The lights are on
Last week, a fan-made Streets of Rage remake was released online, containing more than 100 stages and 19 playable characters. Bomber Games, the team who developed the indie project, coded the game from scratch and then made it freely available to fans. Sega responded with legal action a few days later, and the official download links were quietly removed. Now Sega has elaborated on why it responded the way it did.
"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 publisher explained in a statement to Destructoid. "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."
Clearly, Sega has a point. It's unfortunate that the company seems content to let the property languish, necessitating such a fan project in the first place. There's clearly a market for this kind of game, so here's hoping that someone within Sega with the power to do something about it is paying attention.
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oh yeh, sega has nothing, fans make better remake of their games than they can, thats why
I find your lack of awesome disturbing, Sega.
So... how much is Sega making from anything SoR related these days? A few digital downloads here and there... is the amount those downloads bring in (which likely wouldn't have slowed down even with this project still available online) worth tarnishing your reputation? Apparently so.
@.@ silly sega. it wouldnt have messed with a single thing.
I suggest GI do all of us Fan-game makers a favor and not report on them, no matter how awesome.
Here would have been a great idea, tell them not to do it before they spend all their time on creating the game then shutting them down. Gotta say Sega, not one of your more classy moves... well, I take that back look at Dreamcast & Sonic. Lol. Just another reason to ignore anything Sega makes.
So they are upset that someone took a game they made years ago, and made a great remake of it? They would rather the game stay dormant? I love their, "if we can't have it, no one can" mentality.
Not cool sega, not cool.
Kinda jerkish on the part of sega...I mean all they really do for SOR is push out the original 3 on a collection. If sega was smart, they hire Bomber and try 2 get this out on PSN, XBLA, and Wiiware. It can b done