This year's Syndicate reboot may be one of the
last AAA titles to come from Starbreeze Studios for some time, as the
Swedish developer has announced plans to focus its efforts on a new,
free-to-play project called Cold Mercury.
Gamesindustry.Biz reports the studio, whose past projects include 2007's The Darkness
and the Chronicles of Riddick series, is currently seeking publisher
support for its yet-to-be-announced project. However, studio CEO
Mikael Nermark stated the shift to freemium development is not
necessarily a permanent strategy, explaining, "Starbreeze
will not leave the AAA segment ... We are discussing with several
leading game publisher on publisher financed games, but we will
broaden our product portfolio of games in the new business models and
segments that have arisen in the games industry. I am convinced that
Starbreeze will be successful with the new games."
Starbreeze is also seeking distribution for a game codenamed P13,
which it has been developing in collaboration with Swedish director
Josef Fares. Little is known of it or Cold Mercury.
of Starbreeze's free-to-play intentions comes one month after the
studio shed its workforce by 25 staff following the completion of its
Syndicate reboot for EA. For what it's worth, Syndicate scored
decently in our own Syndicate review, and has apparently fared well
with other critics, landing a 73 average on Metacritic. We look
forward to hearing more about Cold Mercury, and seeing how Starbreeze
plans to make its mark in F2P market.