‘Streets of Rage 4’ is coming 24 years after its Sega Genesis predecessor

Are you ready to rage? Publisher Dotemu and developers Guard Crush Games and Lizardcube made a 24-year-old dream come true on Monday with the announcement of Streets of Rage 4.

The first entry in the iconic Sega beat-’em-up series to release since the 1994’s Streets of Rage 3 for Sega Genesis, the new installment will rock some fresh hand-drawn graphics and combine them with a set of modern mechanics to bring the franchise into the future.

Previously, Guard Crush Games handled the development of Streets of Fury, a similar brawler from 2015 that included much of the same attitude and beat-’em-up mechanics as Streets of Rage, albeit in a different wrapper. Streets of Rage 4 will feature a selection of new ways to fight and a brand-new story this time around as the sequel to Streets of Rage 3.

There’s no information yet about what kind of platforms the game will come to, but there’s a trailer to pore over. It features some pretty decadent animation and a soundtrack introducing Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding as they take on all comers. Yes, they look as cool as their names sound.

The internet can’t believe its collective eyes that this game has been brought into the present. As one excited gamer pointed out on Twitter, it’s an amazing time right now for Sega fans. Seriously, think about it. Shenmue, Yakuza, and now Streets of Rage 4? Next thing you know, they’re going to announce a Samba de Amigo that doesn’t rely on terrible Wii-based motion controls.

There’s a whole lot of love going around for the classic franchise.

Gamers can’t wait to get their hands on Streets of Rage 4, whenever that may be. Lookin’ good, Axel and Blaze!

Brittany Vincent

Brittany Vincent

Brittany Vincent has covered gaming, anime, tech, and entertainment for over a decade. When she’s not writing, she’s replaying Um Jammer Lammy or Day of the Tentacle for the hundredth time while pining for a Harvester sequel. Find her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake.