It was the summer of 2010 when Electronic Arts was found to be registering trademarks for “Syndicate,” but we didn’t know at the time what it had to do with Peter Molyneux’s 1993 game of the same name from Bullfrog Productions.
It was over a full year until it was confirmed that Starbreeze Studios was working on a remake of Syndicate, albeit in a totally different genre. Gone is the top-down tactical game and in is a first-person shooter that looks reminiscent to Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The game features a four-player co-op mode that will soon be available as a demo and EA wants you to take a look.
Again, similar to Deus Ex, Syndicate throws players into the near future where massive corporations (syndicates) now govern the world. People interact with technology for day-to-day tasks via an implanted chip, a chip that corporations can use in all of the wrong and corrupt ways imaginable.
War is fought between the corporations with the help of elite, bio-engineered agents and this is where the player comes in as elite prototype agent named Miles Kilo who can hack, access and make use of any tech and weapon, including other people with implants.
Starbreeze’s Chronicles of Riddick games were solid first-person shooters with great visuals and innovative, interactive first-person gameplay. They’re the best at delivering that up close and personal style, and the gameplay videos so far showcase a great use of it in Syndicate which has sold on giving it a shot, especially with it adding a four-player co-op mode. The co-op demo comes towards the end of this month.
The Syndicate co-op demo will feature one of the nine missions in the game, all of which can be played with up to four players and many of which have been reimagined from the original hit game. In this mission called Western Europe, gamers must team up and infiltrate Cayman Global, assassinate Colonel Enrico Gabron, steal his technology blueprints and force his people back across the Atlantic. The odds of success look promising with Cayman Global badly weakened after their war against Eurocorp, but it won’t come easy. The Syndicate co-op demo will be available worldwide for a limited time on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the PlayStation Network.
Enjoy the dubstep style of the trailer? Check out the previous Syndicate trailers:
Syndicate releases February 21, 2012 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
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