Well that’s it, yet another Week of Rage tribute done and dusted. Will I do a third one? Well that depends on how much more content I can find to write about. It’s encouraging to see the Streets of Rage fan community growing over time, so who knows? Perhaps the devoted players will give me more than enough to write about in future.
The reaction to my tribute and Matthew Drury’s Streets of Rage 4 petition has been a real eye-opener. Some of my regular readers and friends signed the petition, letting their nostalgia run riot. Others, decided not to sign it, simply for fear that SEGA would ruin the franchise like it has sadly done to other greats like Golden Axe and Shinobi. It’s fair enough. After all, would you be happy knowing you fuelled the downfall of something you held so dear?
I remain hopefully optimistic however. The new screens for Sonic the Hedgehog 4 released today are a total hark back to the roots of the series. Even though a new Streets of Rage is miles off SEGAs radar right now, maybe this game is indicative of other classic franchises getting the same treatment? Maybe we’ll see Toe Jam and Earl 4 with Xbox Live capabilities, a new Ecco the Dolphin or hell, even the return of Alex Kidd?
Downloadable content market places such as Steam, Xbox Live Arcade, PSN and Virtual Console have done so much for retro gaming. They are a low-cost, low-risk outlet for studios to break new ground and roll the dice with anything other than a ‘safe’ sell. Just look at Capcom’s Mega Man 9 and 10 sequels. Released as a digital download, the games were never going to make the developer a massive profit, but who cares? It didn’t cost them much to make or market it using Xbox Live Arcade, but in the end, the fan service earned them a lot fo love from gamers.
With that in mind I write, just in case, by the smallest miracle that someone from SEGA ever visits my blog – Please SEGA, do the same for us and make a new Streets of Rage in the same style as the old titles. You have nothing to lose after the way you destroyed Golden Axe, Altered Beast and Shinobi. If anything, you will only gain credibility from the gamers that helped fund your early, less stable years. In that regard, you owe us, just as much as we owe you for keeping us entertained for so long.
Thanks again readers, hopefully I’ll see you here again for Week of Rage: Stage 3 if it ever comes around.
Many thanks to all of the contributors who help keep the spirit of Streets of Rage alive today: Yuzoboy, Sidd the Kidd, Gil Costa, Bobi and Rosen, Roel Mastbergen, Bomberlink, Red Rum, the team at OverClocked ReMix, and last but by no means least, thanks to the tireless efforts of Matthew Drury, you rule man!
All the best,