Syndicate unloading February 21

Starbreeze-developed first-person shooter reboot arrives a week after Valentine's Day in North America, February 24 in Europe.

A reboot of the Syndicate franchise was rumored for years before Electronic Arts made it official earlier this month. The publisher is moving significantly faster offering the next bit of news for the game, as Gamasutra is reporting the shooter will be out worldwide in February.

Gamers can get Syndicated next February.

More specifically, Syndicate will arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America on February 21, with a European debut on February 24. Previously, Syndicate was scheduled to arrive in all regions during early 2012. No mention was made of a release date for the PC version. [UPDATE 9/29]: EA confirmed today that the PC version of the game will arrive alongside its console counterparts.

Unlike the top-down action strategy Syndicate titles from the 1990s, the new Syndicate will be a first-person shooter that casts players as Eurocorp prototype agent Miles Kilo. In 2069, three syndicates (Eurocorp, Cayman Global, and Aspari) wage war for control of the United States. The way they wage that battle is through small groups of technologically augmented humans whose modifications allow them to slow time, hack into rival augmented agents, and otherwise work for the benefit of their controllers.

EA is attempting to provide a new take on the Syndicate formula with weapons and setting from the original game pulled into the structure of a shooter. The game will also feature four-player cooperative missions, meaning players should be able to re-create the original game's four-man commando units, albeit from a new perspective.

On top of Syndicate, Sweden-based Starbreeze is also queuing up a new intellectual property with the help of Swedish filmmaker Josef Fares. Few details are available on that project, but reports suggest the game is being handled by the same team that worked on Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Athena.

[CORRECTION]: An earlier version of this story stated that Syndicate was releasing in Europe on February 23 in Europe. We regret the error.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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71 comments
scottp61
scottp61

Its a shame that they couldn't take the strategy/gameplay of the original Syndicate and build on it, rather than just converting the story to a first person shooter. The market is oversaturated with first person shooters.

NightFox313
NightFox313

Syndicate really reminds me of RoboCop. And that's a good thing.

AlexFili
AlexFili

If it ends up like a multiplayer version of Human Revolution then count me in!

kos_maverik
kos_maverik

@Suikogaiden how can you copy from someone who copies from others?

stan_boyd
stan_boyd

Oh noez I got a thumbs down for thinking the game still looks fun even though its different. Guess I should hate on Mario games now that they aren't side scrollers and I should hate fallout cause they aren't Isometric anymore and how dare they add a cover system to Grand Theft Auto and why isn't zelda top down view anymore, man they completely ruined Zelda.

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

Just who are they trying to appeal to here? Fans of the original, or fans of shooters? In other words, it's a shooter with the Syndicate name tacked on.

stan_boyd
stan_boyd

I hope all the people who are saying syndicate will never be a decent shooter all hated FO3 as well. Personally I think this game is looking pretty cool, I like the cyberpunk setting and some of the gadgets look pretty cool. Sure I would love a game similar to the older ones, but this looks fun to. People complained about the new Deus Ex having 3rd person cover system and takedowns, but so far Deus Ex HR is probably the best game I have played in years.

stev69
stev69

Lol "its been a great experience working with EA", well he isn't likely to turn round and say man EA are a bunch of ass hats now is he.

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

I hope EA doesn't give us a half-finished game..

Chemical-mix
Chemical-mix

Wow. I was being kind in a previous comment a few weeks ago, saying that we should wait and see what EA includes in this FPS. But after seeing a few vids i'm going to go all out and curse these amateurs for bastardising one of the best games of all time. They've taken one of the most successful formulas and reduced it to a generic, overcrowded, adolescent shooter. How are these fools still in business? For shame EA, for utter, utter shame

aepervius
aepervius

I just show the trailer (google around you will find it on other PC game site). It is naturally not a walkthru trailer, or even probably not representative of the game, but it pretty damn look like your average FPS at the moment. i wasn't happy before at the idea to make a strategy franchise some sort of bastardized run of the mill FPS, but still hoped they would go deus ex like with hacking or whatnot RPG like. It really look like an FPS only. And seeing that from first trailer to release there is barely 5 months, this looks to me they will reuse a lot of assets and it will be your run of the mill FPS. I will certainly be very very cautious and wait a few weeks after release to see the various forum response/metacritic/review...

edinko
edinko

(insert any genre or game title)= FPS. EA = primitives. Activision too. the jerk in the former article called this "moving on". /facepalm/

userzero
userzero

I miss the old syndicate

jindro
jindro

for love of something u love like syndicate franchise dont make it into a fps, its like making a car out of gold, cool idea but wont work at all.

it009x9281
it009x9281

I was hoping it would be like sydicate wars where u could destroy entire cities with nuclear grenades but please not another remake a classic into an FPS:(

pszone
pszone

This is stupid because it wasnt at this years E3211 no gameplay so whatever. And you saying game out in feb EAGames your haveing a laugh really and you couldnt put this e3 show. Know to think its not a gd game and guess what i bet pp will buy old on on psn and xboxlive. Say again this not born to be a shoot em up it should born to me like a gta style game what could be better than crackdown. So im not buying it i buy old classic So EA you rush this game because sound you have.

xtrazyx
xtrazyx

@s4dn3s5 Yes you actually can do a racing game with FF franchise :D And you MUST call it "Final Fantasy Racing Club XVIII" .D The video game world is now an industry. The owners want more and more easy money so they tend to normalize the market ... sad for syndicate.

xtrazyx
xtrazyx

Stupid...stop making fps with annything !

zidan4000
zidan4000

I know what the fans feel, they are feeling bitter and betrayed, not good, not good at all for the game, it won't sell like that.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

Whoopee!! The first game I ever bought with my own money, being raped, disembowelled and repackaged as an FPS! Way to go on trying to ride the BF3/MW3 train...

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

@DiscGuru101 You want one more insult? You'll probably will have to install Origin to play this game, even if you bought it on a DVD (!). Oh, and no Steam version, of course... greedy EA.

fearospuds
fearospuds

Who cares? Choke on your FPS perversion of a classic, EA.

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

I can't help but feel this will be a rushed, nostalgia cash in. I enjoyed the old Syndicate games, they were fun and a bit different for their time. However, FPS games have saturated the market and I can't see this one doing anything fresh for the genre. Perhaps I am wrong and the fan in me will be pleased.

Un4givingAsault
Un4givingAsault

Quite the rapid release announcement considering there was no demo at the last e3 or any other game footage.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

I honestly can't expect much good from this game. It'll probably just be another average shooter. I may give it a chance.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Mix the strategy with the action FPS. There's no reason that can't work. I mean, on the SNES you couldn't pause it so the only thing that made it different to a shooter was the isometric view. If you added in team mates; the ability to pause the action to make tactical decision; TONS of RPG customisation elements such as cybernetic enhancement and adding to your team with the "persuadertron"; a great story; and of course, the research and development phases to break up the missions so they don't get stale, it could be good. Would they add all of those things? No.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Wow finally another first person shooter sucks being in a first person shooter drought ( yes sarcastic )

firehawk998
firehawk998

@baystatethrashr :- Seeing how most games have a MP aspect( though tacked on most of the time) this game will have it. Maybe Starbreeze will not make the MP and someone will. Knowing EA maybe its one of their internal studios.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

@firehawk998 I highly doubt that. Starbreeze has never made a multiplayer mode in their games. It's always tacked on and developed by an outside source.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Hmm with a game this small amount of Dev time I can gurantee you a couple of things. The games campaign will be 6 hours and the games MP ( I guarantee you this will be included ) will once again be MP based on COD with perks and classes but set in the future. In other words the game is trying to be COD( in terms of gameplay) set in the future because I see absolute no reason why on earth would they release a once classic RTS into a FPS!!!

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

Also I'd rather have this game be a great FPS (like Starbreeze's other games) rather than another lack luster RTS (like the recent C&C games).

Ivano_S
Ivano_S

Frankly, I'm quite sick of everything turning into an FPS nowadays.

strothers101
strothers101

Actually looking forward to this, really liked the theme and setting of the game on super nintendo, will be interesting to see what they come up with for this title( will FPS make it more immersive or will it destroy it ?). Now all they need to do is remake The Chaos Engine.

hellno666
hellno666

SwiftusMaximus I couldn't agree more.

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

As someone who likes both strategy games and shooters, this is still disappointing: I have more than enough shooters; I *don't* have enough solid, triple-A games in other genres. For all the complaining about "casual" gamers, a lot of the homogenization in the industry is because every game has to target the same brand of "core" gamer. Starbreeze is a solid studio, but after X-COM, I just have to draw the line somewhere. Not gonna buy (or pirate, if that's what anyone thought I'm implying) this.

SwiftusMaximus
SwiftusMaximus

Hi there evilace_stealth, A valid comment my friend, however, people like myself who are protective of this IP do not want it to be a FPS regardless of quality. Good Gaming ;)

evilace_stealth
evilace_stealth

Here we go again.. No one has played the game, it might be excellent? Then it will be an excellent tribute to a game we all love, and I'm pretty sure the guys at Starbreeze love the game aswell. Bottomline, let's just hope that Starbreeze and not EA is calling the shots on this one..

SwiftusMaximus
SwiftusMaximus

Personally not interested in supporting a butchered Franchise. Get back to me when Syndicate returns to its original IP.

Unholy123
Unholy123

Meh is about as much excitement I can feel for this... 3 to 1 the protaganist at some point realizes what he's doing is "wrong" and turns on the company ect ect ect and we get what is basically a rehash of alot of sci-fi movies plot.

el3m2tigre
el3m2tigre

EA has been publishing a lot of good games lately...

hector1313
hector1313

@BravoOneActual If I ever start a vide game business, remind me never to employ you in marketing.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@Ghoulish_Visage - You reminded me. I always felt like I was sending out synthetic agents to do my bidding. Equipping them as strategically as possible. Guiding them from a birds eye view. -This is the exact opposite feeling to a FPS.

Poidad
Poidad

@BravoOneActual How is that a fact? Just curious where this information is that strategy games or RPG's are obsolete. Isn't Wolrd of Warcraft one of the highest sold games? It's an RPG, also just wondering how many people pre ordered Skyrim, I bet it was or is alot.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

"No mention was made of a release date for the PC version." Oh I see. This is insult added to injury.

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Wake up and smell the "now" everybody! Obsolete genres are obsolete! I personally would like to see a Starcraft, Diablo, Sims or Total War FPS, myself and as a matter of fact, I think all those series would benefit by moving on from their outdated mechanics. Not and opinion here folks. I'm just stating the facts, so don't kill the messenger.

maestrocrone
maestrocrone

Oh yes! If you are going to revitalize an old classic strategy game, why not turn it into some linear, dull, play-once-and-sell, FPS?! Its not like there is something else out there now that resembles the original "build an army and go fight for world domination"-play style (Total War, Civ...) No! Let's do what everyone else is doing without any chance of competing with the big guns like BF3, MW3, and the best of them all Duke Nukem Forever (yeah that went well....). As an old, and now, bitter, gamer i feel if you cant respect the old classics enough to stay true to what made them great, during a remake, let them rest in peace. Why not just make a new FPS with some crappy mainstream story? Didnt George Lucas and Steven Speilberg teach us enough with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Flowers of Happiness to You all!

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

My concern is about the story. Starbreeze loves to focus on story and make that such an integral part of the experience. I just don't know what to expect besides a solid FPS (hopefully.)

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

What is wrong with just making a new strategy game? When square tried this with front mission it was a horrible flop, this will be as well

Ghoulish_Visage
Ghoulish_Visage

Starbreeze makes good FPS games, and this will probably be a good FPS. Does not mean they had to turn Syndicate into one. This seems to have lost almost everything that made the original Syndicate great, including the fact that you played as one of the evil shadowy figures in control of the cyborgs, not as a generic cyborg soldier.