Thursday, 14 April 2011

Streets of Troll Rage!

8 years in the making, the latest version of the Streets of Rage Remake project was released a couple of weeks ago, with the supposed blessing of Sega. Unfortunately, shortly afterwards Sega ordered the makers of the game to pull all online links to the game and ensure others do the same.

Once again I find myself WTF'ing at Sega's apparent disregard for their fanbase. I was fortunate to be able to download a copy myself and play a bit of it to see what all the fuss is about. I can confidently say that the game is amazingly good, and a testament to the passion these fans have for the Streets of Rage series. The quality is easily good enough to go up on PSN and Xbox Live right now.

Now I would fully understand Sega's decision to have this game pulled if they happened to have their own SoR game already in circulation or in development, but as far as I know they DON'T.

Using the excuse of ordering a small team of dedicated fans to pull a fan-made freeware (freeware means NO PROFIT for them) game you were informed of beforehand AND well aware of afterwards, as a means of protecting your property smacks of hypocracy to your fans!

Sega need to wake up, NOW! The fact that this game even exists is evidence enough that the Bare Knuckle/Streets of Rage series is still popular even now. It's fine that they can still re-release the old games online and make their money that way, but why are are they punishing those who would see to continue the franchise because they can't be bothered to do it themselves?!

I loved Sega back in the day, but these days I have no respect for them or other games companies that pull crap like this on their fanbase. They've forgotten that it's the fans that made them successful in the first place.

Hopefully they'll come to their senses and do the right thing by either giving the go ahead for Bombergames to continue distributing SoR Remake, or start their own SoR project. Unfortunately, right now that doesn't look very likely...

Sonic sucks

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