By Aaron Evangelisti / April 8th, 2020
You might have seen stories going around the internet about a release date being revealed for Streets of Rage 4 via Nintendo eShop. Well, in a press release put out today by publisher and co-developer Dotemu, they wanted to inform everyone that that date is NOT accurate or confirmed, although they promise the game will launch “soooooOOooOOoon”.
This correction was not the only thing Dotemu had to say, however. They also wish to reveal a major new feature many fans of the series should probably enjoy when the game finally does launch. Every main character from previous entries will be playable in Streets of Rage 4, including past versions of Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding. These retro characters will be rendered in all their pixelated glory with their movesets and mechanics from previous games intact. Characters from the first game can still call the cop car to bazooka all the enemies on the screen, and Streets of Rage 3 characters can dash and roll. In addition to returning characters you’ll also be able to play through Streets of Rage 4 with the soundtracks from the first two games playing in the background. Be sure to checkout the trailer below to see all this retro stuff in action:
Streets of Rage 4 will come to a PlayStation 4, XBox One, Nintendo Switch and PC near you sometime this spring. Checkout the press release below for more details:
PARIS (April 8, 2020) – Publisher and co-developer Dotemu (publisher of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, developer of Windjammers 1 and 2) with co-developers Lizardcube (Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap) and Guard Crush Games (Streets of Fury) announced today that Streets of Rage 4 will be dishing out the knockouts with unlockable classic characters and music from Streets of Rage 1 & 2 for fully nostalgic brawls. Streets of Rage 4 will be released this spring for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One for $24.99, with the release date to be confirmed. Fans on Steam can wishlist the game here: [https://store.steampowered.com/app/985890/Streets_of_Rage_4/.]
Dotemu released an action-packed gameplay trailer today which reveals some of Streets of Rage 4’s tributes to the original trilogy, including unlockable pixel art characters with movesets and abilities unique to their respective games; Streets of Rage’s fighters can call the cops for their special moves, while Streets of Rage 3’s characters can sprint and roll through environments. Catch Skate, Max, and all the throwback warriors making their glorious return by viewing the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5meiRPJTWU&feature=youtu.be
These retro characters combine with Streets of Rage 4’s five hand-animated leading fighters to bring the total playable roster’s count to 17. For a full nostalgic trip, players can also switch to the series iconic original soundtrack, handing out beatdowns backed by tracks from Streets of Rage 1 and Streets of Rage 2. Taking down thugs with these timeless songs cranked up makes for an incredibly satisfying retro experience.
Streets of Rage 4 is the first entry to the mainline series in more than 25 years. The revival merges classic Streets of Rage elements with fresh directions for more combat possibilities, strikingly fluid hand-drawn art, and an inventive, distinct soundtrack led by Olivier Derivière which incorporates worldwide talent, including significant contributions from series composers Yūzō Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima.
For the latest on Streets of Rage 4, be sure to wishlist the game on Steam (https://store.steampowered.com/app/985890/Streets_of_Rage_4/), head to www.streets4rage.com, check out www.facebook.com/StreetsofRage4, run up a combo between @Dotemu, @Lizardcube, and @Guard_Crush’s follow buttons on Twitter, or join us on Discord: https://discord.gg/DvVq4yz.
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