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SEGA Cracks Down On Streets Of Rage Remake, Issues Statement

Matt Gardner
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SEGA Cracks Down On Streets Of Rage Remake, Issues Statement

SEGA has cracked down on Bombergames' freeware remake of one of the former's best loved fighting series. Streets of Rage Remake, a fan remake that didn't use any of SEGA's original code and was built from the ground up, boasted over 100 levels, not to mention every character created for the series, and finally landed a couple of weeks ago after 8 years of development.

However, SEGA issued a legal letter to Bombergames yesterday resulting in all download links being pulled from their site. BG have asked that their fans do not redistribute the game while they attempt to sort things out with SEGA.

The latter issued to following statement to Kotaku:

'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.'

Sadly, although Bombergames made SEGA aware of the existence of the game early on via formal letter, they never received similar affirmative documentation in return.

We'll let you know if the situation changes, if SEGA suddenly believe that this is the best thing to happen to the series in years, but for now things look fairly bleak. [via Giant Bomb]

Add a comment5 comments
Tomalak Geret'kal  Apr. 13, 2011 at 11:23

This is not good news, of course. But why would you spend 8 years developing a game that *clearly* centres around someone else's IP, without permission? Didn't the publishers kind of have this coming from day one?

Brendan Griffiths  Apr. 13, 2011 at 11:24

I can see where Sega are coming from, but they should really have asked them to stop early on if Bombergames let them know that they were working on it. It looks damn impressive and it'd be a shame to let it go to waste.

Sega should seriously consider getting into bed with these guys and get this on Steam, PSN and XBLA. I'd buy it if it was priced around £5.

Anyone else?

Jonathan Lester  Apr. 13, 2011 at 11:32

They might need a rebrand. "Thoroughfares of Anger," anyone?

Brendan Griffiths  Apr. 13, 2011 at 11:34

They could do an arena combat version: 'Cul-de-sac Combat'

Matthew  Apr. 13, 2011 at 11:53

I would absolutely love to see the look on some softco's collective face if a judge ruled that they were estopped in equity from preventing release of such a game due to prior knowledge of the remake and lack of action thereto. It's the flipping Silver Lining all over again.

Hey Sega, here's an idea - use it or lose it!



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