It’s been a while since we’d heard anything about any new Virtua Fighter games, but that’s about to change now. Sega’s actually going to be releasing a new entry in the series. Well, new isn’t exactly the right word for it. Revised is. Virtua Fighter 5 is going to be rehauled and rereleased as Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Yes, if you want to play this game in 2012, you’ll have to download it.
The fundamentals will be the same, with the same hand-to-hand fighting as all the other entries. Aside from that, everything else will be adjusted. Even the 18 returning characters from Virtua Fighter 5 will have new moves, be rebalanced and have extra costumes. Sega is also bring the roster up to 20 by adding in Taka-Arashi and Jean Kujo. Plus, there will be new areas to fight in. Most importantly, online multiplayer will be supported in both games and there will be an online leaderboard for people to try and earn a place on.
Check out a Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown trailer to see how it looks.
If you’re attending PAX Prime 2011, then Gameworks Seattle will have the arcade version of Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown available to play August 26-28, 2011.
If you can’t wait until 2012, there is another option. Virtua Fighter 5 was actually released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 way back in 2007. Granted, that version is lacking. Especially the PS3 one, which used an older version of Virtua Fighter 5 as its base and didn’t have online multiplayer. The Xbox 360 version did have online multiplayer though and included more fixes, so it’s probably the best one to grab while you wait.