It appears there could also be a future for Sega’s venerable Virtua Fighter franchise. After laying dormant for over a decade, this yr noticed the shock launch of Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, which remakes the 2010 recreation utilizing Yakuza’s Dragon Engine. Apparently, in a new interview with Japanese gaming site Dengeki Online, Sega producer Moriji Aoki admitted the brand new Virtua Fighter wasn’t actually designed to become profitable, however to check the viability of the franchise, and fortunately, it appears it handed.
In accordance with Aoki, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown exceeded Sony’s expectations when it got here to downloads and participant retention has been excessive. Response has been robust sufficient, that Sega is now seeking to the longer term and maybe contemplating a brand new recreation within the franchise…
The retention price is excessive in Japan. I really feel that the title that was born in Japan is massive. Many individuals are enjoying in Asia, Europe and the US, which have a big inhabitants. The variety of downloads was greater than anticipated. SIE has a “forecast crew” that predicts the variety of downloads, however it was fairly near the goal numbers they predicted upfront.
One of many functions of this work was to measure the potential as a title, however as I discussed earlier, the outcomes present that extra folks than anticipated have been fascinated about it, so this consequence. It’s our job to consider what to do sooner or later. […] I’m severely eager about the manufacturing of the subsequent mission whereas completely investigating and analyzing it, and I’m growing a imaginative and prescient [of how to] make such a title, if I make it.
No phrase on what kind a brand new Virtua Fighter mission may take, however Aoki says it could probably take a number of years to develop and would wish to enchantment to a worldwide viewers. As for bringing VF5 Final Showdown to a wider viewers, Aoki says he’s thought-about Steam, however is worried releasing for a number of platforms would unfold the viewers and certain necessitate crossplay, which might be a giant problem to implement correctly. Right here’s hoping Sega makes the try!
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is accessible now on PS4 and playable by way of backward compatibility on PS5. The sport can also be included with PlayStation Now.