Reviving a 25 year old franchise – most of the big publishers don’t dare to do that. Although the financial means would be there. The risks are great and many variables are unknown. Quite a few publishers sit on brands that have been untouched for decades and are still well known today.
Sega shows how to deal with it. The age-old Streets of Rage, which still has a name today, was licensed by Dotemu’s resuscitation experts and quickly developed Streets of Rage 4. With attention to detail, a lot of nostalgia, but also open to innovations. The result is now 1.5 million units sold, which one can rightly be proud of.
Dotemu announced this today together with co-developers Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games. Incidentally, this refers to “downloaded” units, i.e. only the downloads. Both Limited Run Games and Merge Games subsequently published physical versions that probably do not count here. The version from Merge Games is available on Amazon *.
At the same time, a new patch was released today that makes almost “80 updates, bug fixes and balance changes” on the game. You can find the full patch information at Dotemu.
The continuation after over 25 years
Streets of Rage offers a total of 4 17 playable characters. Streets of Rage 4 is a brand new sequel to Sega’s legendary fighting game series, which came to an end with Streets of Rage 3 in 1994.
As with previous work by Dotemu, they only want to revise the classic game concept very specifically. Streets of Rage 4 is supposed to remind the gameplay of the originals, but thanks to some improvements by the developers Guard Crush Games and Lizardcube invent its own style.
Images: Streets of Rage 4, Dotemu, Lizardcube, Guard Crush Games