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Streets of Rage Fan Remake Taken Down At Sega's Request

A fan remake of the classic Genesis beat 'em up Streets of Rage, in development for more than eight years and finally released last week, has been removed at Sega's request. [UPDATE: Sega statement]
A fan remake of the classic Genesis beat 'em up Streets of Rage has been removed at Sega's request. Developer Bomber Games has been working on the unofficial remake for over eight years. The freeware title was finally released last week, complete with over 100 new and remastered stages, 19 playable characters, 64 enemies (from all the Streets of Rage games), 83 remixed songs, over 40 cutscenes, and eight endings. The remake also added a Survival Mode, Boss Rush Mode, Events Mode, Volleyball Mode, Allied CPU Mode, Profile Editor, Image Gallery, and more than 30 customizable options. However, later in the week the download links were removed. It has now been revealed that the game was taken down after a request from Sega. A Bomber Games forum moderator said, "SEGA have contacted regarding the download hosted on this site. While this issue is being resolved, please do not upload the game for others to download. Any links posted on this site will be removed. Thank you." There is no word as of yet regarding the fate of the release. [UPDATE: In a statement issued to Kotaku, a Sega Europe representative said the company "need[s] 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."]

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