Double Dragon IV comes to Windows PCs on January 30

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A number of legendary game titles including Final Fantasy and Metal Gear are turning 30 years old soon and while those titles have transformed through years of graphical advancements, one popular game released nearly 30 years ago is set to arrive next year with its old-school look: Double Dragon IV will be hitting the PC and the PlayStation 4 on January 30.

Arc System Works, which acquired the rights to the Double Dragon series in 2015, has confirmed that it will release Double Dragon IV. But instead of adapting to advanced visual graphics, the game will retain an 8-bit NES style. The game plot for Double Dragon IV will be picking up where Double Dragon II: The Revenge left off.

The first Double Dragon game rolled out in 1987 to coin-operated arcade machines. A console version for the NES was released a year later. Since then, multiple versions of the game have been released on various gaming consoles including the Super NES, Gameboy, Sega Genesis, and the Xbox 360.

Although a new generation of players might have a mixed reaction to the classic look of Double Dragon IV, retro players and fans of the series will enjoy its dose of nostalgia. Watch the Double Dragon IV teaser below.

While it’s difficult to say how a different company like Arc System Works could build up excitement for its own take on the classic game, there’s reason to look forward to the game: The original developers of Double Dragon are working on the project. The original team comprises producer Takami Kaneko, director Yoshihisa Kishimoto, character designer Koji Ogata, programmer Kei Oyama and composer Kazunaka Yamane.

There is little information about Double Dragon IV right now. However, we can expect Arc System Works to release more details over the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

While we wait for the game, let us know what you think of Double Dragon IV. Will you be playing the game once it arrives on PC and PlayStation 4?