Hollywood has quite a tradition of remakes, so it’s not surprising that EA cast two Hollywood stars in its remake of Syndicate. Rosario Dawson and Brian Cox have been revealed as the stars of the game from Starbreeze Studios, which will be released Feb. 21 in North America and Feb. 24 in Europe.

The game is a brutal sci-fi first person shooter set in a near future where three mega-corporations control the world. A pivotal part of the gameplay requires players to violently extract mind-controlling chips that have been embedded in people’s brains.

Dawson (Unstoppable, Sin City, Grindhouse) plays Lily Drawl, a character torn between her promising corporate career and the underground resistance to syndicate rule. “I’m amazed how videogames have become so deep in story, delivering fantastic worlds and memorable characters rivaling big Hollywood films,” Dawson said. “She’s an interesting and strong female character. How cool is it to play the mastermind who designed the military chip inside the player’s head!”

Cox (The Bourne Identity, X2, Troy) plays Jack Denham, a ruthless operator near the top of EuroCorp’s organization. Additionally, Michael Wincott (The Crow) voices Jules Merit, a senior agent who has led many successful operations against the rival Aspari corporation.

Syndicate immerses players deep into a dystopian world of unscrupulous corporations and chip augmented enforcers,” said Mikael Nermark, CEO of Starbreeze Studios. “These agents are the weapons of this war for market dominance and we needed strong talent to represent these intense characters [and] to make this world come alive.”

In one of EA’s promotions for Syndicate, gamers who become a fan on its Facebook page can download exclusive remixed tracks of the original Syndicate theme song from top DJ’s including Skrillex, Digitalism and Flux Pavilion.

Starbreeze is a game developer based in Uppsala, Sweden. The company was founded in 1998, its previous titles include Chronicles of Riddick and The Darkness.

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