A modern update of isometric cyborg sim Syndicate
is presumed to be the surviving half
of a planned two-game collaboration between EA and Starbreeze Studios. As noted by Superannuation
, EA filed three new "Syndicate" trademark registrations in August concerning "video game software," "electronic computer games" and, in one case, "collectable toy figures."
Rumors of a new Syndicate
sprang up over a year ago
, and a document from the U.S. Copyright Office recently linked
name to both EA and Chronicles of Riddick
developer Starbreeze Studios. While the publisher has never made an official announcement, original Syndicate
designer Sean Cooper stated
in June 2009 that several "misguided" attempts to revisit the sci-fi franchise had been made since it debuted in the early 90s.
Fans are likely to share Cooper's skepticism, especially if the marketing department signs off on Syndicate
as a free download
exclusive to every new copy of Dante's Inferno 2: Farewell to Frying Pan.