Timeless Beat-Em-Up Game 'Double Dragon' Is Getting a Long-Overdue Sequel

Billy and Jimmy make a triumphant comeback.

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Making its debut in arcades in 1987, side-scrolling beat-em-up game Double Dragon won over the hearts of gamers all over the world — even more so when it arrived on the NES console the following year. Sequels such as Double Dragon II: The Revenge brought a faster-paced action game with special moves and interactive weapons, and Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone even brought additional playable characters to aid in the fight. Remakes and adaptations emerged years after, but a true sequel wouldn’t see the light of day until now.

Double Dragon IV, developed by Arc System Works, will commemorate the twins’ 30-year anniversary with a PS4 and PC/Steam release. From the teaser video above, it looks like the classic DDII graphics and mechanics are being implemented, with upgrades including mid-air combos, tag-team juggles and even a 2P Duel mode. There also seems to be a mysterious “???” mode to complement the single and multiplayer scenarios. The press release for DDIV states three original developers will return to help produce the title, including the composer and designer — nostalgia appears to be key here, with nothing spoiling the retro look and feel.

Look for Double Dragon IV to hit Japan first at a price of 800 JPY (approximately $6.80 USD) with a stateside release to follow.

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