SEGA announces Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown for PSN and XBLA

SEGA has at long last announced Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown for consoles. The release of the title has been a long time coming, with various fans wishing to play the definitive version of the title, but now we have official confirmation that Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown will be coming to consoles. SEGA will be releasing the title in Summer 2012 and it will be downloadable as a standalone title off of Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network with no price plan revealed at the moment. Click on after the break for the press release and an interview, with trailer, provided to Gamespot.

Definitive Version of Blockbuster Fighting Title Arriving on Consoles in Summer 2012

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO— 23rd August 2011—SEGA® of Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced that Virtua Fighter™ 5, the latest title in its celebrated fighting franchise, will see a grand update and expansion released as a standalone title for both Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.and PlayStation® Network. The new game, entitled Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, will contain a full overhaul of Virtua Fighter 5’s mechanics, balance and animations, along with new game modes, new dynamic fighting arenas, a massive collection of customisable character items and two all-new characters added to the roster. Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is expected to be available in Summer 2012.

“Virtua Fighter 5 has always been an authentic arcade fighter, even when played from the comfort of a home console. And, like any proper arcade dynasty, we’ve continued to support, expand and tweak the game in the years since its release,” said Haruki Satomi, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA of America and SEGA Europe. “With Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, we get to bring the ultimate expression of competitive one-on-one gaming to console players in one perfect package.”

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown contains the definitive version of VF5, refined over the years since its original arcade debut. The new release also adds an extensive list of features never before seen on consoles. VF5FS will include:

The Perfect Fighting Experience: Virtua Fighter 5’s signature style of hand-to-hand combat, with revised mechanics, balance, timing and more, along with simplified controls for new players while retaining the depth that veterans demand

Dynamic and Interactive Arenas: Fighting areas in new shapes and sizes, including arenas with fences and walls that are different for every round – take unexpected advantage of fighters’ new wall-based moves, or break through the fences with special attacks

A Mode for Every Fight: Dominate the leaderboards with Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown’s extremely responsive one-on-one online battle system, widely praised for having little latency, or take on an army of opponents yourself in a new single-player mode

Customized Combatants: Enter the ring with one of 19 playable characters, including fan favorite Taka-Arashi from Virtua Fighter 3 and an all-new character, Jean Kujo, and customize them with unique costume and character items

[Gamespot Interview and Video]

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10 responses to “SEGA announces Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown for PSN and XBLA

  1. George says:

    FUCK YES. Cancel my lunch.

  2. CosmicCastaway says:

    This is very, very good news! Huzzah!

  3. Hooray!

    Even if it is only downloadable, I’d gladly pay a premium price for this! All the accessories… Shenmue references and SEGA consoles…

    Bring on 2012!

  4. George says:

    Or they have to worry about used game sales.

  5. Sega Uranus says:

    Sonic CD and Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown announced within 12 hours of one another? Damn, it is so good to be a SEGA fan right now. What is next? Border Break and Shining Force III? Actual release dates for Monster World IV and Revenge of Shinobi?

    Although, I am mildly worried about the pricing on VF5FS. Final Showdown has so much content, it is pretty much just screaming to have players buy individual costume packs, and I know SEGA is aware of that.

    I never do this, but I plan to get this on both platforms, because I know there are really great VF players on both. 🙂

  6. Sharky says:

    If I hear better news this week, I’ll eat my hat!

  7. Sega Uranus says:

    The Virtua Fighter series has sold over 30 million. People care, but SEGA is unsure of the market with so many new fighters lately, and this is also a good way to test the download platforms. XBLA and PSN are really taking off and SEGA really wants to support this but they are very unsure on how to handle it as there is no really major success stories for direct arcade conversions, especially newer ones.

    I would prefer a retail release, but SEGA is actually pretty shit with packaging lately so meh.

  8. Suzuki Yu says:

    please SEGA we need a perfect release with all the contents ..
    also the Awards should be earned through the Online Ranking Match and not in that bloody quest mode please.

  9. cube_b3 says:

    I would’ve liked to own it physically, oh well.

  10. loempiavreter says:

    Hosue of the Dead 4 + Special next please (also do a Virtua Cop Trilogy pack). Sega Golden Gun and especially Operation G.H.O.S.T. in the near future and I can die happy.

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