No Syndicate for Australia. That means you should just pirate the crap out of it, right? Stick it to those evil developers who hate your guts and are not at all trying to make a living or feed their families. They deserve it, after all?
Sadly (and scarily), some people actually think like this. To those of you out there matching this description -- don't worry, Starbreeze remembered the angst-ridden pirates too! All you need do is check out a text file the developer slipped onto the game disc.
Called "Syndicate-SBZ.nfo" and residing in the install DVD's root directory, the file is styled exactly like a typical warez release NFO. Using the raw power of ASCII (well, maybe 30 per cent of it) Starbreeze uses the opportunity to remind would-be pirates what it takes to make a game:
Over a hundred people spent several years of their lives making this game. If you like what you play, please consider purchasing it if you haven't.
It also provides these super-handy instructions on getting the game to run:
1) Insert disc 2) Play ;)
There's an install step missing in there somewhere, but the point they're trying to make is that there are a lot less hoops to jump through if you go the legitimate route.
Ironically, the message includes an appeal for job applications, despite the developer giving 25 employees their marching orders barely a week ago, though the gold master probably went off to the replicators long before there was any hint of lay-offs.