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EA's old IP revivals undaunted by Syndicate disappointment

EA's old IP revivals undaunted by Syndicate disappointment

Having sat on large chunks of its back catalogue for several years, EA has recently started digging up old properties and bringing them back. It didn't work out so well for Starbreeze's FPS reboot Syndicate, EA Labels boss man Frank Gibeau has said, but that hasn't put EA off its necromancy.

Read more: SSX revival was "very successful" »

"So we have to deal with worse off DLC efforts from those greedy pigs? No thanks. I'd rather deal ..."
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Some Syndicate players report freezing, EA responds

Some Syndicate players report freezing, EA responds

Some Syndicate players have complained of game freezes, particularly on the Xbox 360. EA tells Shacknews the team is working on the problem, but in the meantime it offers a quick fix users can take to mitigate the issue.

Read more: Possibly a conflict between Party Chat and in-game chat »

"Well WHO CARES ABOUT XBOX360. The game FOV is SO SO BAD like 50 or 40 no idea that it is ..."
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Syndicate won't use an online pass

Syndicate won't use an online pass

Unlike many of EA's other games, Syndicate won't use an Online Pass system, the publisher has confirmed. Partners titles, like Syndicate and Crysis 2, aren't required to carry one. The move is being touted as a means of encouraging players to try out all of the game's features, including its co-op play.

"We want as little resistance or barriers to entry as possible," EA Partners executive producer Jeff Gamon said.

Read more: 'We got away with it' due to lack of competitive multiplayer »

"Er, that first line should read Pass not required for install. I was trying to do a little ..."
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Syndicate classic hitting GOG this week

Syndicate classic hitting GOG this week

The Syndicate reboot is due next month, bringing some radical changes to the series for long-time fans. If you've never played the classic Syndicate complete with its isometric perspective, Good Old Games will give you that chance starting on Thursday.

Read more: Contests for free Syndicate »

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Syndicate 4-player co-op demo coming late January

Syndicate 4-player co-op demo coming late January

Syndicate is launching in February, but you'll have a chance to preview it alongside friends later this month with a co-op demo. It features one full mission, putting players in the shoes of Wulf Western. The goal is to infiltrate a competing syndicate, Cayman Global. Once there, you'll have to assassinate Colonel Enrico Gabron, steal some blueprints, and high-tail it back across the Atlantic with his people in tow.

Read more: Limited time demo on PSN and XBLM »

"I feel that everyone got shafted because they are making it an FPS. Also, FPS's on consoles ..."
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Syndicate trailer introduces co-op squad

Syndicate trailer introduces co-op squad

As Starbreeze's FPS reboot Syndicate limbers up for launch, a new trailer showcasing its co-op mode presents a handy opportunity for cyberpunk fans to settle in advance an important question: which character will you play?

Watch: Meet the squad »

"For some reason, this game has Dev Abuse written ALL over it.. :("
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Starbreeze working 'long days and nights' for Syndicate deadline

Starbreeze working 'long days and nights' for Syndicate deadline

Starbreeze's Syndicate reboot came out swinging with a February 21 release date, then actually had the audacity to move it even closer. That has put the developer into "blitzkrieg" mode according to executive producer Jeff Gamon, but the studio leadership is staying positive despite the long hours.

Read more: 'This is the exciting phase of game development' »

"It seems like lots of software projects end up this way. I remember having to deal with that, ..."
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Syndicate refused classification in Australia due to gore

Syndicate refused classification in Australia due to gore

Though Australia is finally working on implementing an 'adults-only' rating for video games, it's moving slowly, and another game has been effectively banned down under for now. The victim this time is Starbreeze's FPS reboot Syndicate, singled out for gore, dismemberment, mutilating corpses, and killing civilians.

Read more: Gruesome descriptions of the troublesome content »

"Hopefully they'll do what Sega did with AvP3 and refuse to self-censor the game. Australia ..."
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Syndicate preview

Syndicate preview

Who knew violence could be so... sexy?

Starbreeze's upcoming Syndicate reboot is the beautiful blonde girl in the club. Even surrounded by dozens of other games at a preview event last week, it commanded my attention. Although a FPS, it managed to look unlike any other game on show. Controller in hand, I couldn't help but be impressed by how stylish it looked, how smoothly it played, and how polished everything was.

I can't wait to get a second date with Syndicate, but I'm afraid that behind the beauty, there's might be no brains.

Read more: Not a thinking man's shooter »

"lol console controllers for fps games what the fuck is with that....."
- landaishan    See all 30 comments


Syndicate trailer shows tools of death

Syndicate trailer shows tools of death

The Syndicate reboot is moving the series into FPS territory, meaning you'll be spending a lot of time looking at the game's weapons. EA's new trailer highlights some of the tools of the trade, and shows off the weaponry with brutal aplomb. The soothing lady-robot voice that narrates the video is almost enough to make you forget she uses phrases like "harbingers of doom."

Watch: Agents racking up a high bodycount »

"Wow graphics look great. This just got put on my to get list for my new PC. "
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Syndicate trailer shows 8 minutes of co-op

Syndicate trailer shows 8 minutes of co-op

Eight minutes of co-op action from Starbreeze's Syndicate are on show in a new gameplay trailer, giving a peek at how missions from Bullfrog's original game are being reimagined for the FPS reboot. Here's a hint: it involves guns.

Watch: The co-op squad deployed to New England »

"seemed a bit...soulless. I've been digging a lot of the media prior to this. But the gameplay ..."
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Syndicate trailer shows co-op corporate warfare

Syndicate trailer shows co-op corporate warfare

While Starbreeze's rebooted Syndicate FPS may not be a squad-based tactical affair like the original games, you'll be able to somewhat pretend you're recreating them in its four-player co-op mode. Publisher EA today released a new trailer and screens of Syndicate's co-op, so boot up your augmented reality implants and start tuning your drug glands for self-deception.

Watch: Co-op action and another remixed tune »

"Quite a few of the staff and founders left in 2009 to form Machinegames. Not sure if the ..."
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Syndicate release date pushed up; 11-minute gameplay trailer released

Syndicate release date pushed up; 11-minute gameplay trailer released

We were surprised when EA announced a February 21, 2012 release date for the just-announced Syndicate. It's pretty rare for a games publisher to start cranking the gears of marketing so close to release. Well, it appears the gears are going to turn a bit faster, as EA has announced Syndicate's release date has been pushed forward.

You'll now find Starbreeze's FPS take on the franchise available on February 12th.

Watch: 11 minutes of gameplay »

"Nice post. I think this is exactly the way one should approach this game."
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Syndicate debut trailer gets into your head

Syndicate debut trailer gets into your head

A dystopian cyberpunk new FPS from Starbreeze Studios certainly sounds exciting, but Syndicate's use of the beloved vintage real-time tactical Bullfrog property causes some to pause. The debut trailer has just launched, so have a watch and see if it's looking good enough for you to set aside your curmudgeonly ways.

Watch: Mindhacks, melee attacks and man-shooting »

"Yes. Now for single player they should just allow you to switch into your converted side-agents, ..."
- Lukiopimp    See all 60 comments


Syndicate FPS reboot deploys February 2012

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.

Read more: Jack in, cyberpunks »

"Syndicate was pretty brown. It was the Quake is brown joke before Quake existed."
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