Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over. A new Streets of Rage is on its way!
That’s right, following months of hearsay Dotemu and Lizardcube, the developer and publisher of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, announced the release of Streets of Rage 4 today in partnership with Sega.
The latest in the Streets series will feature all your favourites from Axel and Blaze in ‘an entirely original arcade-style romp’ that will feature your standard vintage gameplay yet new fighting devices and an original story to boot.
It is the longest break between games in the series. The last Streets of Rage was released in 1994 believe it or not.
Streets of Rage, known as Bare Knuckle in Japan, in the memories of a certain generation remains a near-perfect trilogy of beat ’em up games developed and published by SEGA in the 1990s.
Famously known for its non stop action and electronic dance influenced music – scored by Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima – the series has gained the status of cult classic throughout the years. It is considered one of the best beat ’em up series of all time. After many years, Axel and Blaze are finally picking up the fight where they left.
Featuring hand-drawn visuals from the team behind 2017’s gorgeous Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap remake, Streets of Rage 4 builds upon the classic trilogy’s gameplay with new mechanics, a fresh story and a gauntlet of dangerous stages with a serious crime problem.
Streets of Rage 4 recalls classic gameplay but it stands as an entirely original arcade-style romp thanks to the expertise of Guard Crush Games and Dotemu.
‘Whether players gang up with a friend or clean up the city solo,’ they write on their website. ‘Streets of Rage 4 is a skull-bashing, chicken-chomping delight all set to a thumping soundtrack sure to get your blood pumping.’
We can’t wait!