EA and Starbreeze have announced Syndicate, a sci-fi FPS due for release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in early 2012. According to EA the game will deliver a unique and brutal shooter experience set in the not too distant future - 2069 to be precise. Players will take on the role of Miles Kilo, a prototype agent working for Eurocorp, and take part in unique four-player co-op levels.
"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."
Syndicate is set in a world run without government oversight and with numerous syndicates vying for dominance of their market place - Eurocorp, Cayman Global, and Aspari are at the forefront of this war for control.
In Syndicate's world players aren't limited to the weapons on their hands, thanks to the DART 6 bio-chip agents have embedded in their heads. With this players are able to slow down time and hack into the digital world to take down enemies.
"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."
Syndicate for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC is due for release in early 2012.
While hardcore Syndicate fans are probably already planning to boycott EA, this sounds pretty good to me. Starbreeze is a developer capable of delivering brilliant next-generation visuals so hopefully Syndicate will have the gameplay to match - even if it is breaking from series tradition and going first-person.