Syndicate reboot still unannounced, but here's some of the script. Maybe. Though we hope not...

So this is interesting. And by interesting, I of course mean "completely unconfirmed and potentially a bit perturbing of true". A extract of script, reportedly from Starbreeze's still unofficial, still unannounced, rumoured-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life reboot of Syndicate has popped up on Siliconera. Is it real? Does the game exist? Is the script any good? Maybe, probably, and "Weeeeeell...". Those are your answers, in that order. Read on, and I'll tell you of my worries for it with my normal rambunctious charm.

The Syndicate script, if it is to be believed to be so, seems to detail some opening exposition, as well as some scenes regarding the protagonist's origins. The good bits? It does a great job of setting up a deeply layered corporate-political cyberpunk world, in which companies act as nations and cybernetic augmentation reigns supreme. It even introduces good old-fashioned Total-Recall-style memory implants as a new must-have product (for those who can afford it).

So far, so Syndicate. The bits I'm not sure about though? Well for starters the scenes set in the main character's childhood seem rampantly set upon cuing him up as a misguided but morally-sound victim of the corporations. Parents murdered as a kid as part of Eurocorp's attempt to have his infant self for their own. Anti-corporate, rebel father gunned down in front of him. Yeah, a far cry from the original Syndicate's deliciously amoral mega-corp leaders. I fear for the sanitisation of one of the most gleefully mean-spirited games of the '90s. Oh, and some of the dialogue is more than a bit lumpen on the page.

Obviously it's impossible to tell how much the introduction of good actors will improve (or even improvise) the lines on show, and Starbreeze has always been really good in respect of dialogue before, so I'm not worrying that side of things too much yet. If indeed, any of this is real at all. Which it very well may not be.

Above: That's a Syndicate heart. A cold metal heart

But yeah, if it is then I can pretty much write the entire plot of the game right now, based on the tropes indicated in this snippet. Life-long, amoral, corporate agent fights other corporations. Discovers something weird going on with his corporation's commercial memory-chips. Maybe has one himself, maybe doesn't (OR DOES HE!?). Is suddenly plagued with dreams of his parents being gunned down in front of him as a child, which don't tie up with his "real" corporate upbringing. Are the dreams implants? Are his "real" memories implants? Was he stolen as a child, before having the incident cybernetically erased from his mind? Has his mind been hacked by anti-corporate rebels trying to get him on-side with thoughts of his fake-parents' fake-murder? Who will he ally himself to? What will he fight for? Is a man more than the sum of his memories?

Would you kindly!!!!??

Yeah. If this script is genuine, I'll put a tenner down on that being the game's plot right now. So I kind of hope it isn't. Becaus that plot is a bit boring, hackneyed, and not very Syndicate at all.

Your feelings?

May 26, 2011




  • Heyexclamationpoint - May 26, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    The problem with this script is that it'll mean that you'll be in direct control of only one guy, instead of micromanaging every detail of a squad of four, which is what made the original so fun (or frustrating).
  • habs - May 26, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    awww,brings back memories.would i buy another?you betcha
  • Rhymenocerous - May 26, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    PERSUADERTRON. UZI. MINIGUN. Takes me back to '93... Please don't mess this up.
  • Teegro - May 26, 2011 4:19 p.m.

    What we need is a proper updated version of Shadowrun then you could get all this plus magic and dragons. DRAGONS!!!!!
  • RoeTaKa - May 26, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    Obviously if it's not confirmed then there's nothing to worry about yet. But then the script could go anywhere. I mean it could be like Batman and suddenly you're in the hands of an incredibly augmented badass. Hopefully Starbreeze will be on form because Escape from Butcher Bay was a genuinely awesome game even when I played it about a year ago. Dark Athena wasn't as good but genuinely decent for the most part, great action. Then The Darkness whilst a bit odd had a good feel to it and had really enjoyable elements. With Deus Ex on the horizon Syndicate is either gonna look like a convoluted mess or a brilliant dark horse.
  • NeelEvil - May 26, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    Loved it on the SNES, not a fan of the PS1 game. The script sounds like Johnny Pneaumonic plus Deus Ex, hopefully it's a fake or an early draft which has since been fixed up.
  • Mooshon - May 26, 2011 3:52 p.m.

    God I loved this game on the Amiga. Great memories of micro-managing my little trenchcoat dudes and tooling them up. Great system of finding and researching weapons too if I remember. Would prefer a direct HD remake rather than anything completely different using the same IP ideally.
  • fourleafninja - May 26, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    I remember always losing. I always hated this game, now i get to hate it allll over again
  • ShortFuse - May 26, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    I remember my dad showing me the original syndicate when I was about 3 or 4 and thinking it was really odd. I think we had it for the Amiga or something like that. I never even realised there were rumours of a new one coming so I guess it's a pleasant surprise...Even if the plot you've created would be sadly predictable! To be honest though, I'm sure it has a cult fan base and even if it's shockingly awful they'll just be happy there's even a new one at all!

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