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'Double Dragon IV' Is The New Retro Game Coming To PS4, PC Via Steam This Jan. 30

26 December 2016, 8:10 pm EST By Vincent Lanaria Tech Times
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Double Dragon IV is set to roll out to the PS4 and PC via Steam on Jan. 30, and it's the new retro-like game coming to town.

Back in 2015, Arc System Works acquired the rights to the franchise of the classic game, and the BlazBlue and Guilty Gear developer is launching this new entry just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the series.

Double Dragon IV Teaser Trailer

The two-minute video shows clip after clip and one punch after another from the original NES game, but at the 1:02 mark, the action is interrupted to prepare everyone for the reveal of Double Dragon IV at 1:09.

Lo and behold, the upcoming game is more or less a carbon copy of the earlier ones in terms of gameplay and graphics, using even the same sprites.

Check out the action-packed footage below:

Near the end, the video also shows the main menu of Double Dragon IV, and other than the story mode, the selection includes 2P Duel, option to change the language to Japanese, and a mysterious "???."

Gift To Retro Gamers

With retro games making a comeback of sorts by way of the NES Classic Edition, which features Double Dragon II, Double Dragon IV may be considered as a way to get a fix of the classic game since the Nintendo console isn't exactly easy to get by.

That said, crafty gamers can go ahead and build a mini NES, though.

Wrapping Up

Double Dragon IV stays true to the series in more ways than expected because of its 8-bit style, and as Polygon points out, some of its original developers are behind it, including director Yoshihisa Kishimoto, producer Takaomi Kaneko, character designer Koji Ogata, composer Kazunaka Yamane, and programmer Kei Oyama.

However, those who thought they were going to see an upgrade in graphics along the lines of Double Dragon Neon won't find what they're looking for here.

The downloadable version of Double Dragon IV will hold customers back by 800 yen or about $8, and as mentioned earlier, it's heading to the PS4 and PC on Jan. 30, the official website says.

Now, those are pretty much all the details about the game so far, and as anyone can imagine, details are scarce at best. At any rate, it's good news to see the official pricing and release date.

What do you think of Arc System Works' take on the classic beat-'em-up game? Feel free to hit us up in the comments section below and let us know.

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