Welcome back to Introducing: The article where TBG keep you updated on some of the new and exciting titles on the horizon. Today we are excited to share a new behind the scenes video for the upcoming Streets of Rage 4, coming soon to PC and home console, we’re going bare-knuckle with this one, so let’s get started!
Whats is Streets of Rage 4?
Streets of Rage 4 is the series’ first mainline entry in more than 25 years, reuniting Axel, Blaze, Adam, and introducing new fighters a decade after the events of Streets of Rage 2. With devastating new combat abilities, fluid animation, and original music from franchise composers Yūzō Koshiro (Streets of Rage 1, 2, & 3, Sonic the Hedgehog), Motohiro Kawashima (Streets of Rage 2 & 3, Shinobi II) and a renowned team of contributing musicians, Streets of Rage 4 celebrates the iconic series’ past while offering an inventive, skull-crackling brawl all its own.
What’s the latest?
Streets of Rage 4 publisher and co-developer Dotemu (publisher of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, Windjammers 1, developer of Windjammers 2) with co-developers Lizardcube (developer of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap) and Guard Crush Games (developer of Streets of Fury) recently shared new details on the stunning hand-drawn visuals backing the infamous series’ spectacular return. The behind-the-scenes look debuts ahead of Streets of Rage 4’s launch on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One later this year.
The video, led by Lizardcube’s Art & Creative Director Ben Fiquet and Lead Background Artist Julian Nguyen You, explores the extraordinary level of detail Lizardcube is bringing to Streets of Rage 4’s bustling city along with a bold style emphasizing linework and movement. Lizardcube’s vision incorporates fresh additions and a distinctive feel while upholding the series’ signature neon-soaked urban aesthetic – and even adds in elements once planned for the original Streets of Rage 2, including a car barreling onto the screen and crashing into players.
Who are Dotemu?
Dotemu is a French video game company specializing in modern releases of beloved retro games. Their mission is simple: give every gamer access to yesteryear’s classic video games on today’s platforms, including PC, mobile, console and more. Working alongside the world’s most cherished and recognized publishers, the Dotemu team has published a number of global top-sellers across both PC and console including Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, with additional development and publishing work on Windjammers 1 and 2, several games in the Ys series, and more.
Founded in 2007, Dotemu leverages its considerable technological know-how to maintain the original spirit of classic games while giving them a second life as rediscovered gems for a new generation of gamers.
Who are Lizardcube?
Lizardcube is a Parisian games studio founded by game industry veteran Omar Cornut (Pixeljunk Shooter, Tearaway, Soul Bubbles, Dear ImGui) and traditional comic/animation artist Ben Fiquet (Soul Bubbles). It is best known for the acclaimed remake of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap praised for its gorgeous art style and retro engineering marvel.
Who are Guard Crush Games?
Guard Crush Games was founded in 2009 by Jordi Asensio and Cyrille Lagarigue based on their passion for classic beat-em-up and side-scrolling titles. The team is best known for its Xbox 360 release, Streets of Fury, and follow-up on PC Streets of Fury: Extended Edition in 2015, which revel in over-the-top action and capture the studio’s love for fun side-scrolling brawlers.