With less than two weeks until Streets of Rage 4’s release, publisher Dotemu has managed to sneak out one last surprise – Streets of Rage 4 Retro Characters.
The inclusion of the Streets of Rage retro characters brings together all previous mainline characters from Streets of Rage 1-3 – with the exception of Roo and the Japanese exclusive boss; Ash.
It’s also confirmed in the announcement video above that these characters can be used in the game’s main story mode as well as the recently announced battle mode – bringing the roster to a total of 17 playable characters:
- Axel (Streets of Rage 1, 2, 3 and 4)
- Blaze (Streets of Rage 1, 2, 3 and 4)
- Adam (Streets of Rage 1 and 4)
- Max (Streets of Rage 2)
- Skate (Streets of Rage 2 and 3)
- Dr Zan (Streets of Rage 3)
- Shiva (Streets of Rage 3)
- Floyd (Steets of Rage 4)
- Cherry (Streets of Rage 4)
It’s unclear how you’ll go about unlocking the additional 12 characters, and some may be a little underwhelmed by 4 versions of both Axel and Blaze padding out the roster.
As well as being able to choose your favourite brawler from past Streets of Rage titles, you’ll also be able to listen to soundtracks from both Streets of Rage 1 and 2, which quite rightly are considered some of the greatest 16bit music tracks of all time.
Streets of Rage 4 is due for release on the 30th April 2020 and will be available digitally on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, with a Switch and PlayStation 4 physical release available through Limited Run Games.