Sega Mega Drive classic Streets of Rage returning for fourth instalment

It's been 25 years since Axel, Blaze and the gang took on The Syndicate.

Streets of Rage.
Streets of Rage. An absolute classic Image Sega

Streets of Rage, the popular side-scrolling beat ’em up gaming franchise that was a popular fixture among Sega Mega Drive fans, is making a comeback.

It’s nearly 25 years since the last entry, Streets of Rage 3, was released on the 16-bit console.

While plans were in place for two further sequels on Sega’s follow-up console, the Saturn, a disagreement with the game’s developers, Core, resulted in the games being cancelled.

But now plans for Streets of Rage 4 are back on with publisher DotEmu and developers Lizardcub and Guard Crush Games announcing plans for the long-awaited sequel.

DotEmu even went as far as to release a trailer showcasing the game’s aesthetic, which is sure to go down well with fans.

There’s no word yet on what platforms the game will be available on or when exactly it will be released but franchise favourites Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding will definitely return as playable characters.

Streets of Rage already enjoyed a revival of sorts as a mobile game released by Sega, but fans have been calling out for another sequel with Streets of Rage 2 regarded as one of the best games ever released on the Mega Drive.

The revival seems to be in good hands with developers Lizardcube already earning plaudits for their remake of another Sega classic, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap.

Guard Crush Games carry some clout too, having recently released Streets of Fury, a noticeably similar side-scrolling beat-em-up regarded by many fans as a spiritual sequel to Streets of Rage.

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