Virtua Fighter has a chance for the future after Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown
Released in June 2021, new version of fighting game Virtua Fighter 5 sold much better than Sega expected, and now company is thinking about future of series.
The producer of the game Seiji Aoki told Japanese journalists about this.
According to Aoki, by releasing Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown, Sega wanted to remind a wide audience about the brand and "test the ground". They did not expect strong commercial results from the release, so they immediately gave it away for free to PlayStation Plus subscribers, but in the end the fighting game exceeded all the publisher's expectations. Specific figures are not called, but the developers are happy.
Japanese journalists believe that all this increases the chances of developing Virtua Fighter 6.
Aoki himself answered the question about the likelihood of a new game with cautious optimism. According to him, the popularity of Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown may indicate the "potential viability" of the new part of the series in the conditions of the modern market.
"Sega is now thinking very carefully about whether it is worth starting work on a new game. Production will take several years, but now it is difficult to predict how long the new wave of interest in Virtua Fighter will continue and what will be popular in these few years."
The current plan is to further support Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown. Sega has worked out a roadmap for updates for the whole of next year. She is also considering porting the game to a PC — relevant requests from users are often received.
The original Virtua Fighter 5 was released in 2007 on PlayStation 3.