Syndicate Wars alum Kickstarts spirtual successor

— 10:21 AM on June 28, 2013

Last year, EA and Starbreeze Studios released a new Syndicate game. Well, it was called Syndicate and set in a familiar universe, but the game traded the third-person isometric view of the original for a first-person perspective. According to reviews, the Syndicate revival also suffered from fairly generic gameplay. A true sequel it was not.

Fortunately, a spirtual successor is in the works at 5 Lives Studios, an indie outfit that counts Syndicate Wars alum Mike Diskett among its ranks. The game is called Satellite Reign, and a Kickstarter campaign has been launched to fuel its development. Check out the pitch video:

Satellite Reign is billed as a class-based RTS set in a "completely unscripted world." Players will apparently have quite a bit of flexibility in how they approach various challenges, and the visuals look promising. This at least feels like a proper Syndicate title. The game is being built using the Unity engine and is slated to be released for Windows, OS X, and Linux.

5 Lives is looking to raise $550,000 to fund the project. If the studio exceeds that goal and amasses $600,000 in the next 30 days, Syndicate composer and sound designer Russell Shaw will be brought onboard. Pledging as little as $20 to the project entitles you to a free copy of the game right now. If all goes well, the finished product is expected to be released by December 2014.

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