Streets of Rage 4 developer diary about reviving a classic beat ’em up

The iconic beat ’em up franchise Streets of Rage just hit “continue” and is ready for another go. The dev team shares their inspirations in a new Streets of Rage 4 developer diary.

In the video, publisher Dotemu, as well as co-developers Guard Crush Games and Lizardcube, give us a behind-the-scenes at the development of Streets of Rage 4.

During the video, developers from Dotemu and Guard Crush Games openly discuss their shared passion for the idea of reviving Streets of Rage. They draw inspiration from other known series such as Street Fighter 3: Third Strike, Virtua Fighter, Guardian Heroes, and Sengoku 3.

The team seems to be exhilarated and passionate about the game’s development, 25 years after Streets of Rage 3 was released. However, they are using Streets of Rage 2 as a benchmark, and not the previous game in the series.

Yūzō Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima, composers of Streets of Rage 1, 2, and 3, are back to craft the soundtrack for the fourth entry, to keep with the retro vibe. The two are joined by Yoko Shimomura (Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior, Kingdom Hearts trilogy), Hideki Naganuma (Jet Set Radio, Super Monkey Ball), and Keiji Yamagishi (Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl).

Streets of Reage 4 is expected on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC in 2020. The game will also be available via Xbox Game Pass.

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