Virtua Fighter 5 is coming to PlayStation 4
But in a slightly roundabout way.
Rejoice! The greatest fighting game ever made - and I'm typing this well out of earshot of Street Fighter obsessive Wes so I think I can just about get away with this - is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Only it's doing so in a slightly roundabout way.
Gematsu has just translated a Famitsu article that reveals a little more detail about Yakuza 6, and thrillingly Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown is going to be a part of the game's play spots - virtual arcades where you can while away the hours and play games plucked from Sega's illustrious past. It's joined by Puyo Puyo and classics such as Outrun and Fantasy Zone.
Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown is the real prize, though, given how that game's the pinnacle of Sega's outstanding and sadly AWOL fighting series. The last we saw of it in the west was the ports of Final Showdown in 2012 for PS3 and Xbox 360 (I reviewed it back in the day, and in one of the more regrettable episodes in this site's history since we gave Sonic 4 a 9/10 I neglected to give it full marks, something which gives me sleepless nights to this day).
Does that mean a proper PS4 port of Final Showdown will be following shortly? It's probably about as likely as Yakuza 6 coming out on these shores anytime before the apocalypse, which is currently pencilled in for sometime around 2019. Japan, meanwhile, is getting the game this December. Thankfully, the PS4 isn't region locked, so getting hold of a copy shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Yakuza 6 is supposedly bringing series' star Kazuma Kiryu's story to an end, and it'll also feature cam girls, something I'm not 100 per cent sure about, but it'll also star Takeshi 'Beat' Kitano, something I'm 110 per cent behind.