The gaming community is no stranger to remakes and remasters, having seen various popular titles of the past repackaged for a new generation. Adding on to the list is Sega’s Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown, which marks a return to form for the classic arcade brawler following a decade-long absence.
Slated to be a PlayStation 4 console exclusive, the game is a brand-new remake of the original Virtua Fighter 5, the latest entry in the series that was first released to arcade back in 2006, then to PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2007. It will feature the same core gameplay and combat mechanics as previous titles, but with upgraded graphics using developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s Dragon Engine technology. Fans can check out the trailer above to see it in action (official reveal via IGN).
Several fresh elements have been added to the remake as well, including new background music for every stage, a revamped user interface, a new opening cinematic, and new lighting and shaders. The private and public lobby system, meanwhile, will support up to 16 players, and introduce new communication tools like stamps. Spectating online matches in real-time and building robin-robin style online tournaments are also possible in this refreshed iteration.
Virtue Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown is developed as part of Sega’s 60th anniversary project, and will land digitally worldwide on 1 June 2021, which is earlier than one would expect.