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Classics characters and retro music are confirmed for Streets of Rage 4.

DotEmu – publisher of the glorious Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap – has revealed more fan-friendly details on upcoming brawler, Streets of Rage 4.

As shown in the new trailer, the game revels in the franchise’s heritage with unlockable pixel art characters with move sets taken from past games. To give one example, characters from Streets of Rage 3 can run and roll through stages. The returning fighters join Streets of Rage 4’s new cast to create a full roster of 17 playable characters.

The retro vibe is completed by optional in-game music from Streets of Rage 1 and Streets of Rage 2. Have a look and listen in the game’s new trailer.

The game’s new music is composed by the talented Olivier Derivière with contributions from series composers Yūzō Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima.

We’re still not 100% convinced on the new art style, but it’s evident that this is no quick cash in. Developers Guard Crush and Lizardcube appear to be embracing the chance to bring the series back with its first new title in over 25 years.

Streets of Rage 4 will be released this spring for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. The Nintendo eShop currently lists the release date as April 23, 2020.

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