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.

    this game was so damn awesome. combining side scrolling beat em ups with RPGs. genius!!

    I kinda thought this thing would've been overfunded within a few hours.

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