Syndicate copyrighted by EA, Starbreeze

Publisher joined with Swedish studio last June to secure rights to name of Bullfrog's classic action game.

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Back in February 2008, EA announced a partnership with The Darkness developer Starbreeze Studios to "reinvent" one of the publisher's "most acclaimed classic franchises." Operating under the internal code name Project RedLime, EA said the game will appear on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Since then, speculation has heavily favored the franchise in question to be a reboot of Bullfrog Productions' cyberpunk tactical action game Syndicate, originally released in 1993.

Starbreeze appears to be having issues suppressing the Syndicate.

Today, the most convincing evidence yet that Project RedLime is indeed a Syndicate reboot has arisen, courtesy of game-industry snoop Superannuation. As spotted by the gaming blog, Electronic Arts and Starbreeze filed a claim for "Syndicate" with the United States Copyright Office. The filing appears to have been entered into the USCO's online database on June 19, 2009, and is one of four submitted by Starbreeze with the "Syndicate" name.

Should Project RedLime indeed prove to be based in the Syndicate universe, it remains to be seen whether the game will actually make it to retail shelves. In March, EA said that it had canceled one of two projects it planned to publish from the Swedish studio. Beyond Project RedLime, EA had been working with Starbreeze to create a game based on its recently acquired Robert Ludlum license, specifically centered upon the rogue spy Jason Bourne.

Unfortunately, EA and Starbreeze were less than clear on which product had been put on the back burner. However, citing a source within EA, the LA Times reported that the halted game in question was Bourne, and not Project RedLime.

EA had not responded to requests for comment on the copyright filing as of press time.

Discussion

89 comments
Zyclobonzaron
Zyclobonzaron

They better NOT cancel any Syndicate remake! Otherwise someone's gonna be getting a visit from a team of persuadertron and plasma lance wielding agents. AND they better keep the part where you make your own Syndicate and take over the world, utilizing agent upgrades along the way. Personally I think an open world 3PS would work well. *hint*hint*nudge*nudge*

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I only hope it comes good, as this will make for quite a refreshing alternative to the current onslaught of generic FPS/TPS genre.

Yams1980
Yams1980

Look what EA did to other classic games like C&C. I don't have much hope for this.

UnknownPerson55
UnknownPerson55

6 mini-guns, a gauss gun, and, a persuadatron with full v3 armor. my agents were amazing. i hope my save data is still there lol

UnknownPerson55
UnknownPerson55

i loved syndicate on my mac performa550 back in the day. i still have it too; i should go play it. i just hope they dont butcher the remake.

itchyflop
itchyflop

i adored syndicate on the amiga 500 and then i think the ps2.. classic i hope they re make it well and capture the atmosphere of the older series.

JimboLodisC
JimboLodisC

IMHO a FPS-remake of the game would be awesome, not to knock down the RTS people but the classics will ALWAYS be good, but nowadays we're getting into the business of "how real can we make something" ... just look at the onslaught of first HDTV and now 3D HD, or look at the seemingly eternal upgrading of video card technology... if gaming stayed in a three-quarter view, a lot of us would have found better things to do with our time, like maybe playing outside... in first-person.

Syaz1
Syaz1

never heard about syndicate, but if starbreeze is working on it, i guess it will turn out good. about the jason bourne game, hmm, respawn entertainment for it anyone?

azrael2514
azrael2514

@UrbanMessiah I loved the original Fallouts and I loved Fallout 3. The big difference between this game and that one was Fallout only followed one character (the companions were all controlled by AI) whereas in Syndicate you had to simultaneously control four agents and could split up the team to send them to different parts of the map to do different objectives. I just couldn't work if they were to keep to the heart of the original and if they were to change that it just wouldn't be Syndicate. I apologize for posting so much on this board but this game is so near and dear to my heart that I really want this to be a true extension of the originals. And now that J666hul says that it's on PSN I'm really contemplating buying a PS3 just for the original.

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

I just wonder if the lot of you complaining about the possibility of a top down RTS game becoming a first person or third person style game were the same ones swearing up and down that the Fallout 3 reboot was doomed to fail and suck because it went from a top down view to first and third person? Just wait till we see more about the game, like anything. -=x

wbezuidenhout
wbezuidenhout

I'm definately keeping my eye on this, and an open mind. Syndicate was the first game I bought with my own money and it was spectacular! :) I'm prepared to accept a change in genre, but if the atmosphere, research and overall mayhem that you could cause is still there, I'm sold. Hehehe, I still remember the magazine ad slogan for the sequel, Syndicate Wars: "It's better to give than to receive", with a photo of a grenade on a white background. :D

mensan70
mensan70

Ooooooooooo!! I loved that game back in the day!!

j666hul
j666hul

JJB03, its also on the PSN network as well, if you have a PS3/PSP

j666hul
j666hul

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JJB03
JJB03

never heard of the syndicate game but by what u guys are commenting its sounds interesting when how many syndicate games were there

neogeta8
neogeta8

Loved the original and can only hope they put some effort into the (possible) remake. If its as good as the original it will be a sure-fire winner!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Remember, the original was an isometric 3rd person RTS type game, where you could manoeuvre and manage up to 4 characters at the click of a button, in addition to being able to access transport systems, i really dont see this being translated into a FPS or even a TPS for that matter, as it essential to being able to monitor and watch all your operatives at the same time, this simply wouldnt be possible witha FPS/TPS, unless they utilise a 'Brothers In Arms' Zoomed out realtime map approach maybe.

j666hul
j666hul

loved this game back in the day on my amiga 500, hope they do it justice

RyuRanVII
RyuRanVII

It'll probably be a linear and dumb FPS or a linear and dumb TPS.

kilaan
kilaan

I am guessing its going to be a FPS just like they are going to do with Xcom

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ azrael2514 whatever they do they won't please everyone I can see it ending up more 3rd person like masseffect with a bit of gta but it's still early days we will have to wait for some gameplay images to see if they've fluffed it or not I'm gonna keep my eye on this one :)

azrael2514
azrael2514

Ok. I've been thinking about this all night. How could they update the game away from the isometric view (which is exactly what they will do, which freakin sucks) and still keep the tactical aspect of the game fairly tight? The only answer I could come up with is if they were to model it after Dragon Age: Origins. I know a lot of people will hate me for saying that cuz they don't like that game but that's all I could think of. By doing it that way they will still be able to go ahead and allow you to take control of specific agents and sending them where they need to go. Also, if they were to model it after the PC version of DA:O then you could go ahead and pan back the camera to get an almost isometric view. Anyone else think of another way to do this game? Cuz an FPS will not work with Syndicate.

JimboLodisC
JimboLodisC

OMG, this will be the Game of the Decade for me if this gets made!!! Holy cow this hit me outta nowhere, if you asked me to make a list of games that I want remade, it would never have crossed my mind to put it as number 1, but I have to thank Starbreeze for reminding me of the good ol' Persuadatron days!!!

_Doomsayer_
_Doomsayer_

Mark my words, the game is going to be amazing. All that Starbreeze touches turns to gold. I'm still bummed that Bourne got canned though... I was hoping to see two games from Starbreeze soon.

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

Syndicate is one of the truly original great games. I dont want to be negative so I will simply say that I am curious of what will come of this.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

First Xcom and now this? If the reimagining of Syndicate even hints at an FPS, I will despair.

Bashers79
Bashers79

Having given it some thought, if they were going to make a shooter out of the Syndicate franchise, if they made it like GRAW it could work. Third person with you giving orders to the other three, they would have to include all the research elements from the original games like some one earlier mentioned.

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

All i want in life is a syndicate game that holds true to the original with all the research trees and and depth of the Amiga classic unlike Sndicate wars where they set it to auto:(((,deliverd in a dark Adult cyberpunk enviroment .I have dreamed about a good remake of this game for years as its still one of my all time favs .with the graphics of today just imagine how the blade runner setting would look in a GTA IV genre type of game i strongly belive this is the only way this games greatness could be fully realized in the dark gritty bloody violent world of corporate assassinations by harvested human cyborgs..DROOL!!! IMO a FPS version would be a massive insult to the legend and = a Fail @ that! remember the xcom FPS,there are already loads of great FPS flooding the market just look @ BFBC2. Syndicate was never about tactical shooting it was about indiscriminate killing of innocent bystanders and brute force to eliminate the corporate competition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgtUTMf00gU&feature=related

valsharen
valsharen

Wow! A couple of days ago I was thinking about the possibility to do a remake of the Syndicate game(s) or something much like it as a project of my own. (ofc not with that name as a title) Seem like I'm not the only one that feels it is about time for a revival :D

oosher
oosher

Also, there's no way an fps syndicate game would work, at least it'd be completely different with completely different dynamics.

oosher
oosher

Yes! That's awesome news. Syndicate and Syndicate Plus were awesome games, and this is quite strange as I was thinking of the game just a few days ago.

Bashers79
Bashers79

I really hope it won't be a FPS, the original Syndicate and then Syndicate Wars were some of my favourite games on the Amiga 1200 (that and fade to black). As a console gamer I can honestly say I hope this comes out on PC and PC only, its a top down drag n drop, point and click game designed to be played with a mouse and keyboard and thats how it should stay. I know I'm going to offend alot of my fellow consolers, but if they're going to do a remake of Syndicate then it should be done properly.

deluxed
deluxed

yeah sure, it will probably be a FPS syndicate game, BUT you can´t hate it before you´ve actually played it. this past couple of years have been the sequels/rebooting years. some of them awsome, some of them have been so bad it would have been better to sleep in a dumpster than play those games. Shadowrun was a complete failure. But starbreeze knows what they are doing and they could maybe actually pull it off and make it a worthy game.

Deano
Deano

if they are rebooting bullfrog then how about dungeon keeper 3, I can dream I guess

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

Syndicate and Syndicate Wars where both awesome games, considering what EA did to the C&C franchise... I hope they will rather leave Syndicate alone though...

Black_Adder_
Black_Adder_

Syndicate was the most epic game on PS1 - the sound effects was brilliant, gameplay was awesome, but that sound - brilliant!!! Only bad thing in here is fact that EA is reviving the game - they have a knack to fcuuk up everything they touch:(

Malhound
Malhound

Is there any way to restore the game Theme Hospital?

veeks
veeks

I want my Minigun back!

kdawg88
kdawg88

Go ahead EA, take another stab at Bullfrog's rotting corpse, you bastards.

aboghannam
aboghannam

anything from Starbreeze is welcomed

wahyudil
wahyudil

wow syndicate reboot... if this good, I'm in ...

negativeions
negativeions

@Halloll The new Syndicate IS the FPS ape game.

negativeions
negativeions

Not EA nor Starbreeze has any idea what they're doing. Nobody, for 1 second, should be looking forward to this. Anyone worth anything would tell you that the key to making a good syndicate game is to simply expand on Molyneux and gang's original idea. Syndicate is about killing tons of people. Mowing them down for your own profit. Using people like guinea pigs and human shields with mind altering technology. It's about a story of the final struggle for world domination between 2 corporations and the last remaining unguided humans. It's about strategy. In 5 seconds I came up with a more intuitive RTS UI and controls for small scale combat... It's about perspectives. What is reality really? How do I know what is real? Is this my reality? And if a man frees himself from the illusions of an indoctrinator has he now observed objective reality? In an ideal world "Syndicate Apocalypse" is an epic science fiction, horror, psychological thriller strategy game with big robots that carry big guns and let nothing get in their way. Syndicate is a metaphor and hyperbolic example of our own reality.

thepyrethatburn
thepyrethatburn

If the new Syndicate comes with a copy of the original that works smoothly for XP (and possibly American Revolt), I'd buy it regardless of any reviews for the new one.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@BurningChrome So that makes you either the sophisticated intellectual gamer who enjoys all "worthwhile" games, or simply the assuming, close-minded, abrasive insult to gamers everywhere. I'm gonna go with the second.

Halloll
Halloll

xcom and syndicate! next an fps ape game

PublicNuisance
PublicNuisance

I never played the 1993 game, but I have faith Starbreeze will bring us something good.

BurningChrome
BurningChrome

Rest assured, they'll dumb it down for the COD, Halo, casual run n gunners. The new lowest common denominator of gaming!! Tactical = "Durrrrr, why can't I knife someone??"