A Classic, Beloved Beat ‘Em Up Is Getting A Sequel After 25 Years

A Classic, Beloved Beat ‘Em Up Is Getting A Sequel After 25 Years

Indie group Conatus Creative wants to release an official follow-up to Technōs’ classic ’89 side-scrolling street thug-beating simulator, River City Ransom. But first, they are turning to — you guessed it — Kickstarter.

As the project page explains, River City Ransom: Underground is just about ready to leave the pre-production phase. This means that the engine is done, and work on the game can begin in earnest — however, the developers need to cover their living expenses, licensing fees, localisation and quality assurance. That’s where Kickstarter comes in.

In return for $180,000 CAD, Conatus promises a “love letter” to River City Ransom; a 2.5D open world beat ’em up-RPG which greatly expands on the River City universe, adding more items, locations and characters. There will also be local and online peer-to-peer co-op.

At the moment, the project is 15 per cent funded, with four weeks remaining until the end. If a nostalgic trip to the late eighties sounds fun, give the page a look.

River City Ransom: Underground [Kickstarter]


  • Something I saw the other day (perhaps it was the golden axe re-do) made me think about old beat-em-ups I’d like to see redone. #1 on my list would have to be Crime Fighters. This one looks pretty cool though too!

  • I was going to say that Combit Studios already obtained the license back in April but then I found out they are Conatus Creative. Next they’ll be saying Bruce Wayne is Batman and Tony Abbot and the Prime Minister are the same person.

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