As the man said: ‘My Body is Ready’
[Update: The original leaked listing has now appeared on Nintendo.co.uk. In addition, Lizardcube has issued a tweet that confirms the existence of unlockable “classic” characters and original soundtracks. The returning heroes (such as Max, Skate, and Dr. Zan) are playable in their old-school, 16-bit forms. A retail price of $24.99 USD was also confirmed.
The tweet does not, however, confirm the previously reported April 23 release date, and only suggests that Streets of Rage 4 is coming “soon.” You can check out a new “Retro Reveal” trailer at the foot of the article.]
A listing on the Australian Nintendo eShop has suggested that incoming brawler Streets of Rage 4 will be hitting storefronts (and faces) on April 23, at a price of around $38 AUD, or roughly $25 USD.
The listing includes features such as “12 unique stages,” the ability to unlock and play as classic characters – such as SoR 2‘s Max and Skate – and the option to switch out the new OST with “the music of the original Streets of Rage games.” Considering the heartfelt nostalgia demonstrated by visual designer Lizardcube in Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, these great-sounding features are more than believable.
Of course, none of this has been confirmed by Streets of Rage 4 publisher Dotemu, and as such should be taken with a pinch of salt. We will, of course, keep you updated should any official word be forthcoming. Honestly, I don’t think I could be more excited, given the pedigree on display in SoR 4‘s team of developers.
Streets of Rage 4 is scheduled to launch this spring on PS4, PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. A physical edition is currently available to pre-order from Limited Run Games.