In a strange but not entirely unsurprising turn of events, it looks like we're receiving a Streets of Rage 2 remaster for it's 30th anniversary. It's not official, though: it's made by fans for fans, which is pretty cool, and it's described as a "fan-made port of Streets of Rage 2 to modern hardware." The game was reverse engineered and recreated using modern technology, and no emulation is being used. Basically, what this means is that new levels, new characters can be added to the Streets of Rage 2 remaster, as well as higher quality sound and graphics.
Interestingly, this isn't the first game to receive a fan remaster of sorts in the past few years that involves ground-up rebuilding of the game. We've seen the Super Mario 64 PC port get taken down by Nintendo, an unofficial Ocarina of Time PC port released in March, and a Daggerfall overhaul released on GOG a few days ago. Talented fans who want to breathe new life into beloved classics are doing just that, and it looks like Streets of Rage 2 is another game that's receiving the same loving treatment.
What is Streets of Rage 2?
Streets of Rage 2 is a side-scrolling beat-em-up where one or two players solve their problems with their fists while fighting waves of enemies. Weapons and items can be picked up and used, and players can also use a Blitz Attack by double-tapping a direction before attacking. While there's a main campaign that you and a friend can play and enjoy, there's also a Duel mode where you and a friend can see who is the best rager of the streets. Or maybe it's the best street rager?
Anyway, if you're interested in following the progress of the Streets of Rage 2 remaster, be sure to check out the website, Discord, and YouTube pages. You can also download the game for free for Windows and MacOS on the site, so if you want to beat up some punks be sure to head on over there.
Want to see Streets of Rage 2 New Era in action? Check out the trailer below!
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