The Bullfrog title was "such a classic," and there's "scope to remake it," he says. Going down the "strategic route" better on PC and mobile than console.
"The original was such a classic. There is scope to remake it," declared executive producer Jeff Gamon at EA Partners. The remake of the Syndicate IP had long been rumoured to be at Starbreeze but EA kept a tight lid on the project.
"But I don't think it necessarily has to be exactly the same genre. If we did there are probably other platforms which are more suitable for it than the consoles we're making it for, if we wanted to go in that more strategic route, that perspective."
"I would love to see Syndicate as a true franchise again, bringing it back and expanding it out onto whatever platforms it's suitable for," he continued.
"There's loads of potential," Gamon believes. "We're not limited at all. But that's purely speculative at this point." The original game from Bullfrog was an isometric real-time strategy game with a squad of agents and required some tactical cunning.
Starbreeze's Syndicate reboot is a first-person shooter with a four-player co-op mode, which was included as a nod of respect to the Bullfrog creation and vision.
"Syndicate was a classic franchise and brand, but it's been a long time since it's been out there. A lot of today's gamers don't know it. So we need to go out there with a game, with a brand, and establish that brand and just take it from there," said Gamon.
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There's "scope to remake" classic Syndicate, "purely speculative"
24 October 2011 | By Simon Priest