September 13, 2011

Syndicate Revival Just Another Deus Ex?

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Electronic Arts finally confirmed the new project Deus Ex: Syndicate...oh, no wait a second...it's just Syndicate. Actually, it's the reboot of the classic tactical cyberpunk-future action series developed by Bullfrog (and Peter Molyneux) in 1993.

And surprise, surprise: it's going to be yet another ego shooter with the look of Deus Ex: Human Revolution set in a generic dystopian future world and all the other stuff you've seen in about 523 other futuristic ego shooters by now. Here's the story, taken from the press release:

Set in 2069, Syndicate takes players into a dark, Machiavellian world run without government oversight with many syndicates vying for total dominance of their local market place. With no one to question their intentions or actions, three mega corporations – Eurocorp, Cayman Global, and Aspari – are at the forefront of this brutal war for control of the pivotal American market. In the world of Syndicate, everything is digitally connected, including the people. Players aren't limited to the weapons in their hands. Through DART 6 bio-chip technology implanted in their head, players can slow down time and breach the digital world around them to take down their foes using a variety of upgradable hacking mechanics. Syndicate's blend of fast-paced, futuristic, action shooter settings and story combined with innovative chip breach gameplay instantly immerses players in a unique digital world.

A little hope remains in the fact that the game will be developed by Starbreeze, who scored some fame with the Chronicles of Riddick games and The Darkness. But please have a look at the original game below and tell me: did they really have to turn it into 3D action blam blam?

Syndicate – Gameplay (1993)

I'd say no.

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