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This one’s making me feel old. It’s been 26 years since the last Streets of Rage game, and quite frankly we are long overdue a new entry. There have been various attempts to resurrect the series of the years, including an early Dreamcast tech demo never taking into full production, and a 2012 pitch to Sega from Scottish studio Ruffian Games, which sadly Sega did not give the go-ahead for. But now, courtesy of developer Lizardcube, we’re now finally getting a new entry in the legendary scrolling beat ‘em up series. And now it’s got a release date.
Coming out on April 30th, we’re getting what looks like a mostly faithful sequel to the classic Streets of Rage games. It’s using higher-resolution artwork, but it’s still the same side-scrolling 2D perspective the original games were famous for.
This is a new developer, but there is some talent from the original games returning, where iconic composer Yuzo Koshiro will be returning to contribute music to the new game, plus a host of other composers famous for producing brilliant work for other games in that era.
Clearly they’re hoping to appeal to the nostalgia of players who remember the original games, and perhaps they’ll be able to bring in new players too. It’s playable in single-player, or in offline or online multiplayer, both in co-op or versus.
The Steam page is live now, check it out. Is this going to be something you check out when it releases? Do you remember the original games? Let us know what you think.