After Sega announced its newest update to the 2006 released Virtua Fighter 5, the developers openly gave a little preview with what is to come from this new update to their already aging game. It seems like Sega is not much of a fan with releasing new complete version of games as we have seen them rather tinker around with this game that was released over 5 years ago. By naming the upcoming update for Virtua Fighter 5 as “Final Showdown”, fans can now expect that this would be the last mod/update that Sega is going to be inducing into this already update-laden game.
Final Showdown is set on a summer 2012 release window for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 consoles. It was described to be an update and expansion to the previous versions of Vitua Fighter 5. Fans can expect new modes, arenas, a new game roster, and significant changes in fighting physics, as what Sega spilled out during an interview on a press conference. Some characters are likely to be coming back in this stand-alone downloadable update, particularly the Virtua Fighter 3 Sumo Wrestler standout Taka-Arashi. Sega is also keeping the fans on their feet by squeezing a few details on the new character who will debut on the Final Showdown update – Jean Kujo.
One very interesting feature that Sega has announced on about the Final Showdown update pack for Virtua Fighter 5 is the newly improved online gameplay where they promised “little, to no latency” for online matches. With the gameplay and physics completely overhauled, significant balances fixed and character attributes tweaked, a new online gameplay experience, plus the added mode for single player that lets gamers fight a hoard of enemies at once. It seems like Sega was ready for a new installment, just to clamp it down and offer it as an upgrade.