River City Girls Unveiled for Consoles and PC

The River City series has been around for nearly 30 years, but hasn’t seen any female playable characters yet. Today, River City Girls was unveiled, with development being helmed by WayForward and Arc System Works in the mix alongside it. The River City games have been pretty darn ageless thanks to its usage of RPG-style mechanics in a beat-em-up, which wound up being many years ahead of its time. While most belt scrollers wind up with a tired formula, this series has kept things fresh by allowing you to always use parts of your environment and making the world itself feel more complete with things like shops.

Now with female stars, the plot has been changed up a bit to have them save their boyfriends after they were kidnapped. The core gameplay looks very much like what we would expect a 16-bit River City game to be – so in that sense, it very much resembles the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World game, which itself was hugely-influenced by this series. The game features special attacks alongside the usual shops, along with some NPCs from past games. It will be released on September 5 and digitally released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store for $29.99. A Limited Run Games physical release is also coming out at a later date.