New Streets Of Rage And ESWAT Games Were Being Pitched To Sega

By Spencer . May 6, 2013 . 1:48am

Backbone Entertainment was doing some neat stuff with Sega and we’re not talking about the Sega Vintage Collection. They pitched a new Streets of Rage game to Sega. Concept art for Axel Stone, Blaze Fielding, and Adam Hunter – the original trio from Streets of Rage – was shared by a former Backbone Entertainment artist.



Axel Stone1  Adam Hunter1 Blaze Fielding1 SOR_punk1


What’s really interesting is Backbone Entertainment also put together a pitch to reboot ESWAT! ESWAT: City Under Siege is a sidescrolling action game for the Genesis.


ESWAT_mockup1 Enemy_Slider_01 ESWAT_01


We also have some artwork from Backbone Entertainment’s unreleased Gauntlet game for Nintendo DS. Eidos was supposed to publish Gauntlet for DS back in 2008, but the game never materialized despite being reviewed by  a couple of magazines. Here’s the Wizard, Elf, Valkyrie, and Barbarian.


wizard elf Valkyrie barbarian

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  • ヴァルラシュ

    Were? so it’s not happening anymore?

    • Ace Trainer Chris

      It was never happening in the first place. They just pitched the ideas. It’s not the first time Sega’s rejected a new Streets of Rage game idea, either.

  • Go2hell66

    Wow i saw the headline “New streets of rage”I was so excited i nearly fell out of my chair…

    And then i saw that character art…

    Insta-hype kill
    its like dmc all over again.oh well good thing it was just a pitch

    • Urien (仙人をリンク)

      Well it’s just concept art. Concept art is never the finalized product for any game. Though, I’d love to see a new SoR game. My friends and I were talking about that PC version and how there should be a reboot at the very least. The game’s soundtrack is amazing. =)

    • MrJechgo

      It’s jst concept art… and the characters still look like the same ones. It’s like taking your favorite character done by one artist and have drawn by another artist.

  • neo_firenze

    Eh, it’s still Backbone. I’m happier not tarnishing an awesome series than getting whatever they might have made that wouldn’t have lived up to the SoR name.

    I’m plenty happy with the fan-made Streets of Rage remake on PC (that Sega shut down…), which is basically the ultimate beat-em-up game. That one has a permanent spot on my computer, with my trusty USB Saturn pad.

  • d19xx

    Sega must have asked Capcom for advice about what to do with their old ip’s. Capcom just gave them the classic “Megaman” advice……..

    • Ace Trainer Chris

      Except none of these titles were actually in development by groups within Sega. They were just ideas pitched by 3rd party developers.

  • After that new Double Dragon, I don’t want remakes of some of these old beat em ups.

    • Ace Trainer Chris

      It depends on who’s doing the remakes. Remember that we did get Double Dragon Neon, which was doing the series justice, where as the Double Dragon II game on XBLA was horrendous and handled by a different group.

      • Yeah I was talking about II that came out on XBLA.

        • samael789

          That game was actually completed years ago and sat around without release until this year. So whereas it was the newest one released, the super-awesome Neon is the “newer” game, considering development started after DDII was supposed to have initially been released.

  • Fub Frank

    As much as I love SoR, I doubt a new one would be good anyway.


    History has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt through many cautionary examples that Japanese franchises are better off offered a dignified death rather than being forced to lead a twisted zombie existence in the hands of overseas developers.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    I would love a new streets of rage but I guess its for the best that the legacy ended on an extremely high note….

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    SoR and Comic Zone was great Sega beat em ups. I would love to see something new

  • Solomon_Kano

    Man, I’d love to see a new Streets of Rage.

  • samael789

    Here’s the thing:

    There’s ALWAYS someone pitching a new Streets of Rage to Sega. And they’re always like “no”.

    What are they afraid of?

  • Foxeh Shihōin

    hmm.. didnt know sega was still trying to get streets of rage made. i already started working on my own 3d version… i better just keep mines quiet for now.. dont wanna end up like SFR and SoRR

  • Hound

    Putting this in perspective, there’s no reason why Sega shouldn’t have refused. Backbone did a decent job porting their games over, but Backbone’s own games such as Death Jr. are rather dry and unintuitive. Action lacking subtlety, timing being unimportant, and complexity being lost in overtly lazy enemies and controls would never work for a Streets of Rage revival.

    E-Swat is a less fluid Contra where spacing is important. A lack of recognition would make it a difficult game for anyone to pitch though.

    If a developer could make a Streets of Rage equal to or better than the fan re-make that Sega put a stop to, added Digital Surround Sound & Mesmerizing Sega-esque graphics, and created controls that make intuitive yet not gimmicky use of the playstation & xbox’s extra buttons, I’d buy it.

    Then again, even if Sega released a decent 3D action game in a back-alley punk style similar to Streets of Rage and called it City of Hate, I’d still be interested..

  • … Man, that hype kill, I reaaaally wanted a new Streets of Rage :C

  • evilmajikman

    I’d prefer Platinum Games to do a Streets of Rage game with Anarchy Reigns’ engine as a base.

  • Ty Austin

    Man all this talk about SOR and nobody’s hyped at a possible ESWAT reboot? That game takes me back.

  • TyeTheCzar

    Who would you guys hire instead to make a SoR game? My money would be on Wayforward for their big pedigree; Joakim “Konjak” Sandberg for making Noitu Love 2: Devolution and his amazing spritework; Headstrong games for their excellent House of the Dead Overkill, which added a great sense of style and humor. If they were gonna go for a total reboot, I would say Platinum Games, the masterminds behind Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising.

  • Lucian Kara

    Let me get this straight… SEGA passed up a potentially good new SoR title, but OK’d Aliens Colonial Marines? *facewall*

    • Kelohmello

      That doesn’t even make sense. Colonial Marines had been shaping up to be a good game at one point. Meanwhile SoR is destined to not make much of a profit for a company that desperately needs cash. Sega doesn’t have dosh to be throwing around for every little thing when they’re in the state they’re in right now.

  • eliel

    would luv to play another gauntlet game:D

    my favorite game/personal best in the series was “gauntlet legends” for N64

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