Published on May 6th, 2013 | by Graham Cookson1
New Streets of Rage was pitched to SEGA
It appears that at some point over the last few years, Backbone Entertainment (the guys that brought up the updated MegaDrive/Genesis titles to XBLA and PSN) were pitching new games to SEGA, in particular a new Streets of Rage and a new ESWAT (a fun Mega Drive/Genesis side scroller).
Arvin Bautista, a former employee at Backbone, has posted up some images on his blog (showcasing pieces of his work) including concept designs for the main characters of the original Streets of Rage – Axel, Blaze and Adam, plus a street punk (to beat up naturally) – and above the artwork is the title “Streets of Rage game pitch art (XBLA, PSN)”.
We literally don’t have any more information than that right now. But I would love to know why SEGA didn’t accept the idea for a new Streets of Rage – because I would love to see that franchise come back to life.
Maybe the ideas or design just wasn’t right? Or, I know that SEGA Japan has some very strict rules surrounding the trademarks/copyrights of its IPs and perhaps SEGA West and backbone couldn’t wrestle the rights from Japan. Who knows? But hopefully we’ll be able to find out at some point.