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Upcoming ‘Golden Axed’ Revealed to Have Been Developed in Unhealthy Crunch Conditions

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

According to lead animator Tim Dawson, the upcoming release of Golden Axed is a complete surprise to him and the team responsible for it.

Originally coded in 2012, the project was created off the back of the team’s Castle of Illusion prototype which successfully kept the company afloat. Development then proceeded under the concept that it would be a “darker, bloodier Golden Axe” and the team went ahead with combining those ideas with the concept of the original game.

What followed was 2 weeks of 14 hour days and several disputes with management, who wanted the game to be something else. Tim recounts, “much less luckily we also had the lead designer who thought he was designing it, and sometimes Sanatana Mishra would have to physically block him from reaching my workstation or he’d start explaining insights he’d received playing the mobile port on the train on the way to work.”

The most harrowing story Tim recounts is showing the latest build to management:

“but the biggest gut punch came a week and a half in – combat was working, it was all on track! I was called for a meeting in the big room, so I put the latest build on the network and went to see what was up. All of management was sitting around the big table

I showed the game. grave faces

There was a pause

“where’s the wow factor” someone asked

The lead designer once again complained it wasn’t a God of War-like 3D brawler like he wanted

Someone said maybe it’d have been better to have made a prerendered video where the barbarian fought a monster.”

The full thread of Tim’s experiences making the prototype can be read on Twitter. It’s not a particularly pleasant read but it highlights some important truths about game development that cannot be ignored and it’s unfair of SEGA to promote this title as a “janky”, “buggy artifact of its time” [UPDATE: These terms have fortunately now been removed from games Steam’s description]

[Source: Tim Dawson on Twitter]

Pre-Orders for Arcade1Up’s Golden Axe Arcade Cabinet Now Available in the US & Canada

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Previewed back in January at CES, Arcade1Up’s Golden Axe arcade cabinet is now available to pre-order in the US and Canada. This cabinet features Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder, Wrestle War, Shinobi, Altered Beast and the original Golden Axe and will set you back $399.

It’s a pretty feature-rich package with a 17″ display, 4 player joystick setup, light-up marquee, volume control and a riser. You can check out a trailer for the cabinet below:

The Golden Axe arcade cabinet from Arcade1Up is currently exclusive to the US and Canada. Pre-orders are expected to ship mid-October. Click here to go the cabinet’s listing on the Arcade1Up website.

Watch 5 Minutes of In-Game Streets of Rage 4 Action | Video Spotlight

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

IGN have a treat for us today as the website has gone hands on with Streets of Rage 4 and uploaded 5 minutes of in-game action. Check out the entire roster in action, including the unlockable retro characters in the video below:

Streets of Rage 4 appears to be very close to release with the video now promising the game will be “available soon”. It will release for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One and is being developed by Guard Crush Games and Lizardcube with Dotemu publishing under license from SEGA.

Streets of Rage 4 Goes Retro With Unlockable Characters & Soundtracks | Video Spotlight

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Streets of Rage 4 is not mucking about when it comes to bonus content. The latest trailer reveals that the game will feature 12 unlockable retro characters and the ability to use music from the original Streets of Rage 1 & 2. Check out the reveal trailer for these retro unlockables below:

It also appears that the release of the game is getting pretty close. The trailer also promises the game will be “available soon” and that the digital release will be priced at $24.99. Physical copies of the game are still available from Limited Run Games, but you better be quick because pre-orders end one week after the digital release.

Streets of Rage 4 is being developed by Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games with Dotemu publishing the game under license from SEGA. It will release on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

New Streets of Rage 4 Trailer Reveals 5th Playable Character and 4 Player Local Co-Op | Video Spotlight

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

A new Streets of Rage 4 trailer is upon us, and with it brings news of a brand new, 5th playable character in the form of Floyd Iraia. Floyd is a big, heavy-hitting character in the style of Max from Streets of Rage 2, but with the wacky, mechanised arms of Dr. Zan from Streets of Rage 3. Check him out in action by watching the latest trailer below:

Alongside the news of Floyd’s addition to the character roster, Streets of Rage 4 will support 2 player online co-op and for the first time in the franchise, 4 player co-op action will be supported in local multiplayer. Streets of Rage 4 is due to release at some point in 2020 for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch.

Limited Run Games Handling Boxed Release of Streets of Rage 4

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

A boxed release of Streets of Rage 4 is on the way, but publishing duties have been given to the people at Limited Run Games. As you can expect from the company’s name, Limited Run Games specialise in producing limited physical runs of games for collectors. They often produce a standard and a special edition of each of their releases, but there is currently no word on whether Streets of Rage 4 will get similar treatment.

Streets of Rage 4 is in development at Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games, with Dotemu publishing the digital release under license from SEGA. The game is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch at some point in 2020. There is currently no word on when pre-orders will go live at Limited Run Games, so it’s worth keeping an eye on their website for updates.

[Source: SEGAbits]

Arcade1Up Reveal Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder Cabinet at CES 2020

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

For the first time since its original 1992 arcade release, Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder is receiving a port. Arcade1Up are releasing a home version of the arcade game complete with 4 player cabinet. Also included in the package are ports of Shinobi, Altered Beast, Wrestle Wars and the original Golden Axe for good measure.

If you’re unfamiliar with Arcade1Up, they produce near full-size, licensed arcade cabinets for the home. They can be bought with extras like risers and stools to make them closer to their full-size counterparts. Due to the size of the units and their robust build quality, they often retail for around £300.

While there is currently no release date for the cabinet, the unit has been shown at the latest Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

[Sources: John D and SEGA-16.com on Twitter]

New Streets of Rage 4 Behind the Scenes Documentary Now Available to Watch | Video Spotlight

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

A new “Behind the Gameplay” documentary on Streets of Rage 4 has been uploaded to the Dotemu YouTube channel and it offers some fascinating insight into the game’s development at Guard Crush Games as well as showcasing some new in-game footage. Check it out by watching the embed below:

Streets of Rage 4 will release on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch at some point in 2020. The game is being developed by Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games with Dotemu publishing under license from SEGA.

10 Minutes of Off-Screen Streets of Rage 4 Gameplay from Bitsummit 2019 | Video Spotlight

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Thanks to the lovely people at Low Score Boy Gameplay, we now have an extended 10 minute look at Streets of Rage 4 in action. The game is currently being demoed at Bitsummit 2019. Take a look below:

Some interesting things to note include the first look at Axel and Blaze’s super moves, and we also see a new gameplay mechanic in the form of bouncing enemies off walls. It appears that the game is running on PC as well, but this might not mean this is a confirmed platform as in-development games are often demoed on PC at events like these.

This is currently no word on a release date for Streets of Rage 4 or an official announcement for what platforms the game will release on.

[Source: Low Score Boy Gameplay]

New Streets of Rage 4 Gameplay Trailer | Video Spotlight

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

A new Streets of Rage 4 gameplay trailer has just gone live. Take a look at Alex and Blaze in action, performing some air juggle combos (a first for the series) on some familiar faces by clicking the embed below:

Streets of Rage 4 is being developed by Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games and being published by Dotemu in collaboration with SEGA. There is currently no word on a release date or even what systems the game will launch on at this time.

[Source: Game Clips and Tips]

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