The anticipation for Dotemu, Lizardcube, and Guard Crush Games‘ Streets of Rage 4 certainly falls on the high side here at Geek Culture. The return of the side-scrolling classic in a modern form just gets us all excited. Now, the developers have announced something to make it sweeter.
Olivier Derivière, the talent behind soundtracks for A Plague Tale: Innocence, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Dying Light 2, and more, is serving as Streets of Rage 4’s main composer with support from an impressive roster of international guest musicians.
There will also be new contributions from Scattle (Hotline Miami 1 & 2), Das Mörtal (Hotline Miami 2), XL Middleton, and Groundislava.
The overarching direction for Derivière’s musical vision lined up perfectly with what the whole game is about. As stated, it is:
Infusing the timeless, classic elements of the original Streets of Rage games with a modern approach to gameplay, art and design, channeling the nostalgic glory of the genre-defining beat-em-ups through the music of series composers Yūzō Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima, along with featured Japanese composers, while instilling a unique spirit throughout Streets of Rage 4 via Western artists and Derivière’s sonic creations.
Interested parties can also head to Soundcloud to listen to four tracks from the game’s OST now.
The collaboration will see each guest composer adding their distinctive, pulse-spiking boss fight themes. Koshiro and Kawashima will also have special and expanded presences throughout Streets of Rage 4 and have each provided several tracks; Koshiro’s contributions include both the game’s main theme as well as the song backing the first stage in addition to other songs.
The duo’s iconic legacies are integral parts of Derivière’s goals for the soundtrack.
Streets of Rage 4 will feature music from:
- Olivier Derivière (Dying Light 2, A Plague Tale: Innocence, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, GreedFall, Vampyr …)
- Yūzō Koshiro (Streets of Rage 1, 2 & 3, Ys I & II, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Revenge Shinobi, Shenmue I & II, Super Smash Bros. Brawl for 3DS and Wii U & Ultimate, ActRaiser 1 & 2 …)
- Motohiro Kawashima (Streets of Rage 2 & 3, Shinobi II, Batman Returns …)
- Yoko Shimomura (Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Kingdom Hearts I, II & III, Super Mario RPG, Legend of Mana, Parasite Eve …)
- Keiji Yamagishi (Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl, Captain Tsubasa …)
- Harumi Fujita (Final Fight, Mega Man 3, Bionic Commando, Strider, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, Tomba! …)
- Scattle (Hotline Miami 1 & 2)
- Das Mörtal (Hotline Miami 2)
- XL Middleton
Streets of Rage 4 is scheduled to launch later this year on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch