Satellite Reign

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Satellite Reign
Satellite Reign cover.jpg
Developer(s)5 Lives Studios
Publisher(s)5 Lives Studios
Designer(s)Chris Conte
Programmer(s)Mike Diskett
Artist(s)Dean Ferguson
Brent Waller
Mitchell Clifford
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux
ReleaseAugust 28, 2015
Genre(s)Tactical role-playing game, real-time tactics
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Satellite Reign is a cyberpunk real-time tactics video game that was released in August 2015 for Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms.[1] The game was developed by Brisbane based 5 Lives Studios and is a spiritual successor to the Syndicate series, which co-founder and programmer Mike Diskett had worked on.[2]


After the release of the Syndicate reboot in 2012, the Syndicate Wars producer and lead programmer, Mike Diskett, expressed his displeasure over the game stating that it was "nothing like the original." This encouraged him to create a spiritual successor to the game he made back in 1996.[3] Unlike the reboot which was a First-person shooter, both Diskett and the team at 5 Lives Studios tried to build upon the gameplay experience found in the original games with its fixed camera system and character class.[4]

On June 28, 2013, Satellite Reign was announced on crowdfunding website Kickstarter with a GB£350,000 (US$546,875) goal. On July 29, 2013, the project was successfully funded with GB£461,333 (US$720,832) raised.[5][6]

The game was released on August 28, 2015.[7][8] A post-launch update introducing four-player cooperative gameplay was released in July 2016.[9]


Satellite Reign takes place in an unnamed fictional city referred as "The City". A corporation named Dracogenics rises after releasing a prototype for immortality named Resurrection-Tech. Dracogenics turns to corporate crime and bribes politicians with immortality in exchange for control and influence. This eventually leads to the privatisation of The City's services and full corporate control over The City's police force. Civil unrest arises and is suppressed by Dracogenics, but a rival corporation soon comes to light and launches anti-Dracogenics attacks. The player controls this rival corporation and must overthrow Dracogenics from The City.


Aggregate score
Review scores
Game Revolution4.5/5 stars[11]
PC Gamer (US)80/100[14]

Satellite Reign has a score of 75 out of 100 on Metacritic indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]


  1. ^ Tach, Dave (2013-06-28). "Satellite Reign hits Kickstarter as a spiritual successor to Syndicate". Polygon. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  2. ^ "Satellite Reign, the Spiritual Successor to Syndicate". Fundthisgame. 2013-07-17. Archived from the original on 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  3. ^ Diskett, Mike. "Satellite Reign Kickstarter Video". YouTube. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  4. ^ Jim Rossignol (2013-07-02). "Satellite Reign And Syndicate's Simulation Legacy". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  5. ^ 5 Lives Studios (2013-06-28). "Satellite Reign". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  6. ^ "Satellite Reign". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  7. ^ Purchese, Robert (2015-07-13). "Syndicate Wars-inspired Satellite Reign gets release date". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  8. ^ Plunkett, Luke (2015-08-25). "Satellite Reign: The Kotaku Review". Kotaku. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  9. ^ Chalk, Andy (July 16, 2016). "Satellite Reign now has a four-player co-op multiplayer mode". PC Gamer. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Satellite Reign for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  11. ^ Tambouro, Paul (1 September 2015). "Satellite Reign Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Satellite Reign review". GamesTM. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  13. ^ Tolentino, Josh (31 August 2015). "Review: Satellite Reign". Destructoid. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  14. ^ Kelly, Andy (24 August 2015). "Satellite Reign review". PC Gamer. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  15. ^ Saas, Don (16 September 2015). "Satellite Reign Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  16. ^ Brown, Chris (13 August 2015). "Satellite Reign expands beautifully on a bona fide classic review". Gameplanet. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  17. ^ Deppe, Martin (1 September 2015). "Satellite Reign im Test - Endlich: Ein neues Syndicate!". GameStar. Retrieved 25 December 2017.

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