Virtua Fighter is getting a brand-new remake, marking a return to the spotlight for the classic fighting game series after a decade-long absence. While it’s not quite a shadow drop, it will nevertheless be out very soon.
Sega announced today that Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown will be a PlayStation 4 console exclusive. It will include updated graphics built in a brand new engine as well as new online features, with development being led by an “all-star team” from Sega AM2 and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio [RGG]. It is being developed as part of Sega’s 60th anniversary project.
First released to arcade back in 1993, Virtua Fighter is a pioneering 3D fighting game series. While it’s been eclipsed in popularity by Tekken, its contemporary rival, it retains a devoted fanbase in some fighting game circles.
Virtua Fighter 5, which was first released to arcade in 2006 and then to PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2007, is the most recent entry in the series. While the fundamental gameplay and combat will remain the same, the graphics are being rebuilt from scratch using RGG’s Dragon Engine technology, a Sega spokesperson says. It will include new background music for every stage, a new user interface, a new opening cinematic, and new lighting and shaders.
In addition to updated graphics and background music, it will allow players to spectate online matches in real-time, and will also include the ability to build robin-robin style online tournaments. The private and public lobby system will support up to 16 players, and will include new communications tools like stamps.
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We gave the original Virtua Fighter 5 a positive review at the time, praising it for having the “most intuitive and robust fighting systems ever assembled.” We were also fond of its customization options and quest mode. It later received a downloadable revision entitled Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown.
Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown is set to release on June 1.
Kat Bailey is a Senior New Editor at IGN.
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