In 2019, DotEmu and Lizardcube announced that the Streets of Rage 4 soundtrack would have star-studded guest composers. This would include the original trilogy composers Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima and other famous Japanese composers, like Yoko Shimomura, Keiji Yamagishi, and Hideki Naganuma. However, DotEmu made the official announcement today that Naganuma would no longer be composing for the game.
DotEmu cited scheduling complications as the reason why Naganuma was no longer available to help compose some of the music. However, in lieu of Naganuma, another Japanese composer is stepping on board the project to take his place: Harumi Fujita. Fujita was originally a composer for Capcom and worked on games like Mega Man 3 , Final Fight, Strider, Bionic Commando, and more, making her a great candidate for a beat ’em up like Streets of Rage 4.
Western composers Olivier Deriviere (Alone in the Dark, Obscure, Remember Me), Das Mörtal (Hotline Miami II), and Groundislava are also composing songs for the Streets of Rage 4 soundtrack, and DotEmu also shared four new tracks by the three composers that will appear in the game: “Overflow,” “A Ki Ra,” “Next of Kin Showdown,” and “Funky HQ.”
Streets of Rage 4 will come to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in Spring 2020. Only Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 physical copies are planned, and orders for them will remain open until seven days after the game appears via the eShop and PlayStation Store.