Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown Akira Yuki Action Figure now up for pre-order

SEGA x Storm Collectibles have added another action figure to their SEGA line, this time its Virtua Fighter mascot Akira Yuki, but Akira sporting his new look from the latest Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown (e-sports in Japan). The figure is even up to pre-order internationally on Amiami. Sadly the Akira Yuki figure won’t begin shipping all the way until September 2022, so keep that in mind when placing orders.

Its also going to cost you about $119.00 USD (14,300 yen)!

But you are getting a really impressive looking action figure that is 1/10th scale and comes in at 18cm (7in) in height. The action figure also includes alternative hand parts, and interchangeable faces showing different expressions. Oh yeah, also the punch special effect for maximum posing action.

[Via: Siliconera]

Yakuza Collaboration DLC Pack coming to Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown on December 8th

On the recent Virtua Fighter esports Official Broadcast, Seiji Aoki provided new information on the next upcoming downloadable content for Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown.

The upcoming downloadable content will be collaborating with the Yakuza series celebrating the series 16th anniversary featuring 650 items, 19 costume types, 19 costumes of the iconic characters from the Yakuza franchise such as Akira Yuki with Kazuma Kiryu clothes. The DLC will also feature 20 BGM from the Yakuza series, 20 Virtua Fighter 3 BGM (Arranged), and new 40 stamps.

The Yakuza Collaboration DLC pack for Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown will be released on December 8th for $10.

 

New Upcoming Update for Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown to include Tournament, Team Battle Mode and more

During a recent livestream session on the Virtua Fighter Official YouTube Channel, VF5US Chief Producer, Seiji Aoki, announced that the game will include new modes and features in the upcoming update. Two of the newest modes will be Tournament and Team Battle Mode. There will be weekly tournaments for players to enter and earn exclusive title cards for winning. As for Team Battle Mode, this mode will feature 8v8 players akin to Fighters Megamix for the Sega Saturn.

The update will also include concurrent play during tournament/league matches along with other additions such as:

  • Changed side hit sparks
  • Lock stage during room match
  • Enable stage select upon rematch
  • Ability to filter rooms without passwords
  • Adjustments to allow sub-characters easier rank climbing when a main character ranks up
  • League match differentials count rounds instead of games, trophies, bug fixes

The official date for the update has not been stated on stream but the developers are at least pushing for a summer release. Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown is now available on PlayStation 4 and is free to download with PS+ until August 2nd.

Source: GSK on Twitter

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown to have delay-based netcode

According to the folks over at Kotaku, who talked to a SEGA representative via e-mail, have finally confirmed if Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown will have roll-back netcode. It won’t. This might be the biggest disappointment to fans looking forward to playing games with someone across the country.

It seems that the game will be re-using the old Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown netcode, which at the time was well received but now more people are asking for rollback netcode in fighting games. This movement has spread so far out that SNK has even went back and updated their old classic games with rollback netcode.

Though just because a team uses rollback, doesn’t mean that the game will not have lag or other issues. For example, Street Fighter V uses Capcom’s own rollback netcode and I personally have had way more smoother games in Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown back in the day.

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown getting an arcade release & opening cinematic released

This is one of those two for one post on Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown. First we got a brand new opening cinematic released by the Japanese Virtua Fighter YouTube channel, seems this is the ‘eSports’ branded intro (for the arcades?). Regardless, the cinematic has me hyped, really loved the ending where all the main cast is looking at each other.


While SEGA and their arcade future isn’t looking too bright, it is known that each main series Virtua Fighter game has had an arcade version and Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown is no different as SEGA has confirmed the existence of an arcade version. It seems SEGA is branding this one Virtua Fighter E-Sports, like the teaser and releases on June 2nd, 2021. Interesting enough the opening really sells on the ‘fight anyone around the world’ and the arcade cabinet only supports one player.

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown being given away to PlayStation Plus members starting June 1st


It looks like the rumors running around that Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown was going to be given away to PlayStation Plus members in June are true. It has now been confirmed via the PlayStation Blog:

Sega’s iconic one-on-one battler gets remade for a new generation by Yakuza and Judgment developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. This console exclusive debuts on PlayStation Plus, allowing both VF veterans and newcomers to experience the intense martial arts combat, deep strategy, and intricately balanced gameplay of the groundbreaking 3D fighter in stunning HD. New online features – like custom tournaments supporting up to 16 players and live spectating – join classic modes like Rank Match, Arcade, and VF5’s famously robust Training to deliver the definitive Virtua Fighter experience.

The game will not only be available on PlayStation Plus for about two months – June and July – but it’ll also be releasing on PlayStation Now in June! PlayStation Plus members can enter Virtua Fighter 5’s arenas starting Tuesday, June 1.

According to the internet, PlayStation Plus has over 47 million subscribers, meaning that Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown might be the most online active Virtua Fighter game ever. Maybe. What do you guys think of SEGA’s move in giving the game away for free to Plus members?

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown Announcement Trailer – To Be Released Next Week Digitally on PS4

IGN has an exclusive announcement trailer for Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown aka Virtua Fighter Esports in Japan. The trailer features the entire VF cast and stages remade with the Dragon Engine and is developed by the collaboration between SEGA AM2 and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio as part of SEGA’s 60th anniversary project.

The game will include include new background music for every stage, a new user interface, a new opening cinematic, and new lighting and shaders. In addition to updated graphics and background music, it will allow players to spectate online matches in real-time, and will also include the ability to build robin-robin style online tournaments. The private and public lobby system will support up to 16 players, and will include new communications tools like stamps.

Check out screenshots of Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown and let us know what you think? Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown will be available digitally on PS4 on June 1st.

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown revealed as Virtua Fighter eSports – New artwork released

Back on April 2 the title Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown was leaked and today we have some additional information. As suspected, the game is the name for Japan’s Virtua Fighter eSports. Artwork for the game, seen above was published on the Japanese PSN while the Asian PSN has the game listed as Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown for PlayStation 4. This name change is no different from Japan’s Puyo Puyo eSports and Puyo Puyo Champions, the latter being the name for all other regions.

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown rated in Korea for PS4

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown has recently been rated by Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea with it being originally listed as “Virtua Fighter Esports” for PlayStation 4. Could it be an enhanced port of Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown that everyone has been asking for since Playstation Network will be shutting down soon on Playstation 3 and other previous Playstation products? We’ll provide more news on the front until SEGA themselves make an official announcement.

[Source: VFDC]