Syndicate FPS reboot deploys February 2012

Though Starbreeze's FPS reboot Syndicate was long one of gaming's worst-kept secrets, it turns out EA was waiting until development was far along before unveiling it. Though many games are announced many years before release, the publisher has revealed that Syndicate will be released really quite soon, on February 21, 2012.

EA made the announcement yesterday at a press event attended by Gamasutra. Syndicate's in development for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, though the site notes that EA didn't mention specific platforms for this date. However, unlike Ubisoft, EA is generally quite good at releasing PC editions of its high-profile AAA games alongside the console editions.

Starbreeze's Syndicate is set in a similar dystopian future to that of Bullfrog's much-beloved original Syndicate, but delivers first-person face-shooting action rather than top-down tactical fun. You'll play as a prototype cyborg agent who can use an implanted to hack into all sorts of technostuff around him. Four-player co-op is also promised.

If you fancy something more along the lines of the original, it sounds like Paradox Interactive is planning interesting things with its Cartel.