Streets of Rage 4: Shinobi Could've Been Playable

Joe Musashi from Sega's iconic Shinobi series could've ended up being one of the playable characters of Streets of Rage 4.

May 12, 2020

On May 10, french Twitch channel Gwak held a live stream interview with developers of Guard Crush, the studio behind Streets of Rage 4 alongside Lizardcube and Dotemu. During the stream, Streets of Rage 4 Game Designer Jordi Asensio most notably mentioned how at some point in development, he wished to put Joe Musashi from Shinobi in the game, but Sega Japan turned down the idea. (Shoutout to Saiyapi for clipping that part).

Throughout the interview, the developers of Guard Crush explained how Sega is a huge company made of multiple smaller entities, and how they were only in contact with a small division of Sega Japan during SoR 4‘s development. Asensio explained how he wished to include certain Sega characters like Shinobi in Streets of Rage 4, but it all depends on who the character is related to inside Sega, and a lot of other things, so it’s far from being a simple matter.


Just as I quickly explained in my feature covering the release of Shinobi on Sega Ages Switch, Joe Musashi and Shinobi is one of Sega’s most iconic franchises, which is currently dormant. Getting Shinobi as a playable character in Streets of Rage 4 would have definitely been a cool fanservice moment.

The interview featured Jordi Asensio, Streets of Rage 4 programmer Cyrille Lagarigue, and Streets of Rage 4 composer Olivier Deriviere, who handled nearly all the stage BGMs. The trio shared many anecdotes on Bare Knuckle 4‘s development, and answered multiple questions regarding the game’s music and gameplay. We’ll be publishing a translated summary of the whole interview shortly. Like Ulala would say, stay tuned.

Streets of Rage 4 is available on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Be sure to check out our review. I personally didn’t get to try the game yet, but I see no reason why I wouldn’t find it incredibly fun and satisfying seeing the combo-focus and SoR 2 based gameplay.

Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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