Yuzo Koshiro returns to lay down the beats for Streets of Rage 4 alongside Motohiro Kawashima and Street Fighter II composer Yoko Shimomura
While we’ve been excited about Streets of Rage 4 since the game was announced last year, the elephant in the room has been whether or not legendary composer Yuzo Koshiro would be reprising his role as composer for the latest entry in the long-running beat ’em up series.
Thankfully, DotEmu released a new trailer for the gaming confirming not only Koshiro’s involvement with the project but also that of Motohiro Kawashima, who worked alongside him to create the music for the original Streets of Rage trilogy on the Sega Genesis. To top it off, the duo of Streets of Rage veterans is also being joined by Yoko Shimomura, who most famously composed the melodies for Capcom’s Street Fighter II and Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars.
“Among these names stand some of the most legendary and memorable musical architects in video game history,” said Cyrille Imbert, executive producer of Streets of Rage 4. “Since we first announced the title last fall, fans have been asking who will be involved in the game’s soundtrack as it is a vital element to the Streets of Rage games. We are thrilled to confirm this world-class lineup of musical talent for Streets of Rage 4.”
“Originally, Sega’s president at the time ordered that we do better than Street Fighter II with Streets of Rage,” Koshiro remarked in a development video that explores creating the game’s soundtrack. “It is funny because this was our starting point when working on the game. I felt it is a strange turn of events that I end up working with Shimomura, who was working on that game at the time.
Reflecting on the series’ history and how the latest game came to be, Koshiro said, “Streets of Rage came out on the Mega Drive, however it wasn’t that popular in Japan. It perfomed better in the United States and Europe.” He continued, “To be honest, I had pitched a sequel to the series a few times. However, Sega wasn’t interested at the time. It was about 20 years ago. I find it interesting that a French team is working on it today,” referring to Lizardcube, the developer who is working on the title alongside Montreal-based studio Guard Crush Games.
Check out the Streets Of Rage 4 – Behind The Tracks development video below:
So, what are your thoughts on Yuzo Koshiro’s return to the Streets of Rage franchise with Streets of Rage 4? Are you looking forward to diving into this long-awaited brawler when it launches later this year? Sound off in the comments and let us know.