A reader sent in the following concerning one of my favorite games of all time:
A long time ago (in 1993 :) ) Bullfrog launch Syndicate. Since this time some projects have worked on this game.
First, the Dungeon Keeper Utilities project (Jon skeet) bring to the comunity the mean to decompress the RNC files. Then, the citybuilder project (Andrew Sampson) make a great reworking of the graphics data files. The desyndicate wiki (Marcin Olak) aims to go on the reworking.
Today, the freesynd project (many people, see their site) release a free implementation of the game. The reworking job isn’t yet finished. A lot of work could be done. I thought that we could enjoy a better implementation with a better knowledge of the original game. So i decided to go on with the reworking.
The libsyndicate project have bring a new contribution to the description of the game (see the reference doc), but there still are some mystery to discover. Our old game isn’t dead. There are a lot of idea to rewrite it with some improvement, and the activity around Syndicate show that we will soon talk of it again.
Excellent news :)