The future will be imperfect. All great science fiction shows this, from the ever-widening wealth disparities of Neal Stephenson, through the anthropological miscommunications of Ursula Le Guin to the consumerist, drug-addled dystopias of Philip K. Dick. Technology won't fix all our problems, change won't always be positive and progress is a subjective concept. Tomorrow won't be easy.
Satellite Reign knows this. It also reflects this well. All too well. Its sodden, cyberpunk streets are tracked by world-weary citizens struggling to get by in a world controlled by corporations, patrolled by paramilitaries. Life is cheap, crime is common and one of those ever-growing causes of crime is you. With your four-person squad of hackers and assassins, you take on The Man, whether in the form of global banking or the military-industrial complex.
Satellite Reign, a kind of spiritual successor to Syndicate Wars, will be released 28th August 2015.
It's been playable as an incomplete, in-development Early Access game for several months. We wrote excitedly about it in December last year.
The release date announcement coincides with the arrival of a content-complete beta build today. All of the game's missions are available - as in, there's a full campaign.
You'll know when the future finally gets here. You'll know, because it will probably coincide with someone you love being killed by a door.
Satellite Reign, the Syndicate spiritual successor successfully Kickstarted by the lead designer of Syndicate Wars, is out now on Steam as an Early Access title.
Like the original Syndicate games, Satellite Reign is a sci-fi real-time strategy game in which you control a squad of four agents in a dystopian cyberpunk city, but what makes this different is the addition of a class-based system.
The project is the work of Mike Diskett, who was the lead designer of Bullfrog's 1996 Syndicate Wars. Indeed, the Satellite Reign name is a nod to a popular weapon in that game.
This is what Syndicate Wars spiritual successor Satellite Reign looks like in action.
One of the creators of Syndicate Wars has launched a Kickstarter for a spiritual successor that looks set to please fans of the classic real-time strategy series.