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‘Double Dragon 4’ Latest News: Gameplay’s Old School Homage; Official Release Date Announced!

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Arc System Works finally released the gameplay for its upcoming title "Double Dragon IV." The game's official release date next year was also announced.

The "Double Dragon IV" gameplay, which runs for less than two minutes, started off showing clips from the original NES side-scrolling game. According to GameSpot, that alone could lead some players to think that the follow-up is a graphical reboot that resembles "Double Dragon Neon."

New footage began filtering through in the "Double Dragon IV" gameplay's 1:09 mark and true enough, the sequel appears to be faithful to the original NES title. Aside from delighting fans of the original "Double Dragon" games, "Double Dragon IV" will feature new extras, with its main menu featuring 2P Duel, Japanese mode, and a still unnamed "???" Watch the gameplay for "Double Dragon IV" below.

"Double Dragon IV" will be available on PlayStation 4 and Steam starting on Monday, January 30, 2017, The Verge reported. The original development staff from the game's arcade version teamed up once again for "Double Dragon IV" such as producer Takaomi Kaneko, director Yoshihisa Kishimoto, character designer Koji Ogata, composer Kazunaka Yamane, and programmer Kei Oyama, Polygon listed.

Details about the upcoming game are few and far between, but it has been reported that "Double Dragon IV" will showcase the pixelated visuals that players enjoyed years ago. A story mode and a two-player duel are available for players, and the original game's memorable theme song underwent a remix for the follow-up.

Arc System Works purchased the rights to "Double Dragon" series from Technos Japan in 2015. Before "Double Dragon IV," a numbered sequel hasn't been released since 1990's "Double Dragon 3: Rosetta Stone."

The downloadable version of "Double Dragon IV" costs around $8 (800 yen). The Pan European Game Information, or PEGI, gave the title a rating of 12 while the Entertainment Software Rating Board, or ESRB, gave it a rating of T.

In other news, the release date of Arc System Works' and Toybox Inc.'s "Birthdays: The Beginning" game has been moved to May from the previously targeted March launch. The world-building ecology simulation game will be released on the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam, Digital Trends reported.

"Birthdays: The Beginning" allows players to create a growing, living world and cultivate new life forms and evolutionary species. The creatures' habitation will be based on several factors such as temperature, climate, and the availability of food sources.

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