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.