SEGA has recently announced Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, a remake of the original Virtua Fighter 5 which released back in 2006. Ultimate Showdown is releasing June 1st as a PS4 console exclusive.
As reported by IGN, Ultimate Showdown is made as part of SEGA’s 60th anniversary, and is development is led by an “all-star team” from Sega AM2 with help from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio (the Yakuza series developers). In fact, Ultimate Showdown is built on Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s own Dragon Engine.
Aside from enhanced graphics, Ultimate Showdown also brings new background music for each stage, updated lighting, 16-player lobbies, support for online tournaments, and more.
In case you’re unfamiliar, Virtua Fighter 5 was released back in 2006 for PS3 and Xbox 360. The game was also released in arcades in Japan. Following Virtua Fighter 5’s release, SEGA has not launched any mainline Virtua Fighter since, meaning the series was effectively put on ice for years.
Virtua Fighter is back. Re-made in RGG Studio’s Dragon Engine, the 3D fighting game that started it all never looked so good!
Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown launches worldwide as a PlayStation®4 console exclusive next week on June 1, 2021! pic.twitter.com/a1I57j7Szr
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The upcoming launch of Ultimate Showdown marks the first Virtua Fighter game release in over a decade. While it’s still not an entirely new game, it is still a possible indication that the series might come back.
Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown will release for PS4 on June 1, 2021. Currently, there’s no word yet on a release on other platforms.