Starbreeze Slipped A Job Recruitment Pitch Aimed At Pirates Into Syndicate

Piracy. It is, if the world’s copyright owners are to be believed, a threat to life and limb approximately on par with ebola and space herpes. We beg to differ of course, and, as it turns out, so does Starbreeze Studios. Turning the old adage “if you can’t beat em, join em” on its head, they’ve decided the best way to defeat a pirate is to lure them over to the other team. And that’s just what they’ve tried to do, with a clever tongue in cheek pitch inserted into the source code for their most recent game, Syndicate.

A clever Redditer called MikkleManDK discovered the easter egg, if it can be called that, while digging through Syndicate’s source code. It’s a file called Syndicate-SBZ.nfo, and it’s designed to look like the calling card of a cracker inserted into the game. A closer look at the file gives you the most hilarious headhunting scheme since Keith David started shilling for the US Navy. “Are you bored with watching from the sidelines?”, the page asks? “Ready to make the switch? Do you have considerable talents in any of the following areas? Art, modeling, texturing, sound design. Programming. Game design? If you meet one or more of those criteria, and want to be a part of the fun, email us at jobs@starbreeze.com today!”

Snicker. Here’s a look at the file:

We might not have been blown away by Syndicate, but there was a lot of potential in that thar game, and I’ll be damned if this doesn’t make me hope even harder for a sequel.

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