Tekken may have been the fighting game enjoyed by the game-playing masses but for true arcade connoisseurs the original and best beat’em-up of the mid-90s was Sega’s Virtua Fighter.
First released back in 1993 across arcades up and down the land, Yu Suzuki and Seilchi Ishii’s intelligent, button-bashing classic was a real game-changer as the very first 3D fighting title to hit the market.
Ported to the Sega Saturn a year later, versions of the game would later appear on everything from the Playstation 2 to Xbox 360, with a couple of more recent mobile-only titles thrown in for good measure.
Things have been a little quiet on the Virtua Fighter front in recent times though, with no new titles added to the series in two years.
In fact, it has been four years since console gamers were treated to a new game with Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown the last to be released on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
Any reports of Virtua Fighter’s demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated though with Game Informer reporting that Sega has renewed the game’s trademark.
And while a new title still seems some way off, this latest development does at least confirm that either a new game or some sort of new release is on the way.
This could take the form of either a brand new title or re-mastered re-release of one of the previous games in the series.
Your move, Tekken.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.