SEGA are set to re-release Virtual Fighter 5 in the summer of 2012 as a downloadable title for XBLA and PSN in the form of Virtual Fighter: Final Showdown.
Sega: Since Virtua Fighter 5 released on Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2007, the arcade version has received two major updates. The digital release of Virtua Fighter Final Showdown will incorporate all of the improvements the arcade team has rolled out since 2007. Here are the high points;
We’ve overhauled the core fighting mechanics to make the game more accessible to new players while being careful to retain the trademark depth and balance of the game. Essentially, this consists of two elements. First, changes were made to mechanics which had a steep learning curve and weren’t bringing enough depth to the game; control inputs were streamlined and made more consistent across characters, the throw and escape system received the most notable changes. Secondly, we added enhanced visual cues to the game to better communicate what kind of hit was landed.
Moreover, while the base animation system from VF5 was excellent, further improvements have been made to make the fighters move more naturally, react more convincingly to moves, and communicate better to players when a move is blocked.
We’ve also added two new playable characters. Taka-Arashi,a sumo wrestler from Virtua Fighter 3, is coming back and Jean, a karate expert, has been added to the roster.
For the first time, PlayStation 3 owners will have an online versus mode for the Virtua Fighter series. With little latency, our online mode is already known for being incredibly faithful to the experience a player would have standing right next to their opponent in the arcade and we’re glad to bring this mode to all players, regardless of platform.
Finally, we are planning on delivering a large amount of downloadable items that will allow players to fully customize their favorite fighters. For the full interview with SEGA about VF5 & the debut Trailer go to http://uk.gamespot.com/news/6330619/virtua-fighter-5-set-for-final-showdown
by: Alex Foote