With the end of 2011 quickly approaching, gamers are preparing for the wealth of strong AAA titles that lie on the horizon. First person shooter fans in particular have a lot to be excited for. Among the massive releases slated for the coming months, nostalgic gamers will be happy to hear that they also hold the release date for the upcoming reboot of the popular sci-fi series Syndicate.
What started as a simple trademark registry over a year ago, Syndicate has come quite a distance in such a short time. Despite garnering the interest of industry heavy-weight Peter Molyneux and being touted as developer Starbreeze Studios’ “biggest project yet“, this upcoming title has flown under most gamers’ radar.
Having just been officially announced less than three weeks ago, publisher Electronic Arts has announced that the game will be launching in North America on February 21, 2012 and on February 24 in Europe. This is a bold move on the part of both EA and Starbreeze. For a game that has kept such a low profile, it seems hasty to release the game so quickly, especially with so many massive titles on the way.
With less than half a year standing between the game’s announcement and launch date, it is entirely possible that the majority of the game’s development took place before it was revealed to the public. Like any underdog in a market flooded with titles, generating hype for the title over the next few months should be a top priority. Regardless of the game’s quality, making their title stand out will be an important task for EA and Starbreeze going forward.
Despite being a reboot though, Syndicate seems to be quite the departure from the past titles in the series. While its roots are planted in that of isometric real-time tactical games, the new title will instead be a first person shooter. Even so, Starbreeze will be bringing back the series’ “signature action/espionage gameplay”. Only time will tell if this new title can do the venerable series justice though.
Are you interested to see what Starbreeze does with this established series? What aspects of the original games would you like to see implemented?
Syndicate is set to hit shelves in North America on February 21, 2012 and in Europe on February 24 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.