Sad news, former Sega Genesis gamers: an update of the iconic brawler Streets of Rage has been canceled. Nevertheless, a video showing the game in its early stages has appeared on the YouTube channel for Gary Liddon, head of Ruffian Games (a studio known for its work on the Crackdown and Fable franchises), taunting and teasing those wishing for a new version of the classic game.
The video provides a brief glimpse of the original Streets of Rage game (which recently made an appearance in the $10 Sega Vintage Collection available via Xbox Live) and then showcases an updated version of the legendary beat-’em-up title.
As you can see in the video, several neighborhood toughs receive their fair share of fisticuff justice.
The game showed promise, but Ruffian insists there was still lots of work to be done when the game got canned.
“It was something we built very rapidly and represents pre-pre-pre-pre (lots of pres) pre-alpha quality,” said Liddon.
“Even so, it has a certain charm.”
Is it possible that Ruffian Games could revive the project if enough people show interest in it? Perhaps. In fact, I’d say Ruffian’s decision to release the video represents an attempt by the developer to gauge gamer interest in the idea of a Streets of Rage remake.
So, would you want to play a Streets of Rage update? Or is there no place for beat-‘em-ups in today’s Call of Duty-Just Dance-Halo video game world?