Syndicate debut trailer gets into your head

The first trailer for Starbreeze's FPS reboot of the Syndicate series has arrived, with a fine display of mindhacks, melee moves, and man-shooting.

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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.

The trailer shows hacking into enemies' heads and commanding them to do terrible deeds, melee moves, zipline infiltration, amateur surgery, and, of course, grim dystopian environments. FPS melee can be difficult for developers to pull off, but with The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena's pleasing stabbing and tentacle-y swipes in The Darkness, Starbreeze has experience in the field.

Publisher EA has also released a second round of screenshots.

While there's little that can help if an enemy hacker gets into your head, if the trailer's soundtrack by dubstep wobble bass abuser Skrillex is stuck in that noggin of yours, you can download it simply by 'Liking' Syndicate on Facebook.

As revealed earlier this week, Syndicate is headed to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on February 21, 2012.

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    September 29, 2011 6:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Syndicate debut trailer gets into your head.

    The first trailer for Starbreeze's FPS reboot of the Syndicate series has arrived, with a fine display of mindhacks, melee moves, and man-shooting.

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      September 29, 2011 6:47 AM

      Shack HiveMind©, I beseech thee: may I be allowed to like this yet?

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        September 29, 2011 6:49 AM

        love the game, hate the name

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          September 29, 2011 7:00 AM

          That's pretty much how it works. I am glad for what looks to be a cool FPRPG in the making, but I am not glad for Syndicate having to be sacrificed in order to get it.

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            September 29, 2011 8:31 PM

            lol, sacrificed ??

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              September 29, 2011 10:06 PM

              Yeah, why does Syndicate have to not be Syndicate anymore just so some producer dickhead at EA can have the extra "not a new franchise, honest!" bullet point to help him justify a cyberpunk fps he wanted to make?

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        September 29, 2011 6:58 AM

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          September 29, 2011 7:33 AM

          The younger you would think the new Syndicate is the cooelst thing he had ever seen, no question.

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            September 29, 2011 9:36 AM

            I think my head would have exploded if I was suddenly witnessing an almost 20 year jump in technology. Shit, I'm playing through Doom 3 again and ogling at how cool the graphics are!

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          September 29, 2011 12:01 PM

          Trustful answer?

          My younger self would have said "What the hell is this crap?". Keep in mind, I played the original Syndicate a few years after its actual release, so I wasn't a tot or anything.

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          September 30, 2011 4:17 AM

          The younger me would say, hold on a sec I need to finish this mission and convert 2 new agents.

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        September 29, 2011 7:52 AM

        You most certainly are.

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      September 29, 2011 7:05 AM

      skrillex.

      really.

      yeah, no fucking way.

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      September 29, 2011 7:05 AM

      I like it. The sound track makes the trailer.

      BTW let me take a moment to say I love the pegi announces voice. I don't know why.

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      September 29, 2011 7:18 AM

      Deus Ex on roids and meth? I could be persuaded to try that...

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        September 29, 2011 8:27 AM

        Totally sign me up now, not to mention Starbreeze Studios is doing it and that's more than enough for me they rule.

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        September 29, 2011 2:18 PM

        definitely got a more badass Deux Ex feel

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      September 29, 2011 7:41 AM

      trailer looks awesome.

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        September 29, 2011 8:11 AM

        Agreed.

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        September 29, 2011 9:00 AM

        I'm kind of on the fence but leaning positive.

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        September 29, 2011 1:15 PM

        It looks nice, the music is nice but I don't like the woman voice. Way to upbeat/cheery for my tastes

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      September 29, 2011 7:57 AM

      FoV will be too low for a 15" 4:3 screen and either unmodifiable or broken if not. Make me eat my words, Starbreeze. Fixa det här nu för fan.

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        September 29, 2011 9:07 PM

        are you joking about that screen? i hope so.

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      September 29, 2011 8:39 AM

      I'm impressed. Looks to have the right tone and setting.

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      September 29, 2011 8:48 AM

      I'm in.

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      September 29, 2011 8:51 AM

      Ok, after auctally watching the trailer with the sound muted (played HyperPower! instead) it dosen't look that bad.

      But why Syndicate and not their own IP?

      Also why skrillex and Miles Kilo

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      September 29, 2011 8:58 AM

      trailer looks cool enough. interest somewhat raised. still sceptical though!

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      September 29, 2011 9:08 AM

      Looks cool

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      September 29, 2011 9:42 AM

      Well, that was badass. Very interested now, and I'm a recovering Syndicate Wars junkie. Kind of makes me wonder if I liked the game (SW), or if I was simply in love with the techno-noir tone and atmosphere, which they seem to have nailed in this new game.

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      September 29, 2011 9:46 AM

      hot! the music brings me way back. I already want the soundtrack and judging by the trackrecord of starbreeeze this game should be great as well.

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      September 29, 2011 11:13 AM

      Just don't name it Syndicate and all is well. Getting a wannabee DXHR game vibe, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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        September 29, 2011 11:19 AM

        My feelings the same. very cyberpunk/ghost in the shellish.

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      September 29, 2011 11:22 AM

      Hypest trailer I've seen in a long time. The combat looks immensely fun and varied which will be the main selling point for me. I knew Starbreeze wouldn't disappoint. And we've not an age to wait for it too! Shun the curmudgeons!

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      September 29, 2011 11:30 AM

      Does anybody know the name of the song?

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        September 29, 2011 10:13 PM

        It mentions it in the youtube video, its Syndicate (by Skrillex)

        Apparently if you like the game on facebook you can download the track for free ( there should be a link in the youtube vid )

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      September 29, 2011 12:05 PM

      How is that syndicate?

      Its Killzone. Dont get me wrong i like Killzone but FPS is not what syndicTe needed fr a rivival.

      Fast paced linear shooters are dead to me, it might have worked as a 3rd person tactical game but not like this

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        September 29, 2011 1:01 PM

        What the fuck happened in your second line there?

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      September 29, 2011 1:07 PM

      lol, wub wub wuuuuub

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      September 29, 2011 2:00 PM

      I'm still not really keen on them going the FPS route, but I will admit this looks pretty cool.

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      September 29, 2011 2:19 PM

      Starbreeze delivers again!

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      September 29, 2011 2:33 PM

      As long as I leave the game feeling like a genuinely horrible person, used and manipulated by genuinely more horrible persons, I'll approve. Hrm, EA title, guess I'll be playing it on a console.

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      September 29, 2011 2:58 PM

      Imma buy this

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      September 29, 2011 3:20 PM

      SELECTED SELECTED SELECTED SELECTED SELECTED SELECTED SELECTED

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      September 29, 2011 3:26 PM

      Needs more minigun and persuadeatron

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      September 29, 2011 7:30 PM

      I feel so dirty. What is EA turning me into. I wasn't going to buy Battlefield 3 because of Origin, nor Syndicate because its an FPS, but dammit... PRE-ORDERED =(

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      September 29, 2011 9:07 PM

      Finally watched it. I am intrigued, looks kinda cool!

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      September 29, 2011 9:56 PM

      i'm late to the game but i just learned it has 4-player co-op o_O

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        September 30, 2011 4:18 AM

        Yes. Now for single player they should just allow you to switch into your converted side-agents, like in Hidden & Dangerous where you could switch from one guy to another and take control of him.

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