When Is Syndicate Coming Out? I’ll Tell You

By Jim Rossignol on September 28th, 2011 at 3:13 pm.

Phallic.
I’ll tell you: according to Gamasutra, it’s coming out in February of 2012. The 21st in the North America and the 24th in Europlace. That’s relatively soon! Yes it is. Also, there’s now a website for the game over here. It’s not much of a website, but it does say this: “AT THE FRONT LINE OF THIS WAR ARE THE AGENTS, THE SYNDICATE’S BIO-ENGINEERED AND CHIP-AUGMENTED ENFORCERS. THEY CAN BREACH ANYTHING IN THE WIRED DATAVERSE INCLUDING THEIR ENEMIES, THEIR WEAPONS AND THE ENVIRONMENT THAT SURROUNDS THEM, MAKING THEM THE MOST EFFICIENT AND DEADLY TECHNOLOGICAL WEAPONS IN THE WORLD. TAKE ON THE ROLE OF MILES KILO, EUROCORP’S LATEST PROTOTYPE AGENT, AND EMBARK ON A BRUTAL ACTION ADVENTURE OF CORRUPTION AND REVENGE.”

Miles Kilo. That’s his name. That’s your name. You are him.

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  1. Hoaxfish says:

    Now nobody will accuse them of jumping on Deus Ex’s coat-tails

    • dontnormally says:

      “In Syndicate, you are not one of the soldiers stuck in a bad situation, you are one of the puppet masters. You run your own company and train and deploy soldiers on missions. You are a part of the evil that’s actively destroying the world for profit.”

      http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/37207/Analysis_Is_Syndicate_A_Broad_Franchise.php

      Miles Kilo does all that?

    • Gap Gen says:

      Well, yeah. Deus Ex: Human Revolution felt very true to the original Deus Ex, and reverent of what it tried to do. This game sounds nothing like Syndicate, and removes the chilling idea of building a corporate military with abducted, brainwiped cyborgs in place of Generic Gelhair Man. So sure, it’s carving its own path in ignoring the source material.

    • Dreamhacker says:

      Damn, I was betting on them naming him “Jake Rockstone”…

    • FunkyBadger3 says:

      I dunno, Mason Gelhair works for me. Is his faithful sidekick Sydney Blackingman going to be around as well?

    • Hoaxfish says:

      Clearly as an enhanced being he should’ve been called Jimmy Gunhands

    • The Tongue says:

      Whats the bet he ends up remorseful and becomes a “good guy”?
      I hope not, but lets face the trend.

  2. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    And will he have a British partner named Kilometres Pound?

    • Kdansky says:

      It will be a metric ton of imperial success!

    • RaytraceRat says:

      And your boss is called Millilitre Tonne

    • Casimir Effect says:

      I demand true Imperial and so will call him Long Ton-Feet! Which does not sound in the slightest like a racist East-Asian name!

    • Graves says:

      And his rival on the force will be Furlong Centiliter

    • sneetch says:

      Ah, I was going to say something about how the plot was going to revolve about his brother Pound Kilo being killed by the evil-but-sexy, Italian temptress Litre Pint but I see you all have everything under control here. Carry on.

    • Muzman says:

      The bad guy will be an old crook named Rods Hogshead

    • mejoff says:

      He was going to be called YARDS GRAMME, but the publishers put pressure on the devs to think bigger.

    • Gap Gen says:

      Kevin Celcius?

    • Nick says:

      Miles are used in Britain.

    • Koozer says:

      We also use kilograms more often than the US does. Facts!

    • caddyB says:

      Nautical Miles?
      Or otherwise?

    • Graves says:

      It is somewhat silly that I seriously thought Nautical Mile is a better name than Miles Kilo.

    • Casimir Effect says:

      You can flip to a random page of a medical dictionary and find better names than Miles Kilo.

      Although I’ll grant that anyone with the surname ‘Miles’ needs to acquire the nickname ‘Nautical’ somehow. Think of the dinner party conversation it would incite, not to mention the whisperings of the womenfolk in the kitchen while the men, ol’ Nautical included, are sipping brandy in the lounge.

    • Aninhumer says:

      Guntha Hectare (area), Nail Angstrom (length)

    • Gap Gen says:

      Aeon O’Clock.

    • PoLLeNSKi says:

      Firkin Terafurlong

    • apocraphyn says:

      Foot Pound.

    • mejoff says:

      It’s an informative introduction to the character though, I really feel like we have the measure of the man.

    • Sumanai says:

      You’re getting quite the mileage from one name.

  3. Bodminzer says:

    So, which shop do you think we’ll have to preorder to get that gun? And what’s the betting it’s a different one from the one that gets you those clothes?

  4. rustybroomhandle says:

    Miles Kilo … well, his name does at least cover both metric and imperial systems.

    EDIT: @Frankie The Patrician – missed it by that much… yours is better anyway. :)

  5. codename_bloodfist says:

    Little did you know that his maiden’s name is Gram.

  6. Kieron Gillen says:

    That minigun will never fit underneath his coat. Therefore, for me, this is a true Syndicate sequel.

    KG

    • Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

      It will be if he has at least three of them…and a sniper rifle, persuatron and two gauss guns…

    • Kieron Gillen says:

      I spent about 2 years of my Stafford life riffing jokes about Syndicatemen’s coats, whilst hanging around with 3 friends, in syndicatemen’s coats.

      KG

    • Greg Wild says:

      It’s the little things, that keep you going in the Grey Midlands.

    • abigbat says:

      So long as deep voiced men throatily vocalise the weapon names at the touch of a button I’m happy.

      “Minigun. Minigun. Uzi. Minigun…”

      I don’t even care how the game plays.

    • Inigo says:

      If you wheel out that old “my brother and I mercy-killed people on fire in Syndicate” chestnut again I will kick your balls out through your mouth.

    • Gap Gen says:

      My wardrobe is augmented.

    • Man Raised by Puffins says:

      Mine is a little threadbare. Yeah, rip.

    • Kieron Gillen says:

      Inigo: Don’t worry. I was going to roll out the anecdote about the time my brother and I mercy-intercoursed your mum. There’s a general familial interest in my balls in mouth, if I remember correctly.

      KG

    • TeraTelnet says:

      Oh snap.

    • Lars Westergren says:

      Wow, the rebooted Kieron is much darker than the previous one!

  7. Will Tomas says:

    At least Sonic Team, way back in the day, did the pun properly. Miles Prower.

    Miles Kilo just sounds like someone was flipping throught the weights and measures section of the Berltiz English phrasebook.

  8. Joe Duck says:

    Sounds awful. Sounds rushed and generic. Sounds like a cash in of the old name. Sounds like a game built by committee. Sounds like a design born out of a market tendencies, Retro IP, FPS with a cyberpunk setting.
    Sounds like a no buy, to be honest.

    • Solskin says:

      Sounds like you’ve decided it’s an awful game despite knowing practically nothing about it.

    • Unaco says:

      Rushed… Yeah. Even though they’ve been working on it for at least 3 1/2 years.

    • abigbat says:

      @Solskin – this.

      Sounds like the internet basically.

    • Capt. Eduardo del Mango says:

      Not that I’m going to write the game off by any stretch, but that all-caps spiel does sound like the biggest load of trotted-out generic sci-fi bullshit I’ve heard in a while.

    • LionsPhil says:

      How dare people form early opinions based upon marketing matter released to make them form early opinions.

    • Solskin says:

      Right, well, I don’t think I contested his right to have an opinion.

      More that his opinion was based on a whole lot of nothing.

    • FunkyBadger3 says:

      Sounds like a design born out of a market tendencies

      And how is this a bad idea?

  9. Bull0 says:

    “Wired dataverse”. “Wired”. Futuristic. I know I do all my cybermancy on a wired connection.

    • Felixader says:

      Even if you have W-lan and everything up to the Wazoo, at SOME point electronic stuff is going trough cables.

  10. El_MUERkO says:

    I liked the idea from the Syndicate Wars intro that what the plebs saw was a dude with a torch :D

  11. MonkeyMonster says:

    I’m going to call him Milo…

  12. Binary77 says:

    “THEY CAN BREACH ANYTHING IN THE WIRED DATAVERSE INCLUDING THEIR ENEMIES”

    Why would the enemies be wired? Are you meant be assassinating household electrical appliances?

    • jellydonut says:

      it’s called being very artsy about referring to the persuadertron.

    • Graves says:

      If I don’t get the opportunity to breach a toaster, I will be disappointed.

    • Lars Westergren says:

      >Are you meant be assassinating household electrical appliances?

      You should have a chat with the toaster of doom in Fallout:NV Old World Blues. He loves assassinating household electrical appliances.

  13. Hentzau says:

    I can’t wait to breach my enemies.

    • LionsPhil says:

      Will breaching them cause them to breach their breeches in fear?

  14. carn1x says:

    When I first heard this was going to be another generic FPS cash-in of an existing property I was somewhat disappointed.

    But now I see I get to play a early-30′s short-dark-haired white male with stubble I’m all of a sudden intrigued.

    • mejoff says:

      Yeah, ol’ MILES KILO really does set the game apart from the herd…

    • arccos says:

      This is so, so strange. Dawn of War 2 proves there is a pretty sizable market for small-action RTS/RTTs, and they buy the license to one of the earliest real-time tacticals to turn it into a straight-up shooter.

      Have they ever been asked about DoW 2 in any interviews? I heard the market-speech about RTTs being unmarketable, but I haven’t seen anyone actually call them on it.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      Well, the decision makers at that level don’t do interviews. EA wanted an FPS. Their money, their decision.

      Oh, and consoles. DoW2 is PC-only, unsurprisingly.

  15. HeavyStorm says:

    Fuck off is what I say.

    Bring us Paradox Syndicate instead.

  16. rustybroomhandle says:

    How about Kelvin Hectopascal as the villain?

  17. MuscleHorse says:

    Fuck. This. Shit.

  18. GallonOfAlan says:

    I would have hoped that at the future time in question here, everything would be on WiFi.

  19. Tyrmot says:

    Miles is latin for ‘soldier’ so presumably this is what they were aiming for? Not sure about the ‘kilo’ part though… Maybe ‘soldier-1000′?

    • Jake says:

      Kilo sounds like Kill-Oh, so maybe they were going for miles of kills, oh.

    • vecordae says:

      “Kilo” doesn’t even mean anything in Latin. It’s derived from the Greek word “Khiloi” or something of that nature. Maybe he’s Hawaiian? Maybe they wanted something that had that “Keanu Reeves” sort of vibe to it?

  20. Jimbo says:

    So we should expect a long wait then? Ah ha ha. Ha. Huhhhhhh.

  21. sneetch says:

    Unusually direct and blunt alt-text there btw.

    Edit: slightly less so now. :)

    • LionsPhil says:

      Rats. What was it?

    • Koozer says:

      What could be a more direct descriptor than the alt-text?

      There you go.

    • sneetch says:

      I’m sure I can’t simply repeat it but on a completely unrelated issue: I’m doing a crossword and could do with some help for the last one, 4 down, five letters, P-something-N-I-S, the clue is “male reproductive organ, briefly used as alt-text for image on RPS”.

      Cough.

      Cough.

    • skurmedel says:

      Hmm. Penguinis?

  22. Lars Westergren says:

    Miles Kilo’s superior officer Cutter Slade vanished in a secret mission in 2007.

    • Llewyn says:

      Quick, call the marketing department! There’s an IP we haven’t violated yet!

    • abigbat says:

      an HD version of Outcast which actually works could be pretty neat actually…

    • Llewyn says:

      Of course it could. And an Outcast corridor shooter could be truly depressing, for me at least. While I desperately wanted to love Syndicate & Syndicate Wars (and for that matter UFO & XCOM) I just could never get into them, but I have far more emotional attachment to Outcast.

    • abigbat says:

      fair point! I was thinking a straight remake in the vein of Ico/Shadow and Halo rather than a mad spin off like this seems to be. Sadly I don’t think the IP is well known enough to float.

    • Muzman says:

      To keep the universe in balance they have to make the Outcast remake some sort of tactical turn based platformer somehow.

    • abigbat says:

      a reskinned MissionForce: CyberStorm?

  23. Joseph says:

    miles kilo? YES. SOLD.

  24. Wulf says:

    What?

    I don’t want to be named Miles Kilo.

    (Okay, I am reaching for a pun, there.)

  25. Vexing Vision says:

    So when is Cartel coming out?

  26. Sabre_Justice says:

    The description there sounds like it belongs on the back of a NES game cart.

  27. Pijama says:

    Miles Kilo.

    Miles Kilo.

    M-I-L-E-S K-I-L-O.

    Holy Buddha on a pogo stick, this type of stuff is too hilariously bad to be true.

  28. neolith says:

    Why is there Stargate shit in the background of that image?

    … and bonus points to all of you who are making fun of the stupid name – you guys made my day! :)

  29. Unaco says:

    I really wish RPS had gone for the ‘Polite Notice’ Alec used on a BF3 article a (last week or a few weeks ago) as a standard disclaimer in all their comments sections… or something derived from it.

    I’ll just say I hope this game will be good, and I think it could be good. Yes, I’d like to see a modern version of Syndicate, with the same game type as the original… which we might get from Paradox. But I’m also quite interested in seeing what they make of this… and hope that it’s a good game and successful.

  30. thegooseking says:

    This is not my Syndicate name.

  31. cluddles says:

    “That’s your name. You are him.”

    This part made me think of the Mary Whitehouse Experience. Awesomeness all round.

  32. Khemm says:

    The Fallout 3 crowd will love this.
    Most gamers are so dumb and close minded these days, not an FPS/TPS = waah outdated waah unplayable waah stuck in the past waah.
    It’s not the developers’ fault, they’re just making games so they can sell. And if your audience consists mainly of morons, make your games moron-friendly. Sound business decision. :/

    • thegooseking says:

      “I don’t get it, therefore it’s dumbed down.”

      That’s you that is.

    • Khemm says:

      Go back to your xbox.

    • Sirbolt says:

      To be fair there isn’t that much to get here is there?

    • thegooseking says:

      Go back to your xbox.

      I think you’d like Xbox Live. Then you could chat with other 14 year olds who are convinced everyone else is stupid.

      Meanwhile, we grown ups would rather have an actual discussion about the legitimacy of a thing on its own merits, rather than thoughtlessly copypasting the same knee-jerk boil-in-the-bag cynicism every time something like this is mentioned.

      I mean, if you really want to talk about people being dumb and closed-minded.

    • Khemm says:

      I get it. You’re an average 14 year old chatting with your xbox live buddies how AWESUM that FPS called Fallout 3 is. OK.

    • roxahris says:

      Don’t you mean New Vegas? Fallout 3 came out in 2008, so I doubt they’d still be talking about it now.

  33. Daiv says:

    Delayed until 2014. You heard it here first.

  34. Flint says:

    Mr Kilo reminds me of a rough-and-gruff all-grown-up version of Alex Denton.

    • LionsPhil says:

      I think it’s the hair. He’s not holding his gun sideways, though.

  35. strange_headache says:

    Wired Dataverse? In the future there are no w-lan hotspots!

  36. sinister agent says:

    ” I may be a mindless cybernetic puppet, incapable of feeling and controlled entirely by my corporate overlord, but this is personal.”

    • BobsLawnService says:

      I just want to say that I’m glad someone else saw this. They really aren’t putting much thought into this, are they?

    • DeathByIrony says:

      Wouldn’t saying “This just got impersonal” be MORE threatening? Both imply you intend to murder them. The only difference is one of them indicates your feelings have been hurt.

  37. Cross says:

    When i saw this enemy design
    http://web-vassets.ea.com/Assets/Richmedia/Image/Billboard/SS6_972.jpg?cb=1316746336

    I was just thinking somebody at Starbreeze had been having a look too many at Bioware’s Cerberus Sketches.

  38. Git says:

    In other news, classic 90′s FPS Blake Stone is to be remade as a contemporary RTS game.

  39. PatrickSwayze says:

    I didn’t ask for this.

    But I have faith in the studio, the writer and I also am very happy at the amount of hard sf and cyber punk that’s rearing it’s head in gaming again.

    It’s like the 90′s again.

    • LionsPhil says:

      I haven’t seen any hard sci-fi show up…

      </sci-fi-snobbishness>

  40. coldvvvave says:

    Is it me or did Paradox just decided to make some easy money on a grumpy WEDON’TWANTFPS community? They don’t even need to try, anti-fanbois are pretty much as blind as fanbois and pouring resources into good graphics is a blasphemy, anyway, so 2d sprites and pc speaker. Nice marketing, Fred.

    • Nameless1 says:

      It’s just you being stupid – ignorant.
      Not all Paradox games have HOI graphics.

    • coldvvvave says:

      You completely missed the point( about anti-fanbois and their blind hatred towards new Syndicate game and even more blind love for Cartel that wasn’t even revealed yet) and attacked me instead. Nice job.

    • Eightball says:

      What’s wrong with providing games people want to play?

    • Sirbolt says:

      How is their hatred blind though? I kinda feel it is quite justified, seeing as this looks really bad and all. One mag had a “Inception meets Call of Duty” blurb even. Not really promising. Oh, and what does this have to do with graphics? It seems most are angry because it is an FPS, not because it has modern graphics.

    • Unaco says:

      “What’s wrong with providing games people want to play?”.

      Nothing. This could apply equally to both this, and the Paradox ‘Cartel’ game.

  41. ninjapirate says:

    It’s named Syndicate, but it won’t end up being Syndicate. I’d like to call it paradox, but then it would be named Cartel and end up being Syndicate.

  42. Laurentius says:

    This game screams “console gaming” beastly, i feel it won’t be any good.

    • Felixader says:

      Yeah, go on. Keep on doing it.
      Keep blaming everything crap that happenes to PC Gaming blaming on consoles.
      If you repeat it often enough you may even believe it yourself.

    • Navagon says:

      The original Syndicate was released on 11 platforms. DOS was just one of them.

      The problem isn’t the fact that it’s being released on other systems. The problem is the laser-like focus on what is deemed to represent the most optimal sales-milking point. If games with regenerating health and cover sell better than those without then it must be because they have regenerating health and cover, right? If a game that holds your hand and even tells you what god damn buttons to press when you’re several hours into the fucking game sells well then clearly that’s what every game needs.

      Whether or not Syndicate will have these things has yet to be seen. But it seems very likely, as it’s following the same template of such overwhelming success stores as Homefront. It’s market analysed bollocks. Perhaps not the worst example of such things, but for me it’s the most personal.

  43. SAM-site says:

    IN THE FUTURE THE SHIFT KEY IS BROKEN.

  44. diebroken says:

    “Take on the role of Miles Kilo, Eurocorp’s latest prototype agent, and embark on a brutal action adventure of corruption and revenge.”

    Hmm, I can see it now: You, Miles Kilo, were promised “X” by wilfully becoming an agent (this wilful act is what gives you an edge over other enhanced agents). Later on though you found out you’ve been lied to (implanted memories/dreams), and it’s really all been about “Y” from the beginning. Your life has been ruined, you have nothing ‘real’ to live for, so you decide to change the world into “Z” by exacting revenge on your former employers…

  45. Tei says:

    Miles Teg is a great name.

    • mejoff says:

      And ‘Leto’ sounds a bit like ‘litre’ so the non-sequitur is connected!

    • dogsolitude_uk says:

      Wow, a first-person Miles Teg simulator, complete with Honored Matres and massive great big no-ships.

      Now that’s a game I’d like to play…

    • FunkyBadger3 says:

      If anyone can do this, Paradox can.

    • mejoff says:

      … bullet-time melee powered by food pickups? Absurdly gameable concept now that you mention it!

  46. povu says:

    Become Miles Kilo, and immerse yourself in Syndicate!

    Hmm no, that doesn’t sound very cool.

  47. vecordae says:

    Ugh. It might as well read: “You play super-secret cyber agent Sanjay Gutierrez Takashiro O’Malley Von Herschel Hectare and, in the wired future, you can hax all of TEH GIBSON, even the bits inside of your enemies.” I’m not saying the game will be terrible, but the marketing for it is something I haven’t been able to really take seriously so far.

    Also: Miles Kilo is an anagram for “So I kill me”. Obviously this game promotes suicide.

    • Mollusc Infestation says:

      It’s also an anagram of “I lose milk”. Just thought i would mention that.

  48. Lobosolitario says:

    Disposable assets don’t get names.

  49. qwiggalo says:

    WHY IS EVERYTHING IN CAPS?

  50. FunkyBadger3 says:

    Someone call ITV, I think Anonymous have escalated.