According to a report by Kotaku
, the Brisbane based developer SEGA Studios Australia (formerly Creative Assembly Australia) had pitched an idea to its Japanese parent company a few years back for a "SEGA Reborn" concept that would see remakes built of some of the publisher's classic 8 and 16 bit side-scrollers with a view to wrapping them all into a single narrative Universe.
While the idea was obviously never picked up, hitting various roadblocks between the Queensland studio and company HQ in Japan, it’s certainly an interesting one to take a look at, now that…we’ll never actually get to play them.
The over-arching universe would see the games, set thousands of years apart from each other, release under the unified Sega Reborn label. While not strictly remakes – they’d include new content and would make a few changes here and there – for the most part they’d follow the same progression through the story and levels as the original games.
Kotaku has somehow gotten their hands on video footage from a gameplay concept pitch for Golden Axe, and claims that Altered Beast, Streets of Rage and Shinobi had all figured into the plan. Watch the video below for a glimpse at what could have been (thanks AGB