Felix reported on a leak, yesterday, relating to screenshots from the purported FPS Starbreeze reboot of Bullfrog's tactical masterpiece Syndicate. Today Starbreeze and EA confirmed that not only does this reboot exist, they've been working on it for 'a couple of years' and it should be out 'early 2012'.
We are excited to finally reveal what we've been working on the past couple years,' said Starbreeze's CEO Mikael Nermark. '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.'
'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,' added 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.'
Bullfrog's original was an utter classic of its time, a cyberpunk, isometric masterclass in real-time tactics. It remains to be seen whether or not Starbreeze, who have a history of making interesting shooters such as The Chronicles of Riddick games and The Darkness, can defy conservative concerns and breathe new life into this latest franchise.