Mysteriously slipping onto the Internet today is a trailer for the rumored upcoming Streets of Rage remake. Take note, this isn’t your father’s Streets of Rage; no, not at all. Gone are the fluorescent colors, cartoonish characters, and rollerblading heroes garbed in tank tops and backwards hats. In their stead, now we apparently have a dark and gritty adaptation in the vein of just about every other remake we’ve seen over the past decade in the realm of multimedia. I’m not complaining, though, especially considering Crackdown developer Ruffian Games is the alleged culprit, and by that I mean developer, behind this reboot.
Regardless of the conjecture and hoopla surrounding the game, the video unleashed this morning shows off this potentially new world in 3D – a first for the series. It’s hard to decipher if the trailer is made up of in-game or pre-rendered footage. Regardless, what is undeniable is former Ruffian Games level designer Sean Noonan’s tweet from earlier in response to the disclosure, saying, “So it seems like one of my previous projects has leaked, as pretty as I remember.” In other words, the cat’s out of the bag. At this time, the developers have yet to comment on the news, but this footage comes off the heels of last year’s gossip that surfaced when the company mentioned they had struck a major contract with one of the largest publishers in the business.
Do note that it would be wise to practice a little caution when jumping to conclusions over the details, as this could certainly be an instance of a trailer being leaked for game that is no longer a thing. My fingers are crossed that this is not the case due to the fact that my inner child desperately longs for a re-imagining of my favorite 16-bit beat-em-up. So, here’s hoping I get to step into the shoes of that smackdown-laying, boxing glove-wearing kangaroo badass once more. Considering the tone of that trailer, however, I’m not going to hold my breath for such outlandish escapades. But a guy can dream, can’t he?