15 years after its initial arcade release in 2006, Virtua Fighter 5 is being remastered for the PlayStation 4 and Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown.
The game will launch on June 1, bringing the game to a modern console. The game was technically playable on PS4 in Yakuza 6, Judgment, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon as part of its arcade of mini-games, but that’s not exactly the ideal way to play a fighting game if you’re looking for some longevity, is it? So with Ultimate Showdown the game is getting a visual update and new online features, all as part of a joint effort between Sega AM2 and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio.
Some of the new online features include spectating matches, online tournaments, and a private and public lobby system to play with friends and strangers. Other updates include new music, UI changes, and the game is running on the Dragon Engine now, which has been previously utilized in the Yakuza series.
Check out the debut trailer courtesy of IGN:
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The Virtua Fighter series was fairly prolific in the 90s and early 2000s, but has since kind of faded into the background of the fighting game hierarchy. Not because of any lacking quality, but because there hasn’t been a brand new entry in the franchise since Virtua Fighter 5’s initial launch back in 2006. A new Virtua Fighter project is in the works at Sega meant to usher the series into the world of esports, but that’s all we really know about it so far.
The first Virtua Fighter game that launched in 1993 holds the distinction of being the first 3D fighting game, paving the way for other games in the genre, such as Tekken and Dead or Alive.