Ever since the halcyon days and good times of the Sega Genesis era many gamers, myself included, remembers the excellent Streets of Rage. A simple side-scroller and brawler which helped define a lot of formative gaming experience for some gamers. And now, with the help of a coalition of developers, the series is coming back with a vengeance.
Say hello to Streets of Rage 4, a classic game thrust forward into the rabid competition of a completely new era.
Dotemu, Lizardcube, and Guard Crush Games have been working hard on reviving the old fighting game with a fresh new look, but as any gamer will tell you, visuals is only part of the tapestry that’s woven to create excellent games. The audio aspects are just as important, as good musical scoring and sound effects can completely change our perception of a piece of media.
To that end, the original composer who worked on the first game is returning to contribute to the new soundtrack. This is sure to delight many hardcore fans as the MIDI-based tunes of that retro era are still remembered fondly by many fans. There are also some rather talented and well-known names in video game sound design helping out. Street Fighter II composer Yoko Shimomura, Jet Set Radio composer Hideki Naganuma and Ninja Gaiden‘s Keiji Yamagishi are all putting work into the tracks for this new title.
The developers did reveal a new min-documentary about the music in their project, but not much else as of yet. So there’s no release date or confirmed platforms for Streets of Rage 4.