Streets of Rage 4 launches this week, bringing to an end a 26-year wait that has been pretty unbearable for hardcore fans.
Created by Lizardcube, Dotemu and Guard Crush Games, this fourth entry in the series brings Alex, Blaze and their friends into the HD era – and we think it's pretty special, as we awarded it 9/10 in our recent review.
The game includes a whole host of extra content, including a gallery section which includes concept artwork for a bunch of unused character designs. It also shows what some of the included characters could have looked like.
If you'd rather discover these pieces of art for yourself, we'd advise against scrolling down the page any further – but if you're feeling brave then let us know what you think of them by posting a comment below.
First up, here's some alternative designs for the likes of Blaze, Floyd and Cherry:
Next up are some unused characters which never made it into the final game, including some returning enemies from previous entries in the series:
Finally, we've got some mock-up screens which came from very early in development and prototyping – it's interesting to note that there's a 'Rage' meter at the bottom of one of the screens:
Streets of Rage 4 launches on Switch on April 30th.