A new video put out by French developer Dotemu has confirmed that legendary composer Yuzo Koshiro - the man behind the original games' soundtracks as well as a host of other classics from ActRaiser to Ys to The Revenge of Shinobi - is returning to the Streets of Rage series to work on the music for Streets of Rage 4.
A co-development between Lizardcube, Dotemu and Guard Crush Games, many fans found the idea of a Streets of Rage game without Koshiro's iconic music unconscionable, so there'll be many sighs of relief to discover his involvement with the project.
As you'll see if you watch the video above, he's not writing the soundtrack to this third sequel alone. Joined by Motohiro Kawashima, his collaborator from the second and third games, there's also a raft of other talent contributing to the soundtrack, including Yoko Shimomura, Hideki Naganuma and Keiji Yamagishi.
Yoko Shimomura's work on Street Fighter II solidified her as one of the greats (and, as mentioned in the video, influenced Koshiro during development of the original games), but she's had a hand in the music for games as diverse as Kingdom Hearts and Super Mario RPG. Hideki Naganuma is probably best known for his work on the Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio, and Keiji Yamagishi was behind classic Tecmo soundtracks, including Ninja Gaiden.
The devs still haven't confirmed platforms, so it's possible that this isn't Switch-bound. We'll have to wait and see what Dotemu has in store, but looking at the success of their past games on Switch, we'd say there's a better than average chance you'll be seeing more of this on a handheld hybrid near you.
Relieved to see the master back at the musical helm? What do you think of his sparkling entourage? Let us know below.
Very nice! So many great Sega revivals this year.
It seems like Yuzo Koshiro is working on every retro sound track now a days, hes on a couple of kickstarter games too
That’s what I like to hear.
They're taking their time confirming Skate and any other characters, huh? I'll be -very- surprised if Axel and Blaze are the only playables.
Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes!
It keeps getting better, can't wait for this!
This is fantastic news! Now bring back the classic pixel art, give us online multiplayer, and release the game for the Switch at the same time as the other consoles, and then we'll be good.
Great . . . although I'm not really a fan of the somewhat Flash-like art style of the new game. I would have much preferred something that pretty much looked like the original pixel art but now with everything drawn at like 4x the resolution so it's basically now in HD.
Ya know, a bit like this kind of stuff:
And if you're going to go for a more cartoon look with stuff from the '90s era, which I would also love and maybe even more so if done truly right, then at least go properly detailed with it so that every character and frame in-game would look on par with this kind of art:
That last picture is basically how every single frame of the character design and animation should look in a modern cartoon-like version of Streets of Rage imo.
1. Just get over the lack of pixel art. It's already a dead horse that needs to be buried.
2. This is a couch co-op game. There's no real reason to shoehorn online features for a game anyone can play together.
3. The Switch release isn't something to be worried about. If the release for the Wonder Boy remake is any idea, then the Switch version will probably release first.
Super Monkey Ball (they can fix Banana Blitz with this remaster)
I swear if Jet Set Radio or Sonic Adventure are down the line SEGA will make a Capcom-style return to glory
@BlueBlur101 Don't forget Herzog Zwei!
At 0.58 seconds in the video you have people playing Switch. Can't see what is on the screen but, seeing as the video is promoting Streets of Rage 4, I doubt it's Hello Kitty Kruisers.
@BlueBlur101 The problem is that only one of them is really up to par imo.
Panzer Dragoon can't even get the movement of the dragon to look as nice as the original. Watch whenever the player changes direction in the remake how much more jerky/snappy it is vs the original (I expect the same is true of the camera movement also). Not a good start.
Super Monkey Ball is just an HD port of the Wii game--doesn't even appear they've used any new graphics from what I can tell--which apparently is one of the weaker games in the series. Not bad, but I was a little disappointed when I found out that was all it was.
The new Wonder Boy again uses that kinda fugly and cheap Flash-like art style that is popular in so many modern remakes of beloved classics. I honestly hate that style and have not bought a single game that uses it.
SoR4--well you know my feelings on that one if you read my post above.
Only really Sonic Mania nailed it. And, to be clear, that's not specifically because it stuck to the original SD pixel art, because I personally believe you could still totally nail that classic aesthetic in HD when done right, but at least in sticking to the original pixel art it did so basically flawlessly and didn't screw things up.
Sega is slightly phoning it in and going through the motions with many of these new versions of beloved classic games imo; it's not giving them the true/full respect and love they deserve. It's kinda like the Mega Drive Classics made by AtGames (but still fully licensed and endorsed by Sega) vs Sega actually going all in and making the new Mega Drive Mini properly itself: Many aspects of Sega's "Mini" consoles were just not up to par until it really went all in and didn't half-*** things in any aspect.
I just want Sega to finally do these new versions of classic and beloved games right!
Actraiser, one of those games that doesn't have the greatest gameplay yet the overall experience is elevated by Yuzo Koshiro's amazing audio.
Sega, if you do a new version of Streets of Rage where every frame of the character animation looks as spot-on as this (along with still nailing all the other aspects like backgrounds, gameply and music similarly too) then I'll support you completely:
Until I see a Streets of Rage game up to that visual quality all the way through then you don't have my support because as far as I'm concerned you're just phoning it in, or all least not going all the way, and hoping to take advantage of the nostalgia and love that people like me still hold for your beloved classics.
It's just like it was with the crappy Mega Drive Classics made by AtGames as far as I'm concerned: I never touched those pieces of crap, and you don't get my money until you actually do it right.
And, for the record, I have the Mega Drive Mini pre-ordered on Amazon.
Now do you get it!
Not a fan of the art style but at least they Fixed Axel's beer gut from earlier footage. Some of the faces look only half drawn, and there's a guy with baggy jeans that look like they are made of jelly. A guy with his hands in his pockets that is poorly drawn and barely animated. It doesn't have to be pixel art, that's not the problem. Hopefully this is placeholder animation, and they'll keep working on it and give the project the effort it deserves. I hope it is good when it comes out. I hope they realize that this game is a more serious undertaking than Wonderboy.
KOSHIRO, NAGAMURA AND SHIMOMURA!?!?
That’s all that needs saying about this
This better be coming
Not a fan of the art style, but now the master is back on the sound hopefully this might be good. But I love retro gaming the pixel art of the Megadrive classics will never be bettered. I don’t care how many polygons or what ever you throw at modern stuff.
Geez I love pixel art too having lived through the 8 and 16 bit era but i think we need to move on. There are plenty of other modern games using the pixel art style anyway to buy. Maybe SOR4 is just not for you. Don’t buy it.
I disagree Wonderboy 3 was ugly. They did a great job I feel on that reimagining the world... but that’s just my opinion.
I'm glad Yuzo is doing music. Good news
@blackknight77 great news... they also have Jet Set Radio's Hideki Naganuma, Kingdom Hearts' Yoko Shimomura and Ninja Gaiden's Keiji Yamagishi....
The article didn’t mention when this game comes out. Is there still no release date?
SOR 1&2 soundtracks has some of the best music in video game history, so I’m definitely on the hype train.
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