While the eShop listing for Streets of Rage 4 might have given a false release date last week, the real one wasn’t far behind, and it is certainly close enough to not pick at any wounds.
26 years after the last installment, Streets of Rage 4 is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch on April 30. This is just a week after the incorrectly listed date of April 23 appeared on the eShop last Wednesday, so if you saw that listing and got excited at the prospect of playing the game this month, you’re still in luck. If just by a day.
Along with the release date, it’s also been announced that Streets of Rage 4 is coming with a new Battle Mode, which turns the cooperative beat-em-up into something more along the lines of a fighting game to play competitively. The mode supports up to four players, both free-for-all and team fights, and is a first for the series that has typically not had a versus mode of any sort. In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Dotemu Executive Producer Cyrille Imbert said the mode is both to play against each other, but also acts as a sort of training ground to learn the move sets of each character.
“While it’s true that Streets of Rage 4 is all about cooperation, we thought it would be fun to let you guys play around with the characters and discover which of them is the most powerful, and which ones best suit your playing style,” Imbert said. “Whether you want to train your combos and specials, or just have some fun, Battle Mode is the place to do it.”
Check out the trailer showcasing the mode below:
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While the eShop listing from last week did have the wrong date, it also revealed a lot of other features those who have nostalgic ties to the series might find interesting. Including options to play with retro sprites that show characters in their old pixel art looks, including ones that weren’t included in the game’s base roster. While they won’t be in the hand drawn style of the rest of the cast, it will give fans a chance to play as their old favorites. Along with those pixel art sprites, there’s also an option to put on classic music from the first three Streets of Rage games, as well.
I haven’t played any of the previous Streets of Rage games, but I did get the chance to play Streets of Rage 4 at both PAX South and PAX East this year, and was really taken in by the game’s hand drawn aesthetic and the ways it makes combos and juggling enemies cooperative, rather than just letting you and your friends be on the same screen beating goons up. I’m excited to put some time into it in the coming weeks.