bet the game is an FPS. Obey the Persuadatron! I still want a Road Rash update... even if it is just an XBLA game. If GTA would just introduce melee weapons on motorcycles and bring back long stretches of highway, Road Rash would be obsoleted.

Vorador47
Vorador47

@nintendorocks. Sinse Dice are still Making Battlefield Games, with one dew soon. so it wont be battlefield

James_Bond2k3
James_Bond2k3

The notion of the name "RedLime" actually made me think of Crusader almost instantly, primarily due to the color of the Silencer's suit. As for a Wing Commander game, I too would love to see a GOOD sequel/spin-off to it or whatever, but it already has so much entries into the series it may/may not be the game they're working on. As for new Syndicate or Road Rash games, why not?

DFalcon999
DFalcon999

Battlefield is FAR too recent to qualify as a "Classic". System Shock 3 was already being tinkered on by the Godfather game team. My money is on it being a series they discarded like Ultima, Syndicate, Dungeon Keeper, Wing Commander, etc...

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

My guess is Battlefield. Just for the sake of Starbreeze being a first person shooter developer. But I'm really curious to see what they can do.

KnightsofRound
KnightsofRound

This makes me wonder just what on Earth happened to Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena.

X-RS
X-RS

yeah, my money's on system shock 3.

HiResDes
HiResDes

Hold on, does this mean that Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Athena is going to get delayed?

JGoWild
JGoWild

I would like to see Road Rash in a new form.....kind of like street biking game

geofshaka
geofshaka

please road rash funnest game ever

Telekenesis123
Telekenesis123

Heheheh, its gotta by syndicate or wing commander, id go with syndicate. Those other games dont suit their expertise. They make dark and gritty games, which syndicate suits nicely.

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

If Starbreeze has its way, whatever they produce will be a standout for all gamers alike.

Muppet_Hunter
Muppet_Hunter

@heyhamburgerpim: diablo? wrong company. WING COMMANDER PLEAZ

heyhamburgerpim
heyhamburgerpim

What about Diablo? I loved those games... or going wayyyy back to The Immortal? Those were awesome.

ninjacat11
ninjacat11

System Shock 3? Oh please let it be System Shock 3!

re4leonkennedy
re4leonkennedy

I hope its system shock 3. I never played the other 2 but Bioshock was definitely the best game of 07 in my opinon. System shock 3( if bioshock was anything like ss 1+2) would more likely be made by starbreeze than the games listed above.

alfie1980
alfie1980

WE ALL NEED SYNDICATE IN OUR LIVES!

cybergooch
cybergooch

Vambran - EA needs to stay away from Starbreeze. Vivendi Games needs to stop EA from Working / Buying out this great Dev. Where in the article did it say that EA was buying Starbreeze? Read the whole thing before jumping to conclusions. On that note, isn't EA reworking Need For Speed, trying to get back to basics on this game gone to hell?

mwa
mwa

Please tell me it's the Crusader: No Regret/No Remorse series