Sega respond to 'Streets of Rage Remake' fan project
Wednesday 13 April 2011
Wondering where the free
Streets of Rage Remake went, after such a rapturous reception followed its early April launch? Sega, responsible for the 1991-94 original trilogy, had it removed in protection of their brand.
Eight years went into Streets of Rage Remake, a project that not only recreated the series' characters and levels from scratch, but also improved graphics, remixed soundtracks, and added a host of extra features along the way.
Though the final version was released on April 3, public links to the SoRR v5 file were removed by developers BomberGames five days later.
Sega outlined their position on April 13.
"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," the company responded.
"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."
Sega still has Streets of Rage games on sale for modern machines. For instance, there are separate console downloads and as part of Sega's Ultimate Collection for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Reaction to the takedown ranged from anger and incredulity to requests for a santioned, paid-for download.
"How about you hire these guys and distribute the game on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Virtual Console or Steam? I'd pay for it" wrote one commenter on Kotaku.
""How's Sega going to sell Streets of Rage when this guy's giving a far better game away for free?" asked a forum user on 1UP.
Some even thought that Sega's reaction to the eight year project came late by design.
"They gave enough time for a large amount of people to download it, and now folks are spreading it around the Internet" noted a RockPaperShotgun reader. "I don't know... it's one hell of a coincidence."
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