The current console generation has been quite good to Sega Genesis fans. The last few years have treated old-school Sega fans to a handful of retro revivals of Genesis classics, including Sonic Mania and ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove. In just a few short weeks, that list might be going up by one, as a release date for Streets of Rage 4 has, apparently, leaked. The game will allegedly see release on April 23rd, but it should be noted that the developer has given a more tentative "coming soon." Regardless, it looks like the wait shouldn't be too much longer!
While the original Streets of Rage games were made in-house by Sega, Streets of Rage 4 is being published by Dotemu, and developed by LizardCube, the team responsible for the well-regarded remake of Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap. Fans can rest easy, however, as it seems this new installment in the series will feature plenty of fan-service for long-time players, and the newest trailer certainly highlights that.
Streets of Rage 4 will feature a whopping 12 unlockable fighters from the entirety of the franchise, including characters such as Skate, Zan, and Max. Alongside the game's previously announced characters, the unlockable additions bring the roster up to 17 fighters in total. Additionally, players can opt to switch out the game's new soundtrack for retro tracks from the first two entries in the Streets of Rage franchise.
Max, Skate, Zan and more are back!
Dozen playable fighters from the previous games and retro tracks are joining the brawl in Streets of Rage 4, releasing soon on PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One for $24.99. #SOR4April 8, 2020
Upon release, Sonic Mania and ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove were both embraced in a major way by Sega fans. By mixing classic gameplay with modern inclusions, the games were critical and commercial successes. It's impossible to say whether or not Streets of Rage 4 will fare similarly, but LizardCube and Dotemu seem determined to reach those same heights.
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