It looks like Sega hasn’t forgotten about the Virtua Fighter series after all. Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, the latest version of the game, is set to release for the PSN and XBL in 2012.
Virtua Fighter 5 has gone through several iterations since its original release in 2006. The PS3 version, which was released in early 2007, was considered “Version B”. When it came to the Xbox 360 later that year it was based on “Version C” and it even had online multiplayer.
Sega then released Virtua Fighter 5 R in 2008 for arcades. In addition to gameplay tweaks, two new characters were added to the roster: Jean Kujo and VF3’s Taka-Arashi. This game too, like the original Virtua Fighter 5, was updated numerous times.
The final version of Virtua Fighter 5, appropriately titled “Final Showdown”, was released in arcades last year. It’s a culmination of all the new content and gameplay revisions released so far with its own unique aspects added to the mix. It’s pretty much the definitive version of Virtua Fighter 5. Until now, that is.
According to an interview from GameSpot, the downloadable version of Final Showdown will feature an all new single player mode as well as online multiplayer, which is a first for PS3 owners. However, Sega revealed that there won’t be a tournament mode or even the ability to spectate matches online. Way to move the genre forward, Sega.
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is expected to launch in Summer 2012.