Classic SEGA beat-em-up returns in a new instalment almost 25 years later. Here is Streets of Rage 4!
Released on the SEGA Mega Drive (or Genisis if your one of our transatlantic friends) in 1991, the side-scrolling 2D beat-em-up, Streets of Rage, told the story of three young ex-police officers, Axel, Blaze and Adam.
Playing on your own or with a friend in co-op, the idea was simple. Choose one of the three characters and make your way from the left-hand side of the level to the right, beating up all the adversaries that come your way. The aim of the game is to reach and stop Mr X, the evil criminal mastermind.
Streets of Rage became one of SEGA’s biggest franchise and over the next three years, two more games followed in the series. Each game introduced new characters and more fighting moves.
And that is where it ended. Despite SEGA releasing two more consoles, the Saturn and the Dreamcast, and rumours of a new game in the Streets of Rage series appearing on those machines, it never happened.
A group of dedicated fans calling themselves Bomber Games spent eight years working on an impressive Streets of Rage Remake. Unfortunately, not long after it was finally released online in 2011, SEGA forced them to take it down as it was infringing on their intellectual property.
Now after twenty-four years, a new entry into the series has been revealed with this new announcement trailer.
Streets of Rage 4 will be published by DotEmu and is being developed by Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games. As you’ll see from the brief snippets of gameplay footage, this latest entry will feature hand-drawn visuals and single or co-op playability.
At this time, however, DotEmu has not disclosed either a release date or which platforms this classic brawler will be heading to.