The long-awaited unofficial remake of SEGA’s fondly remembered side-scrolling ‘Streets of Rage’ has finally emerged from beta (Final v5.0) and been released online for mass consumption. Yay.
Unfortunately, while fans of the original arcade bruiser (which appeared on the SEGA Mega Drive) are likely thrilled at the prospect of doling out knuckle sandwiches aplenty, SEGA has other ideas. Boo.
Specifically, the European arm of the Japanese gaming giant has moved to quash the fan-made videogame’s availability by contacting developer Bomber Games, likely with a view to whispering threats of potentially heavy legal ramification into its ear.
As a result of that contact, and any pant filling it may have prompted, Bomber Games has since yanked the brawler from circulation and asked its loyal fan community to cease any further uploading or downloading—thus bringing an abrupt end to eight years of development and expectation.
“SEGA have contacted [us] regarding the download hosted on this site,” an explanatory post on the Bombergames forum outlined. “While this issue is being resolved, please do not upload the game for others to download. Any links posted on this site will be removed. Thank you.”
Fending off complaints while offering its standpoint via a cursory statement, SEGA Europe said its actions were prompted by a need to protect its intellectual property rights “and this may result in us requesting that our fans remove online imagery, video or games in some instances.”
Beyond the obvious annoyance of SEGA waiting until the game’s release before clamping down on it—or even its apparent unwillingness to work with the developer on the remake—the game is, by all accounts, extremely good.
Boasting 19 playable characters and 103 stages to fight across, Streets of Rage Remake was created from the ground up by Bomber Games and apparently doesn’t include a single line of reused code from the original.
Click below to see the game in action: