Electronic Arts’ legal team has been busy snapping up trademarks revolving around the name Syndicate, indicating that Bullfrog’s classic strategy series may be due for a makeover. Close inspection of the filings gives a strong suggestion that EA is planning on a downloadable release, with one listing for “computer game software; downloadable computer game software via a global network and wireless devices; video game software” and another laying claim to “entertainment services, namely, providing an on-line computer game; provision of information relating to electronic computer games provided via the Internet.”
Starbreeze Studios, the Swedish developer behind The Chronicles Of Riddick and The Darkness, appears to be the creative force behind the new game, which looks set to end a near fifteen-year hiatus since the last entry in the Cyberpunk-themed series. If we do end up with a download-only title rather than a full retail release, it’ll be interesting to see whether the isometric perspective of the original Syndicate remains in place or whether Starbreeze decides to push the franchise into three dimensions. Indeed, with EA yet to officially announce the project, it’s too early to say if we’re dealing with a true sequel or a spruced-up HD reboot of one of the earlier games.
No doubt, all will become clear in the coming weeks, although quite what’s to be made of a third trademark recently filed by EA is anybody’s guess. The eager publisher has also snapped up the Syndicate-based naming rights to “board games; collectable toy figures; hand held units for playing electronic games other than those adapted for use with an external display screen or monitor; modeled plastic toy figurines; playing cars”. Perhaps strategy fans can look forward to playing Syndicate on the DS or the PSP… or maybe we can all look forward to playing Monopoly: The Eurocorp edition with our families this winter.
Source: Industry Gamers