Dotemu has released a brand new trailer for Streets of Rage 4 in which a new feature was announced, and it is a throwback. In Streets of Rage 4 players will have the option to use the original pixel character models from Streets of Rage, Streets of Rage 2, and Streets of Rage 3 with all of the classic moves making the transition over. That includes using Axel’s ability to call in cops that are armed with rocket launchers. That also means all of the characters from those games will be playable, and added together with the Streets of Rage 4 characters there are 17 playable characters in total. Streets of Rage 4 will also include the soundtracks of Streets of Rage 1 and 2.
In a recent Streets of Rage 4 hands on Miguel wrote:
Regardless of who you play as, don’t expect Streets of Rage 4 to be a walk in the park. Enemies dynamically scale in strength and number depending on how many players are in the game, so bringing a buddy in won’t help you much in evening the odds against tough foes and brutal bosses. You also won’t get far is you run in mashing buttons, but if you smartly work together and play to your character’s strengths, you might just stand a chance.
A few new abilities help out as well. One is an ultimate attack you can unleash after collecting special tokens. The tokens aren’t frequent, though, so you’ll have to choose when you use the ability carefully. The other new control addition seems minor, but will feel like a big deal to long-time beat ’em up fans. You now have a dedicated item pickup button, removing the frustrations of accidentally grabbing the food a friend needed or struggling to pick up your own item in the heat of battle.
You can read the full preview of Streets of Rage 4 and Windjammers 2 here.