Sega is celebrating its 60th anniversary in some interesting ways. The latest is that there will be four new mini-games launching this week, all of which have a throwback to Sega’s older IPs.
The most interesting is Streets Of Kamurocho, which is a mashup of Yakuza and the beat-’em-up series Streets Of Rage. Developed by Empty Clip Studios, play as Kiryu or Majima (and one secret character?) as the stroll through the street of Kamurocho and beat the yakuza up.
Next is Endless Zone. This is a mashup of the bullet-hell shooter Fantasy Zone and the Endless series by Amplitude Studios. It’s bullet-hell but with a lot of the nice lore and presentation from the Endless series, which isn’t just a 4X strategy game.
Armor Of Heroes takes the classic top-down tank game genre and used the Company Of Heroes art and models to make it a modern take. This includes couch/local multiplayer up to four players. Endless Zone and Armor Of Heroes are developed by The Eccentric Ape.
Lastly, which maybe more interesting, but undoubtedly the most important, is Golden Axed. This is a vertical slice for a cancelled Golden Axe reboot done by the now-defunct Sega Studios Australia.
As it was a vertical slice by a shuttered studio, the Steam description admitted that it “may be janky, may be buggy, may be an artifact of its time, but it offers a unique glimpse into the prospect of a project that could have been, and a rare peek behind the curtain at the sometimes tumultuous world of video game development.” Sega reached out to former developers to get this out. And you might have seen the pun in the name- the game got axed.
Sega might not be rebooting their classic IPs themselves, but Streets Of Rage 4, the sequel by DotEmu, Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games seemed to have proved that there’s still a way to bring this classics back.
Starting later today (October 15), Armor Of Heroes will launch on Steam, followed by Endless Zone, Streets Of Kamurocho and Golden Axed in the following days. All of them will be free- but only for a limited time. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.