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Streets of Rage 4 is a classic beat 'em up series revived thanks to Dotemu, Guard Crush Games and Lizardcube that releases today. It's also going to be playable on Linux.

While it won't currently offer official support from the development team for Linux, it appears they have given their backing to Valve and CodeWeavers for Steam Play Proton—the compatibility layer for Linux based on Wine. On Twitter, Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais mentioned that the Streets of Rage 4 developers actually provided pre-release keys for Proton development. Thanks to that, Streets of Rage 4 will work "out of the box" with Proton 5.0-7 which is currently in Release Candidate stage and you can opt into it now.

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On a related note, Streets of Rage 4 actually uses the cross-platform FNA according to the creator and Linux porter Ethan Lee on Twitter, so perhaps in future full Linux support might still be a possibility.

Feature Highlight:

  • The comeback of the legendary Streets of Rage series.
  • Beautiful graphics fully hand-drawn animated by the studio behind Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap.
  • Clean up Wood Oak City by yourself or with another friend online!
  • For the very first time, team up to 4 people offline to take the city back!
  • Classic gameplay enhanced with brand-new mechanics.
  • Soundtrack by a wide all-star line up of world-class musicians.
  • Braised chicken everywhere.
  • A dozen former Streets of Rage characters unlockable and playable in their original pixel versions.
  • Play with the music of the previous Streets of Rage games.
  • 12 unique stages.

I imagine I'm not the only one here who had Streets of Rage as one of their first beat 'em up games, it's an absolute classic series. I have some seriously fond memories of playing the original on the Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis) so having it working on Linux right away is quite a highlight.

You will be able to pick up Streets of Rage 4 later today from Humble Store and Steam.

See our dedicated page here for more info on Steam Play.

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melkemind 1 May, 2020
In a weird twist, this game works on Proton but crashes on Xbox Game Pass in Windows 10. :D
RafiLinux 1 May, 2020
Quoting: ageresI've beaten the whole game, it works fine except for too long loading. I tried local co-op with two gamepads, it works too.

Long loading on STEAM or GOG version? I've had no issues with loading. Been playing with my wife and some of my kids. Going to try online via of Parsec on Saturday night with some friends.
leillo1975 1 May, 2020
Seems that Ethan Lee port will never comes. There seems to be a lot of people who settle for Proton, which is bad for someone who could do it quickly, easily and cheaply:

With this kind of thing, in my opinion, we're killing the porters. It's one thing to use proton in games that will never be ported, it's another to defend its use in games that could easily have native support.
ageres 1 May, 2020
Quoting: RafiLinuxLong loading on STEAM or GOG version? I've had no issues with loading.
Steam. At the Steam forums other Linux users are mentioning loading issues too.
Wait, the GOG version lacks the online mode?

Last edited by ageres on 1 May 2020 at 2:40 pm UTC
RafiLinux 1 May, 2020
Quoting: ageres
Quoting: RafiLinuxLong loading on STEAM or GOG version? I've had no issues with loading.
Steam. At the Steam forums other Linux users are mentioning loading issues too.
Wait, the GOG version lacks the online mode?

Yeah it lacks an online mode for all platforms via of the GOG version. I personally don't mind since I don't do online much but I am doing it now due to the pandemic.

Last edited by RafiLinux on 3 May 2020 at 2:47 pm UTC
ageres 1 May, 2020
No online, no localizations, same price...
JSVRamirez 1 May, 2020
I'm desperately hoping for online, cross-platform co-op to arrive later on. Need to play this with my brother like we did over two decades ago.
SlickMcRunFast 3 May, 2020
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I would be grateful if Valve taxed these companies that don't make an effort to port. Would make me feel better about buying. Maybe it's all for SteamOS part 2 whenever that happens.
deathxxx 3 May, 2020
Some gameplay via Proton and XanMod kernel for faster loading speed( ):
Streets of Rage 4 Linux Proton XanMod kernel Fast Loading

Without XanMod kernel:
Streets of Rage 4 Linux Proton normal kernel Loading

Last edited by deathxxx on 3 May 2020 at 7:07 pm UTC
Drakker 4 May, 2020
Works marvellously well for me too through proton. It also works great through Remote Play Together. Been playing with my brother and he says he feels very little lag and that the visual quality is pretty good (streaming at 720p).
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