Before open world exploration, before 3D hack and slashing, the gamers of yesteryear enjoyed simply roaming the mean streets of a crime ridden Metropolitan city and beating the snot out of people. It was just you against a massive gang causing all kinds of trouble for the innocent people of your fair city. Something had to be done. Someone had to do something. No mystic swords. No space-age machine gun. No incredibly attractive AI. Just your fists and a ‘give ’em hell’ attitude. Those were the days.
And they’re coming back.
It has been revealed that Paris-based companies Lizardcube and DotEmu are working a fourth installment title for Sega’s classic side scrolling beat ’em up, Streets of Rage. The trailer below shows the characters Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding are back in action to clean up the mean streets on their city. The game will feature hand drawn animation. As you can see in the above pic, the characters remain relatively unchanged except Axel now sports a beard and appears to be heavier set. As of now, there is no release date nor has it been revealed which systems the game will launch for.
Streets of Rage was not the first classic beat ’em up to make a comeback. In 2012, Billy and Jimmy Lee returned for another go at the Shadow Warriors in “Double Dragon Neon”, a reboot title developed by Wayforward. Arc System Works brought the rights to Double Dragon in 2015 after Technōs Japan became defunct. The latest release, Double Dragon IV (not to be confused with the Super NES game) was released on January 30, 2017, for PlayStation 4, January 31 for Microsoft Windows, and September 7, 2017 for Nintendo Switch.