Arc System Works bought the Double Dragon series rights in 2015.
After this deal clicked, towards the end of 2016 the developer declared that Double Dragon IV is on its way. Expected to be better than the original, the plan is to release the game coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the first Double Dragon to honor the same. One major change that is going to be incorporated is the change of the battlefield location to Japan. What is more interesting is that the new game will be available on PS4 and Steam, not to forget the PC version. Almost all key people involved in developing the original 1987 version are coming together in working on the upcoming project that will retain the old music and 8-bit style graphics that gamers once enjoyed. A press release states “Key team members involved in the 1987 arcade version including Original Planner, Yoshihisa Kishimoto, Designer Koji Ogata, and Composer Kazunaka Yamane have teamed up to recreate the next chapter in the Double Dragon saga.”.
An earlier report indicated that a worldwide release on 30 January. However, from a recent press release by the developer, there is a slight change in this. North American fans will get the game on their favorite PlayStation 4 a day earlier. Steam and in turn PC versions will be made available the next day as announced earlier. As a result, fans in Japan will have to wait for one extra day to lay their hands on the classic side scrolling beat them up Double Dragon IV.
The game has a teen rating that indicates that there may not be too much of action packed violence. Players may find it disappointing only a maximum of two players can play the game at a time in offline mode. Although the price of the Japanese downloadable version is stated to be 800 JPY inclusive of taxes on the official website of Double Dragon IV, there is no clue about how the pricing of the North American version will be.