Third-person stealth shooter series Syphon Filter is one of the most beloved franchises in PlayStation history, first making its debut in 1999 and producing six games in total. The series hasn’t received a new entry since 2007’s Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow, but after 10 years away from duty it seems that Sony could be about to bring the Syphon Filter franchise back.
On November 8, 2017, Sony renewed the Syphon Filter trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The trademark filing is explicitly for “computer game software” including computer games that can be downloaded via the Internet. The filing also mentions “electronic game services provided by means of the Internet; Internet games (non-downloadable)” – suggesting that this Syphon Filter reboot could have some sort of online multiplayer component.
There is a strong case to be made for the return of the series, especially considering how popular reboots and remakes have been. For example, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was a huge success, fans are excited for the Shadow of the Colossus remaster as well as Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and the new version of L.A. Noire is getting some buzz.
Sony Interactive Entertainment has trademarked Syphon Filter in Europe. pic.twitter.com/XrPQDwRkgL
— Gematsu (@gematsucom) November 10, 2017
It’s clear that fans are eager for classic game series to come back and for an excuse to spend more time in a game that they love (albeit with better graphics). The trademark filing doesn’t disclose whether the next Syphon Filter game will be an HD collection or an all-new game, but there will be plenty of fans interested nonetheless.
The trademark filings also can’t answer who will be making the game(s). The original developer of Syphon Filter is Eidetic, which is now known as SIE Bend Studio (or Sony Bend), and that team is currently working on PS4 exclusive Days Gone. That game looks fairly ambitious so it’s safe to say that a different studio would handle a remaster.
Hopefully, fans won’t have to wait long for more information, as the PlayStation Experience event is set for early December and Sony has already promised some big announcements. Fingers crossed that the return of Syphon Filter is one of them.