Streets of Rage, one of the most beloved gaming franchises of the 16-bit era, is getting a new instalment – 25 years on from the last edition. The classic side-scrolling beat ’em up action is set to return with Streets of Rage 4, which was officially announced on Monday 27 August.
Developers Lizardcube, Guard Crush Games and Dotemu have revealed the first trailer for the game, which “builds upon the classic trilogy’s gameplay with new mechanics, a fresh story and a gauntlet of dangerous stages.”
Licensed from SEGA, the fourth edition of the game will see the return of original characters Axel Stone (completed with a new rugged blonde beard) and Blaze Fielding, who’ll doubtless be knocking seven shades of you know what out of an assorted array of ne’er-do-wells before progressing beyond the edges of the screen.
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Here’s the reveal trailer for Streets of Rage 4, and below you’ll see the first actual gameplay screenshot:
The graphics are hand-drawn, while Dotemu is promising a thumping soundtrack that’ll rival the classic score from the original trilogy. Hopefully, the legendary Yuzo Koshiro – the composer of the original – will be involved but that hasn’t been confirmed.
Lizardcube is the studio behind the visuals on the remake of another classic SEGA title, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, while Dotemu was responsible for the return of Windjammers to the modern gaming realm.
Whether the studios involved can recapture that original SEGA magic after all this time remains to be seen. However, we’d be willing to bet a massive number of enduring Mega Drive fans will be all over this like white on rice.
There’s no news on which platforms have been selected for Streets of Rage 4, while the developers and publishers are yet to promise a release window.
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