City Heroes

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City Heroes
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Samsung
Developer: Samsung
Planned release date(s): 1993, 1994
Genre: Action
Number of players: 1-2
State before cancellation: Late in development

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City Heroes (씨티 히어로즈), also known as City Hero, is an unreleased Sega Mega Drive beat-'em-up game developed and scheduled to be published by Samsung. Significantly inspired by the popular Streets of Rage 2, it was originally planned for a 1993/1994 release, but issues with South Korea's then-new software censorship laws led to the game's ultimate cancellation.[1]


City Heroes features five stages and a 2-player cooperative play mode.[1]


City Heroes was at-first ridiculed for being nearly a carbon copy of Streets of Rage 2, but when development reached its final stages, journalists who actually played the game reported on its astonishing quality.[1]


The same team that had developed Uzu Keobukseon (with some additional staff) began working on City Heroes in September 1992, and by spring 1994, the game was completely finished and bugfixed, with the master ROM ready for mass production. Multiple magazines had printed in-depth coverage, and Samsung even claimed ambitions to bring the game to overseas markets, but by then confusion around South Korea's then-new censorship laws ultimately prevented its release.[1]

Originally, Samsung had planned to release both City Heroes and a second unreleased Mega Drive game (the fighting game Princess Fighter, to be developed in cooperation with an unnamed Japanese developer.) That title got cancelled even earlier due to complications with the Japanese developer, and after Samsung's continued issues with South Korean censorship laws, Samsung immediately disbanded all its in-house console development.[1]

Magazine articles

Main article: City Heroes/Magazine articles.