May 23rd, 2007 by Crusader

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 :)

3 Responses to “Syndicate!”

  1. Hohlraum Says:

    So awesome. great game. hope they keep at it.

  2. Thunor Says:

    I never really got into Syndicate. I bought the game with the expansion on budget in one of those really thick CD cases.

    Is the focus of this news item Syndicate in general or the release “today” of freesynd. The last release of Freesynd was 2007-04-24.

    I downloaded the zip and built the source and it worked except for :-

    SDL_Mixer error: Module format not recognized
    Message: Failed loading music from file

    I got sound but no music so I guess the problem is with mp3 playback.

    Freesynd is GPL but the zip includes the Syndicate data files.

  3. Crusader Says:

    Syndicate in general since that’s what the reader sent in; and yeah, re-distribution of the original game data files isn’t kosher…

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