Streets of Rage Fan Remake Shut Down by Sega
A popular and impressive Streets of Rage remake, aptly titled Streets of Rage Remake, has been pulled from the internet. Sega ordered that the game be removed from the developer's site, demanding any future uploads of the game be taken down, as well. Bomber Games, the team behind this fan project, posted a note that read, "Sega have contacted regarding the download hosted on this site. While this issue is being resolved, please do not upload the game for others to download. Any links posted to this site will be removed. Thank you."
In a statement to Kotaku, Sega discussed their decision to have Streets of Rage Remake pulled: "Sega is committed to supporting any fans that take an interest in our games, and where possible we do so by involving them in Beta tests and other development, marketing, or research opportunities. However, we need to protect our intellectual property rights and this may result in us requesting that our fans remove online imagery, videos, or games in some instances."
Bomber Games had spent the last eight years creating Streets of Rage Remake, and their efforts were impressive. The downloadable game included over 100 levels and nearly 20 playable characters. Additionally, the game featured over 80 remixed songs, a total of 40 in-game cutscenes, and 8 different endings. A lot of hard work was put into the project.
Still, Sega has every right to order a cease and desist against the game's developers. It is their license, after all, but it's a shame many of us won't be able to play Streets of Rage Remake. Hopefully the folks over at Sega ease up on Bomber Games and work out a deal to let them distribute their remake for free online. If not, let's hope to see some original beat 'em ups from Bomber Games later on. These guys have "upstart indie dev" written all over them.