Sega has announced the new project for the Virtua Fighter fighting game series during the Tokyo Game Show livestream on Friday. However, its nature is still shrouded in mystery. Sega itself associates the project with esports and calls it Virtua Fighter x esports.
It is clear that Sega has not provided a direct sequel to the series (e.g. Virtua Fighter 6). On the official website of the project, the company says that Virtua Fighter will be relaunched as an esports game to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Sega’s founding. The video teaser shows mostly footage of Virtua Fighter tournaments and ends with Akira Yuki, the main fighter of the fighting game series.
格 ゲ ー の 金字塔 が 、 つ い に e ス ポ ー ツ で 復活！
「バ ー チ ャ フ ァ イ タ ー × esports プ ロ ジ ェ ク ト」 発 表！
– セ ガ 公式 ア カ ウ ン ト 🦔 (@SEGA_OFFICIAL) September 25, 2020
What really seems clear is that Sega is focusing on the competitive side of their new Virtua Fighter project in the spirit of Puyo Puyo eSports (also known as Puyo Puyo Champions). This is a tournament-oriented puzzle game. Reporters contacted Sega for more details on the Virtua Fighter x esports announcement, but there is no response so far.
The most recent game in the Sega fighting universe, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, was released on slot machines in 2010 and ported to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012. Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is also available in virtual arcade machines within several Yakuza games. from Sega.
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