Streets of Rage Remake (also known as Bare Knuckle Remake) is a mind-blowing SOR fangame, released by Bombergames in 2011 on the Microsoft Windows platform. It is ultimately designed as a remake of the original Mega Drive trilogy, though in some ways it can be seen as a true sequel to SOR3.

It is considered by the SOR fan community as a whole to be the definitive SOR fangame, with some going as far as calling it the SOR4 that Sega never made. Truly, it has to be played to be believed - it really is that good. In my personal opinion, Streets of Rage Remake v5 (the final version of the game) has been produced to such a high standard I would expect no less from Sega themselves. Kudos to the development team for that exceptional achievement!

The game is programmed from scratch in Fenix programming language (which was developed specifically for 2D games development). It does not use reverse engineering nor a single line of code from the original games. It's all based on visual interpretation, and also sports a whole host of special features and upgrades which bring the SOR gameplay experience into the 21st century, without compromising the classic 'feel' of the originals. The game has 18 playable characters, including a fully recreated Adam in SOR2/3 style, new characters 'Rudra' and 'Elle' (Electra) and a host of awesome new music remixes! Mr. X and the Syndicate are back (again!), more powerful than ever! It's time to once again walk the Streets of Rage!


'V5' is the final version of the game, with no planned future revisions.

Controversy with Sega

The release of Streets of Rage Remake v5 caused a huge stir in the gaming scene - hundreds of news sites reported on the game and thousands of people downloaded it, But just days after the game was released, Sega stamped down on it and had the game pulled from the Bombergames website, giving a Cease-And-Desist Order.

"Sega have contacted [me] regarding the download hosted on this site," Bomberlink, the game's head programmer, wrote at the time. "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."

In a statement, a spokesperson from Sega said, "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."

The game's release wasn't a surprise, of course. Bomberlink and more than 20 collaborators had been toiling away at the game since 17 March 2003, and its lengthy, Herculean development had been widely publicised in the eight years since. Bomberlink had even notified Sega, long before the game's release.

Regardless, after Sega pulled SORR from the Bombergames site, they have refused to budge on their position - putting the planned ports for Linux, Nintendo Wii and the GP2X WIZ handheld, as well as a bug-fixing patch that was also planned, on a permanent hiatus.

Updates

Though the Sega injunction had forced Bombergames to cease all its SORR activity, and the official Bombergames website shut down,  the project continued to live on through the SOR fan community. There has since been an Update Patch (v5.0a), and three ports (Xbox, GP2X Caanoo and Apple OS X), with more updates possible in future.

Original Release Dates:

v5 (final) - April 2011

Production Credits:

Beat ‘em up engine, game design & programming
BoMbErLiNk

Sprite work
BoMbErLiNk
Nightwolf
Adrimus
Shyning
Jigsaw
Daors
Sonic
Criss
Shinobi
Kaleth
Final Crash
Laucorn / Mister X Neo
Stifu
Order66

Stage work

BoMbErLiNk
Shinobi
Kaleth

Artworks

Arth
Kiwi

Music

Gecko Yamori
B.A.C
Groovemaster303
Duke1401
Kaleth
Sanchizmo

Additional Help

Psycho R.F.G (ripping)
Xillatem (shop song and some stuff)
Ricky (some stages improved)
Valkyrie ace (sprites)

 

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