After an audio-less video of a Streets of Rage prototype was leaked online last week, Ruffian Games' business manager Gary Liddon decided the quality was too low and released the full thing. Yes, Ruffian Games, known for their Crackdown series, built a prototype for a modern take on Streets of Rage. A modern take on that classic Sega side-scrolling beat-em-up? Yes please. Unfortunately, the prototype was not greenlighted (or so we're told) and all that's left is this demo reel.
Gary Liddon, the blessed soul who set this demo reel free, gives some perspective on the now dead prototype:
"What's the story behind it all? Like a lot of developers we work on a lot of different prototypes, they're just not usually shown in public. In this case an older version of the same video was leaked last week which came as a bit of a surprise if I'm honest. As it had no sound I thought there wouldn't be any harm sharing a version with audio.
Beyond that there's not a lot more I can say unfortunately :)"
Ah-ha! So there is hope, yet, is what you're saying Gary? Seriously though, Streets of Rage is one of those titles that gets guys like me who grew up in the 90s all nostalgic. Obviously there was never much depth to the franchise, but it's a classic nonetheless. While 2D or even 3D brawlers haven't yet caught back on like some other classic game genres, maybe it's just a question of bringing the right franchise back?
Either way, it's cool to see what Ruffian Games came up with for Streets of Rage and while it may not have worked out it's good to know they've got some retro heart going into their game development.