We’re living in a crazy fantastic time where seemingly dead series can be revived at any given moment. Streets of Rage 4 was just announced and is in development! For those unaware, the first three were released on the Sega Genesis back in the ’90s as an alternative to games like Double Dragon and Final Fight.
Now, decades after the last game was released, we’re getting Streets of Rage 4. The gameplay looks to be similar to the original trilogy, but the graphics have been given a stylized cartoon animated overhaul. Some of the same people who worked on Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap are putting in time to make this game something special! Watch the trailer and take a look at the PR for more information. We should mention that no platforms or release window have been announced, but we’d be shocked if this one didn’t come to the Switch.
Publisher Dotemu (Wonder Boy, Windjammers 1/2) and developers Lizardcube (Wonder Boy) and Guard Crush Games today revealed Streets of Rage 4, an all-new continuation of SEGA’s iconic arcade brawler series known for its radical fights, jammin’ ‘90s beats and dashing sparring gloves and bandanas.
Streets of Rage, known as Bare Knuckle (ベア・ナックル Bea Nakkuru) in Japan, is a 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, Streets of Rage 4 is a skull-bashing, chicken-chomping delight all set to a thumping soundtrack sure to get your blood pumping.