I think Sega should take Streets of Rage and utilize Xbox Live, Playstation Network or the Virtual Console. If they made SoR4 in 2D glory as a downloadable game for $15-$20 it would be great. If the game sold well enough they could make it available in stores too.
I don't know why companies wouldn't try this with an old franchise. What do they have to lose? Its such a small risk and the reward could be great. Instead they will probably thrust the game into a crappy generic 3D engine and it will bomb...and we will never see another game from that franchise again. Can you imagine the hype that a game like SoR4 would get if it was in 2D and released on Live? Gamespot, IGN etc...would bust a proverbial nut all over it.
If Live, VC and Playstation Network have shown companies anything, its that 2D games are still loved and purchased at a rapid rate. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Calling all Cars for the PS3 network sells like crazy, because I want to see more companies back these networks with orginal content.
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