Virtua Fighter 5 Coming to PS4 Courtesy of Yakuza Devs

by in Fighting Game News | May, 25th 2021

SEGA and RGG Studios (Yakuza: Like a Dragon) are coming together to bring back classic Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown in June! This isn’t just a port either, but a full, new version of the game for the Playstation 4 on June 1st. It’s also a digital exclusive, meaning you can only get it on the PS4 (and likely PS5 as a result). Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios are a studio with a reputation for quality, high-effort games. Between the Yakuza remakes and Judgment’s remaster, we have high hopes for the re-release of Virtua Fighter 5 on PS4.

From 2006 to 2021, Thanks to Sega AM2 and RGG:

Virtua Fighter’s back in a huge way! Now personally, this writer hasn’t truthfully been a big Virtua Fighter fan, until he played the Virtua Fighter titles in the various Yakuza games on PS4. It really showed off the games in a faithful way. It’s been revealed that Virtua Fighter 5 is being worked on by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, and SEGA AM2 – the original developer of the game. We can expect some new features in Virtua Fighter 5’s PS4 release, and that’s exciting.

Updated visuals, new background music for all the stages, and new online features await us. A spectator mode will also be available, and lobbies for 16 players, in addition to tournament options. The real question we have to ask though: Will it have good netcode? No matter how pretty a game is, it’s going to be thrown right in the trash without decent netcode. It’s wild that Virtua Fighter 5 originally dropped in arcades in 2006, then on PS3/Xbox 360. The version we’re getting is a remake of Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown.

If you want to get some practice in, and don’t have Virtua Fighter 5 already, it’s available in the arcades of Judgment and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. It’s pretty hype to know that a classic is coming back, and will be readily available through the PS4’s digital storefront. Hopefully, it will also be playable on PS5, but we don’t think there’s a reason why it wouldn’t. We’ve heard teasers of a return to Virtua Fighter recently with an esports title, and so this reveal is perfect timing. There’s no telling what that will be, but we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest.


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