Axel and Blaze return to clean up the city in Streets of Rage 4, trailer showcases familiar syndicate scum
Over the past 24 years, I’ve felt an emptiness inside that I couldn’t quite explain. Sure, I’ve gotten married, had a kid, and get to write about my life-long love of video games. Things should be great, right? Well, today I finally understood what I’d been missing all these years: a new Streets of Rage game. And now, over two decades since we last saw an entry in Sega’s iconic beat-’em-up series, it’s finally happening.
Publisher DotEmu this morning announced that Streets of Rage 4 is in development courtesy of Lizard Cube (the team who developed last year’s wonderful reboot Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap) and Guard Crush Games. The publisher promises this sequel “builds upon the classic trilogy’s gameplay with new mechanics, a fresh story and a gauntlet of dangerous stages with a serious crime problem.”
To celebrate the announcement, DotEmu has released a trailer showcasing series protagonists Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding cracking the skulls of a number of familiar baddies including Signal, Galsia, Big Ben, and more. These two iconic heroes have changed a bit over the past couple of decades with Axel now sporting a Grizzly Adams-esque beard, while Blaze is a bit more top-heavy than the last time we saw her.
Check out the trailer below:
As of the time of this writing, it’s unclear as to whether any other heroes such as Adam Hunter, Skate, Dr. Zan, or Max Thunder will be making an appearance. Additionally, while the game’s announcement press release promises “jammin’ ’90s beats”, it’s unclear as to whether or not veteran Streets of Rage composer Yuzo Koshiro will be reprising his role to provide floor-killing arrangements for this long-anticipated sequel.
DotEmu has not yet announced which consoles Streets of Rage 4 will be coming to. However, you better believe we’ll let you know as soon as we do.
So, what do you think of the look of the game so far? As always, we love to hear what you think. Sound off in the comments section below.