River City Ransom Gets An Officially Sanctioned Sequel Through Kickstarter

By Eugene . September 17, 2013 . 3:25pm


Hey! Remember River City Ransom? The classic 2.5D beat-em-up for the  Nintendo Entertainment System game has garnered itself cult status over the years, and now, there’s an officially-approved Kickstarter underway for its sequel—River City Ransom: Underground.


River City Ransom Underground will take place some 25 years after the original title, with returning main characters Alex and Ryan against back-to-his-old-tricks Slick. Like the original, RCRU will allow players to have a semi-sandbox experience by being able to select levels to explore and fight through, rather than a fixed route through the game.


Canadian Developers Conatus Creative’s sequel is in development for the PC and will still be in 2.5D—which means 2D with the ability to move into the background and foreground—and the developers have promised to beef up every aspect of the game. So, more characters, more stores to shop at, updated AI and skills to fight with and against. The game will also feature both local and online multiplayer for up to four players.



As mentioned, this is an officially-licensed and officially-approved sequel. Conatus picked the license up in April from Million Co., a company of ex-Technos staff who acquired the rights to the series when Technos disappeared into the ether. This means that, yes, Underground will be fully canon. It’s so canon, they have creator Yoshihisa Kishimoto on board as a creative consultant to stay true to what makes a River City game a River City game.


There’s also other big name talent on the team, such as Dustin Crenna (Sound designer for Halo 4, Bioshock 2, The Darkness 2 etc) and Rich Vreeland aka Disasterpiece (Who you might remember is also doing Hyperlight Drifter, that other Kickstarter game we highlighted) working on the team, and Conatus Creative have promised extra cash for the game will go towards hiring more staff to ensure the game gets done properly and on time.


Kickstarter exclusive weapon skins sound like a pretty sweet deal and nice compromise to those who dismay at locked-away content exclusives. As of print, the game is about halfway to funded and can be found here.



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  • Valtiel Ikari

    This… looks AWESOME!!!

  • NintendoPSX

    Bloody sick.

  • Is this taking cue from The Mighty No 9’s Kickstarter? Personally, I think through Kickstarter, game publishers can also actually gauge consumer interest for it.

    • James Fox

      I believe the dude behind this sequel are truly an indie company

  • Ah…

    So uh…what about the 3DS version making it stateside?

    • benhofb

      Well those are made by Million aren’t they? So I guess it’d be up to them to bring ’em over. But this undoubtedly looks awesome, plus PS4/Vita ports are stretch goals, so if we never get the 3DS ones, at least we’ll have that.

    • InfectedAI

      Yeah, hopefully this gets Million to bring the 3DS games over. I’m more interested in those. Do you know if they have multiplayer?

      • Destroy Him My Robots

        Riki Densetsu is single player only, but Special and SP Rantou Kyousoukyoku have up to 4 player download play.

        • InfectedAI

          Cool, I’m more interested in the latter anyways. Hopefully this does well and they come over to the west.

  • Rohan Kishibe

    Made by Canadians… very suspicious…

    • FlamingFirewire

      can’t tell if being serious or not…..

      • Rohan Kishibe


        • FlamingFirewire


  • Chow

    It seems to be a different project than was discussed here, but even then, I’ve mentioned that the series has had follow-up games in the beat-em-up genre before, even using the same protagonists (albeit the Japanese versions of the characters). There’s at least two of them on the Super Famicon that I’ve come across, though the art style is a bit different. But the genre, characters, and story themes were the same.

    I know it’s a big deal because it’s a revival of the RCR franchise outside of dodgeball and Japan, but how were those several other sequels of the original game considered any less of a sequel than this?

  • Pockystix

    what’s Damon Gant doing in a RCR game?

  • benhofb

    This keeps looking cooler and cooler. I loved the original on the NES and played a translation of the SNES one as well. These games are great fun and even more so with a friend. I really hope it gets successfully funded (plus that PS4/Vita stretch goal!).

    • Merrick

      That one SNES Kunio-Kun game I played, where you break out of jail, was so fun but became incredibly difficult. I guess I should’ve invited a second player in. Great thing that it got fan translated.

  • Exkaiser

    Kind of odd that you play as forty-something versions of Kunio and Riki, complete with beards. Not really sure how I feel about the beards, honestly.

  • DriftSlave

    best news today…..the original game was godlike.

  • Göran Isacson

    Interesting. So those two guys are still thugs and punks, just older and more experienced thugs and punks? I wonder if they’ll do something storywise with that, or if this will just be about trawling dungeons and beating up dudes.

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