No online mode in Virtua Fighter

Not ever, says series producer.

Online gaming may be all the rage these days, but it seems not everyone's convinced that it is indeed The Future.

Take Hiroshi Kataoka, for example, the man behind the Virtua Fighter series. In an interview with US magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly, Kataoka said he and his team tested the latest instalment online - but that it didn't work out.

Apparently they simulated lag and timing issues that would come into play if the game had an online mode, and weren't too impressed. "It wound up feeling like a completely different game," Kataoka said.

"If we ever wanted to do an online fighting game, it would have to be called something besides Virtua Fighter," he added.

So there you have it - no VF online, but perhaps we'll see a whole new franchise in the future...

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