This weekend details and screenshots leaked for an upcoming reboot of Syndicate. Today EA confirmed the game's existence and revealed the platforms and release window.

A reinvention of Syndicate is in development at Starbreeze Studios, the company behind The Chronicles of Riddick and The Darkness. Unlike its predecessor, it's a first-person shooter rather than a strategy game. Players step into the shoes of Miles Kilo, a deadly Agent for a megacorporation.

“We are excited to finally reveal what we’ve been working on the past couple years," says Mikael Nermark, CEO of Starbreeze Studios. "It's been a great experience working with EA, and an amazing opportunity for us to use our expertise in the first person shooter and action genres to bring back, and reignite, the signature action/espionage gameplay of Syndicate."

Syndicate takes place in the middle of the 21st century. Ruthless megacorporations, free from government oversight, openly battle each other for dominance. At the front line of this conflict are Agents, armed enforcers implanted with DART 6 bio-chip technology. These chip augmentations allow players to slow down time and hack electronics.

"Our goal with Syndicate is to provide a challenging action shooter for today’s gamers as well as fans of the original. I’m sure they will enjoy and recognize the legacy that made it such a classic," says Jeff Gamon, executive producer at EA Partners. "Fans of the franchise will recognize many weapons and environments in the game, but in a whole new way. The game also provides a separate and deep 4-player co-op mode featuring missions from the original cult classic, which adds another layer of depth to the overall experience."

Syndicate will be released in early 2012. It's being developed for the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360.

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