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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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ageres 5 May, 2020
Quoting: DrakkerWorks marvellously well for me too through proton.
What about loading times?
Drakker 6 May, 2020
They're long, but manageable. It's about 20-30 seconds depending on the level (using a crucial m2 ssd, not nvme). Gives me time to chat a bit while it's loading.
RafiLinux 7 May, 2020
Quoting: ageres
Quoting: DrakkerWorks marvellously well for me too through proton.
What about loading times?

The GOG version has no loading times. It's super fast.
ageres 10 May, 2020
Proton-5.8-GE-1-MF fixes the loading issue in Streets of Rage 4.
deathxxx 11 May, 2020
Quoting: ageresProton-5.8-GE-1-MF fixes the loading issue in Streets of Rage 4.
I confirm that, but online play still are so slow, FPS and latency are terrible.
ageres 11 May, 2020
It's a problem of the game, not of Proton. Windows users are complaining about that too.
deathxxx 12 May, 2020
I have information of that, the devs are working on native port. <3
Setheck 21 May, 2020
Bought the game, doesn't even start on Manjaro. I am very sad.
I tried proton 5.0-7 and 4.11-13, forcing to `Steam Linux Runtime` just deletes files also TT
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