Sega announced today (July 6, 2007) that the Xbox 360 version of popular brawler Virtua Fighter 5 will feature an online versus mode supporting two-player matches across Xbox Live. The title will be available Fall 2007 with analog stick and d-pad support as well as a range of expanded features not found in the arcade version, including an improved quest mode and expanded DOJO training features. It will be rated “Teen” by the ESRB and retail for $59.95.
Everyone who waited for the Xbox 360 version (instead of buying the PS3) can give him/herself a nice pat on the back now. This only serves to deepen the widening gulf between 360 and PS3 ports of the same titles (see Madden 08 for another baffling case), with the presumably less powerful 360 getting the better versions of titles. PS3 owners looking for online pugilism will have to settle for the Tekken 5 online update coming later this year.