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This is not a drill.
It’s been almost 25 years since the last Streets of Rage game. That’s a quarter of a century. How time flies, right? Since then we assumed that the neon-drenched urban action saga was a thing of the past. However, crime never dies, and now it’s time to return to the streets for a fourth time and lay the smackdown to the scumbags that pollute them. Knuckle up.
Dotemu, in association with Sega, has confirmed that Streets of Rage 4, and is currently being developed at Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games. The first anime-inspired trailer for the game can be seen below, and fans will be pleased to see the return of some familiar faces. Prepare to have your mind blown.
As you can see from the trailer, series favourites Axel and Blaze will feature in the fight against crime and they clearly mean business. Some of the filth they’re beating up is recognisable, too. While the special effects and gameplay appear to be more in-tune with modern times, the retro spirit of the Streets of Rage we know and love is present throughout the trailer. Of course, the big question is whether Skate, Max, and Adam will also return to the fold as well? We’ll see…
According to the creators, the new game will feature “hand-drawn visuals from the team behind 2017’s gorgeous Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap remake.” On top of that, the new game “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 will also bring back the solo and multi-player formats. That means you can clean up the streets of its criminal filth as part of a team or as a lone wolf hero.
Streets of Rage was introduced in 1991 and became the ultimate fighter series, praised for its excellent effects, gameplay, gritty sensibilities, and an iconic score courtesy of Yuzo Koshiro. Inspired by movies like The Warriors and a host of smash ’em to a pulp games, players controlled some crime-fighting bad asses out to make the streets a better place, and characters weren’t opposed to eating random chickens they found in the garbage either. Sequels followed in 1992 and 1994, and comic spin-offs and novellas were also released. We’re still waiting for that television series.