It’s been quite a long time since we’ve seen a new Double Dragon game. The last proper title was Double Dragon IV all the way back in 2017, but the wait for fresh Billy and Jimmy action is about to end with Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons on July 27th, 2023.

Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons aims to offer fans of the franchise something new while also bringing back favorite characters and more. In an interview with Siliconera, Secret Base founder Raymond Teo spoke up on how the cast of characters was chosen.

The idea back then was to create a “Double Dragon All-Star” game, so I naturally looked at all the most well-known and memorable characters of the franchise and studied them all. For the longest time, my solution would be to make this a prequel to justify why these characters would come together again. However, there were complications with the storyline that were hard to resolve.

In the end, Arc System Works suggested that we should make this a Gaiden side story. This allowed us to bring all these characters together in sort of an alternate timeline and retell the franchise in a new way. This would appeal to both new gamers, who could get into the series easily, and older fans, who could enjoy a fresh take on a classic adventure.

[Raymond Teo, Secret Base]

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