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]