Merge Games has revealed that physical Streets of Rage 4 copies will release at retailers across Europe this July.
The side-scrolling brawler will receive a Standard Edition (£34.99 / €39.99) and a Signature Edition (£49.99 / €59.99), with pre-orders now open on the Signature Edition store.
The Standard Edition will come with a physical copy of Streets of Rage 4, a reversible cover with alternative artwork, an artbook and a keyring featuring the game’s iconic logo.
In addition to these extras, the Signature Edition will also include:
- Five limited edition enamel pins featuring Cherry Hunter, Blaze Fielding, Axel Stone, Adam Hunter and Floyd Iraia
- Numbered collector’s certificate, printed with the developers’ signatures.
- Axel Stone’s blue bandana complete with Streets of Rage 4 logo
- Outer sleeve featuring alternative artwork.
With hand-drawn visuals from the team behind Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap remake, with Streets of Rage 4 the co-developers have looked to build on the cult classic trilogy’s gameplay “with new mechanics, a fresh story and a gauntlet of dangerous stages with a serious crime problem.”
You can either clean up the city on your own or team up with a friend to beat up the gangsters, in what is promised to be “a skull-bashing, chicken-chomping delight all set to a thumping soundtrack sure to get your blood pumping.”
There are retro throwbacks to the original trilogy, such as “unlockable pixel art characters with movesets and abilities unique to their respective games.”
These retro characters bring the game’s playable roster count to 17, with the original Streets of Rage fighters able to call the cops for their special moves whereas Streets of Rage 3’s cast can sprint and roll through environments.
Streets of Rage 4 is now available on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide and will release at retail in Europe on 24th July 2020.