If you are a Streets of Rage fan, then your twenty-four-year long wait for a new title has ended. Streets of Rage 4 is currently in development.
A reveal trailer for Streets of Rage 4 was released online today, which gave us a brief glimpse of the game and its content.
Streets of Rage 4 will feature the return of Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding as playable characters. These are the only playable characters revealed in the trailer, though they likely won't be the last, considering the fact that we haven't seen the likes of fan favorites such as Skates or Roo.
The enemies and special moves shown off the trailer all come from the earlier games in the series, with the exception of a new female villain who is carrying a large electric snake on her shoulders.
Streets of Rage 4 is being made by Lizarcube and is being published by DotEmu in association with Sega. Lizardcube is the company responsible for the recent port of Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, which was an HD remake of an old Master System game. Those of you who have played The Dragon's Trap can attest to how beautiful the artwork and sprites are, so Streets of Rage 4 is in good hands in terms of aesthetics.
Guard Crush Games is also working on Streets of Rage 4. This is the company responsible for Streets of Fury, which was a similar side-scrolling beat-em-up game that used an improved version of the digitized sprites from Mortal Kombat for its character art.
Streets of Rage 4 seems to be another nostalgic throwback game, in the vein of Double Dragon IV. We haven't seen enough of the game to make any judgments based on its quality, but there is a reason why the side-scrolling beat-em-up genre died out in the first place. Games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time may be fun for a short while, but they can be completed in the space of a few hours, which is the same for many similar games from the 16-bit era.
Streets of Rage 4 does not have a release date as of yet, nor has it been announced for any consoles. Going from what we have seen so far, it doesn't seem like it will be too taxing in terms of hardware, so it will likely be released on all of the major systems.