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Double Dragon is Getting Rebooted Again

This time it's Wayforward helming an update on the beat-'em-up classic.

The idea of noted classic game revivalists WayForward rebooting the Double Dragon franchise for a new XBLA/PSN game seems so utterly perfect, that it's actually sort of weird that it hasn't happened yet. Well, now it is.

Why yes, that is quite a bit of Neon, isn't it?

Revealing the game to IGN, WayForward and publishing partner Majesco are planning on releasing Double Dragon Neon for the aforementioned platforms this summer.

The Neon of the title refers to the game's aesthetic, which is steeped in '80s visual elements in a way IGN describes as what it would look like "if GTA Vice City threw up on Big Trouble in Little China." That doesn't sound half-bad, actually.

The gameplay evidently doesn't stray too far from the original design, mixing straight-up beat-'em-up combat with weapons-based maneuvers. The plot will once again seeing the perpetually kidnapped Marion kidnapped by yet another thug, whose name is actually Skullmageddon. That's great and everything, but what of Abobo? I expect heavy doses of Abobo early and often in my Double Dragon games, dammit.

This isn't the first time someone's tried to reboot the Double Dragon franchise. Back in 2003, 10 whole years after the previous new game in the series, Atlus put out Double Dragon Advance for the GBA. That game was actually pretty great, but it didn't exactly spark off a franchise revival. Given WayForward's chops with games based on old school concepts, maybe they'll be the team to bring Double Dragon back to mass acclaim. Considering how much time I spent playing the original Double Dragon port for the NES, I certainly wouldn't mind.

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Posted by Alex

The idea of noted classic game revivalists WayForward rebooting the Double Dragon franchise for a new XBLA/PSN game seems so utterly perfect, that it's actually sort of weird that it hasn't happened yet. Well, now it is.

Why yes, that is quite a bit of Neon, isn't it?

Revealing the game to IGN, WayForward and publishing partner Majesco are planning on releasing Double Dragon Neon for the aforementioned platforms this summer.

The Neon of the title refers to the game's aesthetic, which is steeped in '80s visual elements in a way IGN describes as what it would look like "if GTA Vice City threw up on Big Trouble in Little China." That doesn't sound half-bad, actually.

The gameplay evidently doesn't stray too far from the original design, mixing straight-up beat-'em-up combat with weapons-based maneuvers. The plot will once again seeing the perpetually kidnapped Marion kidnapped by yet another thug, whose name is actually Skullmageddon. That's great and everything, but what of Abobo? I expect heavy doses of Abobo early and often in my Double Dragon games, dammit.

This isn't the first time someone's tried to reboot the Double Dragon franchise. Back in 2003, 10 whole years after the previous new game in the series, Atlus put out Double Dragon Advance for the GBA. That game was actually pretty great, but it didn't exactly spark off a franchise revival. Given WayForward's chops with games based on old school concepts, maybe they'll be the team to bring Double Dragon back to mass acclaim. Considering how much time I spent playing the original Double Dragon port for the NES, I certainly wouldn't mind.

Posted by Hot_Karl

I like Neon. I like WayForward. This'll be cool. Right?

Posted by Donkeycow

I was thinking this was going to be another kickstarter story :p

Posted by thomascaret

Awesome!

Posted by Superfriend

Ugh! I don´t need another one of those.

Posted by Cloudenvy

Didn't care until I saw that WayForward is doing it.

Posted by nick_verissimo

That HD-ified version of Turtles in Time didn't exactly hold up, so I'm not too sure a new Double Dragon will fare all too well either. I like the fact that DD hasn't been forgotten, but I'm not exactly excited for this either.

Posted by Napalm

I love beat'em ups! But this looks like shit! I'd rather have a new Streets Of Rage! Thanks!

Posted by Winternet

Wait, this isn't a Kickstarter thingy? Amazing.

Edited by Goldanas

WayForward's expertise is in well-animated sprites. Looking at that image, I can already see that their style isn't translating well to 3D.

I've been playing a good chunck of WayForward's recent influx of games, and they're kind of hit and miss in a lot of places. That BloodRayne game was reeeaaaaaaaally uninteresting after a while of playing it. It's like the art direction just stopped all of a sudden in the middle of the game, and the mashy combat just got dull so damn fast. Might Switch Force is neat, but it's really damn short, and all the levels look exactly the same.

Their games have style for miles, but that can only carry a game so far. I hope they actually do something interesting with this mechanically, especially when their style isn't exactly showing through this tremendously bland and still image.

Posted by OllyOxenFree
@Napalm said:
I love beat'em ups! But this looks like shit! I'd rather have a new Streets Of Rage! Thanks!
Needs more exclamation! I think! Maybe! Thanks!
Posted by morrelloman

There is a bar with the original near my office and MAN is the frame rate terrible. Anytime there is more than 3 characters on the screen is slows to a halt. I love that weapons do not break tho. You can finish a whole stage with one baseball bat if you go on a good run. Also falling off ledges is a total quarter suck. Good shit. However, I still feel that the world is probably ending because there are no new ideas.

Posted by STUVNING

I was excited, until I saw that screenshot.

Posted by Phatmac

Looks neat so far. We'll have to see if it's a good game or not.

Posted by Shivoa

Agreed with the aboves, that screenshot does not make me enthusiastic for this.

Posted by TheHT

Needs more Battletoads.

Posted by Foggen

What does that sign say? Matin? Is this game set in Canada?

Posted by NellyK

There's a terrible looking Double Dragon II HD remake in the works, too. Wish we could just get the arcade port of "Revenge." Nothing fancy. Just some slow downed spin kicks, a strange combat control scheme, and Abobo, and we're good to go.

Posted by Toug

"Double Dragon: Hug Button"

Posted by AlKusanagi

Boo! It needs to either feature fully digitized characters like Pit Fighter, or be based on the Neo Geo fighting game.

"Bring your mama. I'll beat her too!"

Posted by SupberUber

A new DD would have me all excited 4 years ago, but I have to admit, nostalgia aside, that 2D brawlers should stay where they belong; in te 90s'

Posted by CharAznable

I hope that it turns out much, much better than that screenshot indicates. I'll give it a chance, but I'm not super excited (even as someone who friggin' loves the genre).

Posted by LoktarOgar

Oh Alex. When will you realize beat-em-ups don't work in this day and age? I feel like we've been through this before.

Posted by BooDoug187

Need to do a reboot of Streets of Rage 2!

Posted by Ketchupp

@TheHT said:

Needs more Battletoads.

Agreed

Posted by heatDrive88

@Ketchupp said:

@TheHT said:

Needs more Battletoads.

Agreed

Specific correction: needs more Battletoads vs. Doubledragon, and separate to that, Battletoads in Battlemaniacs.

Posted by Wikitoups

That neo geo fighting game rage of the dragon was unofficialy a double dragon game right?

Posted by poheroe

Interesting....

Posted by jakkblades

Awesome!

Posted by csl316

Wait, this isn't Streets of Rage *complains*

Posted by GreggD

I thought Wayforward could do no wrong. Then they made Bloodrayne: Betrayal. Now I don't know how to feel about this Double Dragon reboot.

Posted by Marcness

Oh emm gee! What did they do to Linda??? Why did they put a little Poison in my Linda????

*raises eyebrow*

Posted by RyanMatthew

That is not a good looking screenshot.

Posted by Subjugation

I have fond memories of DD.

Posted by SomeDeliCook

I want a Streets of Rage/Battletoads/Double Dragon/River City Ransom crossover game.

Have the campaign play like River City Ransom where theres hub worlds and tons of "fighting" areas where enemies respawn when you return.

Also include a versus mode that plays like Little Fighters 2; just a shit ton of players at once all beating the shit out of eachother with special moves and whatnot.

Posted by ajamafalous

Skullmageddon is a pretty fantastic name.

Posted by TentPole

Gotta love WayForward.

Posted by jasondesante

yikes :(

Posted by abdo

I hope they throw in this great knock-off of Easy Lover in there somewhere.

Posted by Danda

That screenshot looks like SHIT.

It reminds me of the god-awful Elevator Action remake by Square Enix.

Posted by Lyfeforce

Those characters almost look like FMV. That freaked me out a little bit.

Posted by LordAndrew
I like WayForward, but sometimes they're forced to work on things that should not exist. This looks like one of those things.
Posted by Maitimo

Given some of the more questionable decisions in WayForward's recent output, (extremely) cautious optimism is the best I can offer this game.

Posted by Ravenlight

I misread the headline as Dragon Age Is Getting Rebooted Again and had a good laugh.

Posted by SpiralEye

That screenshot does look like something threw up..

Posted by Swaboo

I hope they manage to make a good game out of this. Love me some beat-em ups!

Posted by wwfundertaker

Double Dragon should stay buried.

Posted by MeatSim

Oh yea Majesco still actually exist. Well this game is in good hands with WayForward.

Posted by the_r0n1n_named_47

wayforward + Double Dragon..... can't really say anything bad about that. If you look at all the games WF did recently and tell me this is a bad idea... I just won't believe you

Posted by Ursu

Hmm. This will either be good or downright terrible.

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