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Starbreeze and EA cancel project

Bourne or Syndicate game canned, but second "big production" still under way

The Chronicles of Riddick developer Starbreeze Studios has confirmed that one of its projects with Electronic Arts has been cancelled.

The game was in the pre-production phase according to the developer. EA signed Starbreeze to work on a game based on the Bourne franchise a year ago, after it picked up the rights to the action series from Vivendi.

The pair have also been collaborating on Project RedLime, announced over two year's ago and believed to be a reboot of the classic Syndicate games.

"We will continue to focus only on a big production together with EA," commented Starbreeze CEO Johan Kristiansson.

"Our relationship with EA is stronger than ever, and the aim now is to spend more resources on the game that demonstrated the greatest potential. This game is already in full production."

In February Electronic Arts said that it was cutting back on the number of titles it would release going forward, and a number of projects in the early stages of development had been cancelled.

Starbreeze said today that it is currently in talks with publishers for other projects and the recent change will not affect staffing levels.

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