The forever-rumored reboot of EA's Syndicate franchise, originally created by the defunct Bullfrog Productions in 1993, is real. First gameplay details and a handful of screen shots have just allegedly leaked from Electronic Arts' Origin store, giving us our first glimpse at developer Starbreeze's new game.
While the original Syndicate was a real-time tactical game played from an isometric view, the new Syndicate is—unsurprisingly—a "visceral first-person shooter experience," according to the game's description. Set in the year 2069, Syndicate puts players in a world "no longer governed by politicians," but "divided up into regions controlled by megacorporations known as Syndicates."
"These Syndicates have revolutionized how the consumer interacts with the digital world," reads the game description. "No longer does the consumer require a device to access the world's data and control their technology, they can do this at the blink of an eye via neural chip implant."
Business has become war in Syndicate, with "bio-engineered and chip-augmented enforcers" at the front line. Players will assume the role of Miles Kilo, an Agent of the Syndicate Eurocorp.
EA and Starbreeze tout "chip enhanced gameplay" that lets players slow time, see through walls and "interface directly with the Dataverse." It all sounds a bit like another recent sci-fi video game revival, Deus Ex: Human Revolution—which may not be such a bad thing. Read the game's full (and still unconfirmed) description below.