Sega has announced Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, a PlayStation 4 exclusive remake of the classic fighting game. With a brand new game engine, online multiplayer and more, the game will release on 1st June. It’s also rumoured to be a part of June’s PlayStation Plus update.
Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown’s development is being led by an “all-star team” from Sega AM2 and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio to celebrate Sega’s 60th anniversary. Virtua Fighter 5 itself is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, having first released in the arcades in 2006, before a PS3 and Xbox 360 port in 2007. It’s the most recent entry in the series – well, there was the 2012 Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, which it now transpires is not so final – with many having feared that Sega’s fighting legacy was falling into obscurity.
The game is being rebuilt from scratch in RGG’s Dragon Engine, which has previously been seen in Yakuza 6, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Judgment, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and will be seen again in the upcoming Lost Judgment. All of the stages will have new background music, there will be a new UI, a new opening cinematic and more.
Compared to its original release, online fighting games are now well in the mainstream, and the functionality is being bundled into Ultimate Showdown. There will be both private and public lobbies with support for up to 16 players, with the ability to spectate online matches in real-time and to create robin-robin online tournaments.
The rumour mill had already preceded Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown’s official announcement with a leak of June’s PlayStation Plus game selection, dishing out this new Virtua Fighter 5 game alongside Star Wars: Squadrons and the PS5 version of cross-gen release Operation: Tango. Coming from Spanish site Areajugones, who previously reported on May’s PlayStation Plus games, as well as the new DualSense colours, this rumour could hold water…