The next update to Sega's Virtua Fighter series has been
announced. After Virtua Fighter 5 debuted in arcades in 2006, it was ported to
PS3 and eventually Xbox 360 in 2007. The next update, Virtua Fighter 5 Final
Showdown, was released in arcades last year, but the upcoming console version
is aiming to dethrone its predecessor and become the ultimate iteration of VF5.
Planned as a stand-alone downloadable title for PS3 and 360 hitting online
marketplaces in the summer of 2012, Final Showdown will be both an expansion
and an update to all the versions that came before it.
Nineteen fighters are in the game, including 2 characters
new to VF5. Virtua Fighter 3's sumo wrestler Taka-Arashi will make his return
and an all-new karate master, Jean Kujo, will join the fight. There will also
be a host of new modes, arenas, and downloadable items that can be used to
customize fighters. Of course, we don't know much about what they're going to
be, aside from one still-mysterious single-player mode which pits you against
“an army of opponents.”
Final Showdown will also include enhancements that aren't so
obvious. Fighters will move more naturally and enhanced visual cues will more
clearly indicate hit types. Also, in an effort to attract new fans to the
series, the core fighting mechanic is being redesigned to make it easier for
beginners to grasp, and a responsive leaderboard system will keep us from
embarrassing ourselves by getting an unfair matchup.
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