Axel and Blaze are Back in Action in First Gameplay Trailer for Streets of Rage 4

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Streets of Rage 4 (intially announced back in August), the hand-drawn reboot/sequel to the popular gaming franchise. Today, however, we finally get our first glimpse of gameplay in action with a new trailer:

The clip finds our dear friends Axel and Blaze reunited and dishing out beatdowns – with all-new moves – to a fledgling group of ill-advised criminals in full force. Streets of Rage 4’s vibrant visuals, courtesy of the team behind 2017’s stunning Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap remake, bring the game’s troubled city to life with a fluid, exaggerated style. The game’s hand-drawn animation adds a burst of flair to every pummeling while still encompassing the gritty aesthetic perfected within the original trilogy.

Streets of Rage 4 is the first installment to the mainline series in more than two decades and will revitalize the iconic baddie-bashing gameplay with modern touches, fresh pulsing jams, and more surprises to be revealed. The team behind Streets of Rage 4 is drawing from a lifetime of love for brawlers to introduce new fans and remind veterans alike why Streets of Rage is one of SEGA’s most beloved series.

I’m loving the art style they’re using here and the combat looks fluid and fast-paced, exactly what you want out of a modern beat ’em up. While it’s a short clip things certainly look promising and I’m definitely eager to get my hands on it. What do you think of the new trailer?