I was a frenzied Team SEGA acolyte back in the 16-bit era. To be truthful, it didn’t end there – I ended up buying a SEGA Saturn years later. It came in an old blue tog bag. In retrospect, think it was possibly stolen, but that’s neither here nor there. Anyway, for us cheering for the Mega Drive, Streets of Rage was a big deal, and, as the SNES was technically superior, SEGA needed big deals like Streets of Rage. Now, some 24 years later, a new generation of gamers will get to experience the revival of a certified classic.
Streets of Rage 4 is what they’re calling it. Which, contrary to your gut response, is actually an unexpected title, because these days every time a studio revives a classic franchise they get all nostalgic about naming conventions and want to be all rebooty and they just call it “Whatever”, where Whatever is the name of the original franchise in question. Kinda like how Microsoft called the Xbox 720 the Xbox One and confused everyone’s mom when they went to try to buy you the latest console you’d been nagging about.
But I digress.
Sticking to the classic formula of walking from left to right, smashing people’s faces in, Streets of Rage 4 revives two of the original heroes, Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding, ready to walk right and smash faces alone or in co-op mode. It’s a proper sequel too, with an original story which follows Streets of Rage canon. So, presumably, something about bad guys and bloodied retribution.
Streets of Rage 4 is being published by Dotemu, the people who published the Wonderboy reboot, and developed by Lizardcube, along with Guard Crush Games, the team responsible for Streets of Fury, which looks like Streets of Rage with digitised characters where you beat up failed rappers in a subway.
We don’t know when it’s coming out, or on which platforms, but we’re sure to hear more from Dotemu before long.