In a surprise announcement, DotEmu and Sega have teamed up to deliver a sequel to the iconic brawler series in Streets of Rage 4.
And it’s not just DotEmu, the game is being worked on in a collaboration between DotEmu, Lizardcube, and Guard Crush Games. Guard Crush was the developer of Streets of Fury. Dotemu and Lizardcube previously worked together as the respective publisher and developer of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap.
The game itself will bring back Axel and Blaze in a entirely new setting, with new enemies, levels and movesets. The entirely new story will feature hand-drawn visuals as well.
No details about a release or available platforms just yet, but there is a shiny new announcement trailer, which you can see down below. Although if I had to bet, I would feel pretty safe in guessing that this will be a mixed release on PC and consoles. And as someone who played many hours of the original Sega Genesis versions of Streets of Rage 1 and Streets of Rage 2, I’m kind of excited to see where the franchise innovates upon the classic brawler formula.
Sega’s Streets of Rage series debuted on the Sega Genesis in 1991. The original Streets of Rage was followed by sequels in 1992 and 1994. I’ll be watching this one very closely, and I hope it does well, as it’s literally my early childhood. I have clear memories of watching my older brother play it when I was very young, and then eventually spending many hours playing it myself a short while later. Streets of Rage is a series I’ll always have a soft spot for.