It must suck like a black hole to work on a fan project for eight long years only to have it taken down in about eight short days.
Developer Bomber Games spent the better part of the last decade remaking Sega’s classic beat ’em up, Streets of Rage. The redo, released last week, featured tons of stages, all of the playable characters from Streets of Rage 1, 2, and 3, new modes and even a level editor.
Unfortunately, the game was taken down over the weekend. Said Streets of Rage Remake Community forum moderator charco:
“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.”
According to another commenter, the Bomber Games team did contact Sega’s legal department last year to clear the game’s release. It would appear the answer was “no.”
UPDATE: Kotaku received the following statement from Sega Europe:
"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."
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen