After 24 years of silence, developers Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games with the help of publisher Dotemu will revive the series with Streets of Rage 4. The updated art-style and gameplay of the SEGA arcade classic is sure to impress life-long fans and nostalgia fiends.
The game maintains the beloved classic gameplay while being modernised by the masterminds at Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games. From the team behind 2017’s superb Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, the fourth edition introduces a new story, mechanics, and stages rampant with much needed ‘street cleaning’.
Found by industry veteran Omar Cornut, Lizardcube holds skilled employees with backgrounds with PixelJunk Shooter, Tearaway, and Dear ImGui. The art style is in good hands with artist Ben Fiquet, known for Nintendo DS title Soul Bubbles. Guard Crush Games may ring a bell from their work on heavily SoR inspired Streets of Fury. They are a company absolutely fascinated and in love with the 2D-sidescroller.
Kicking off in 1991 with Streets of Rage for the Sega Genesis, the series quickly found a following with sequels in 1992 and 1994. It’s well known for Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima’s vibrant electronic soundtrack, reminiscent of the 90s dance music scene. The original was recently part of the May 2018 Games for Gold program and all three are included in the newest Sega Genesis Classics Collection.
The announcement may be in light of recent production of SEGA franchise television series, including Streets of Rage and Altered Beast. In partnership with the producers of The Walking Dead, optimism is circulating the show. Additionally, with the recent revival of Double Dragon, the resurgence of 2D arcade-brawlers may be on the horizon.
Players can gang up with friends or fight as a one-man army in Streets of Rage 4, the ‘skull-bashing, chicken-chomping delight all set to a thumping soundtrack sure to get your blood pumping’.
Platforms and release date are yet to be confirmed. Hold on, don’t go unleashing your rage on us just yet! We’ll keep you up to date on Checkpoint’s Facebook, Twitter, our fun weekly podcast or here on our website.