Publisher and co-developer Dotemu (publisher of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, developer of Windjammers 1 and 2) with co-developers Lizardcube (Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap) and Guard Crush Games (Streets of Fury) today announced 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.
Further detailed in a video deep dive focused on the game’s musical direction, Streets of Rage 4 will also include new contributions from Scattle (Hotline Miami 1 & 2), Das Mörtal (Hotline Miami 2), XL Middleton, and Groundislava. Sample one of Derivière’s Streets of Rage 4 beats and learn more about the new guest composers by viewing the video in full here:
Derivière’s musical vision echoes the philosophy at the heart of Streets of Rage 4: 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.
In celebration of today’s announcement, four tracks from Streets of Rage 4’s soundtrack courtesy of Olivier Derivière, Das Mörtal, and Groundislava are now streamable on Dotemu’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/dotemu-games
This collaboration will see each guest composer contributing distinctive, pulse-spiking boss fight themes. Furthering the creative commitment for an authentic Streets of Rage experience, Koshiro and Kawashima carry 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.
Due to scheduling complications, Hideki Naganuma is regrettably no longer able to contribute to Streets of Rage 4 for now. Harumi Fujita, an iconic veteran musician behind a trove of classic Capcom melodies including Final Fight, Capcom’s answer to the Streets of Rage series, has been kind enough to share her talent instead. Fujita’s signature melodic approach to music composition and her extensive experience with games contributing all-time greats to the NES’ melodic library like Bionic Commando and Mega Man 3 help to round out the Streets of Rage 4 musical lineup in a truly unique way.
The first mainline Streets of Rage game in more than 25 years, Streets of Rage 4 reunites the series’ original brawling trio for an all-new experience backed by a gorgeous hand-drawn art style invoking the series’ gritty urban aesthetic. Streets of Rage 4 introduces new playable characters, expanded fighting mechanics, and music from an all-star list of composers, making Axel, Blaze, and Adam’s triumphant return the fight of a lifetime.
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 this spring on PC, PS4, XB1 and Switch.