Sega has issued a statement on its decision to order indie developer Bombergames to remove its Streets of Rage Remake.
Said the firm: “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.”
This, it seems, is one of those instances.
Giant Bomb reported that Bombergames repeatedly sent permission requests to Sega, asking that the remake be approved.
After inferring that Sega was happy for them to go ahead, they released what was to be the final version on the SorR blog.
Sega quickly got in touch, ordering the team to remove their homage. It took eight years to make.
Streets of Rage originally released for Mega Drive in 1991.