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Let me help with Syndicate remake, says Molyneux

BAFTA Fellow says he wants to be involved in mooted EA revamp of Bullfrog games

Peter Molyneux is keen to offer EA's developers advice should the publisher remake Bullfrog classic Syndicate for modern consoles.

As founder of Bullfrog, Molyneux was heavily involved in the creation of the 1993 sci-fi title, as well as other much-loved Bullfrog games from the period including Theme Park and Magic Carpet. However, EA still owns the IP to all Bullfrog titles despite shutting down the UK studio in 2004.

Rumours abound that EA may be revisiting some of those titles for modern day remakes - most particularly Syndicate - but nothing has been confirmed by the publisher.

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EA Games boss Frank Gibeau told fans via CVG last week that the firm was still "very cognisant" of the possibilities afforded by its Bullfrog back catalogue.

When questioned about whether he was happy about the idea that Syndicate or other Bullfrog games could be remade by EA, Molyneux told us:

"Yes, of course. It's a great feeling to see something you've created still have life or meaning. But my first thought is: 'I wish I could just spend a day with them saying what I thought was really special about Syndicate, or another title for that matter.'

"They're smart people and I'm sure they'll work it out. But it's like a parent watching their kid grow up and do something with their life - you still want to be a little bit involved. There's been a Populous DS. That was okay, it didn't do brilliantly. Again, I wish I had ten minutes with them at the start.

He added; "Of the three, Syndicate would be the one I'd loved to be involved with. I'm actually not a huge fan of remakes, only because I think there's too many other ideas to work on. I don't think as Fable 2 and 3 as being 'sequels'. We change so much stuff - Fable 1 was a corridor-based game, so you can see the progression."

When CVG asked Microsoft Studios boss Molyneux if he'd honestly be happy to visit EA for a day in person and offer advice on a Syndicate remake, he replied: "Yeah, sure."

If EA people are reading, Peter can be reached at Lionhead Studios on +44 (0) 1483 401000.

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