Streets of Rage 4 exists. It’s a thing. It’s no longer a fantasy of longtime fans of the series.
It’s now a reality. The trailer dropped the same day as Cyberpunk 2077, so mark that day as a very good day in gaming.
The most exciting part about this announcement is this is not a reboot of the franchise, it’s a whole new chapter picking up where the trilogy left off, and from the looks of things, Axel is ready to bring it.
Here’s the full press release:
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.
LizardCube, known for their recent work with the Wonder Boy franchise, is the driving force behind this new entry and from what we have seen so far this looks like it is picking up right where the series left off. In glorious 2D hand-drawn visuals with a little sprinkle of modern gaming to it.