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Sega issues statement on Streets of Rage Remake shutdown

Wednesday, 13th April 2011 07:59 GMT By Stace Harman

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.

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9 Comments

  1. mojo

    again:
    Fuck You Sega
    ur just jealous cos they made a better game then u these days.
    for free.

    cry louder

    #1 3 years ago
  2. StolenGlory

    “After inferring that Sega was happy for them to go ahead, they released what was to be the final version on the SorR blog.”

    Inferring? These things need to be crystal farking clear to be honest and they shouldn’t have pressed ahead in the first place without a iron-clad mandate of support from Sega.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Rosseu

    8 years then here comes sega.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Blerk

    I’m guessing they’ll have to rename it and redo all the graphics now if they ever want it to reappear. Which seems a shame.

    But Stolen’s kind of right – if you’re doing something with an IP you don’t own then you need to be pretty damned sure you’re not going to get stomped on. Bit shitty of Sega to wait until they were done before they did the stomping, though.

    Guess it’s looking bad for all those ‘better than the official games’ Sonic remakes, then.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. silk

    Basicaally Sega ignored what they thought was something too small to warrant any attention. Then once it was released and every man and their dog go it, they thought hmm $$$$$! Why didn’t we think of that?

    There will be a HD remake by Sega announced soon. I’d put money on it.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. kasasensei

    @Rosseu. The legendary hedgehog was pretty slow on this one… :D

    #6 3 years ago
  7. UuBuU

    8 year project down the drain just like that? What a waste.

    I agree with #2 though, they really should’ve obtained something concrete in terms of permission from Sega before even proceeding with this project.

    I’m not at all surprised Sega want it down anyway, with them selling Megadrive Classics etc. which include Streets of Rage.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    I love the needless hate of Sega in this.

    Honestly, Sega have always been very supportive of fantasy projects. The fact that they’ve gone and shut this down is *very* surprising, and not like them at all.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. YoungZer0

    “However we need to protect our intellectual property rights”

    Oh, yeah? But who is going to protect it from Sega?

    #9 3 years ago

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