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Virtua Fighter returns and it's going eSports

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • September 25, 2020 at 6:48 a.m. PDT • Comments: 106

During Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online this morning, Sega announced that long-running 3D fighting franchise Virtua Fighter will be coming back. According to the company, there will be an emphasis on eSports with its return.

A quick trailer was shown that featured various clips of players and fans competing at tournaments. It was rounded out with a short glimpse at a new render of Virtua Fighter poster boy, Akira, and the announcement that Virtua Fighter is going eSports.

"The gold standard of gaming is finally back in eSports!" Sega's tweet reads (thanks to translation by Nibellion on Twitter). "Announcing the Virtua Fighter X eSports project!

"Virtua Fighter, the world's first 3D fighting game in 1993, will be rebooted first in Japan to celebrate Sega's 60th anniversary. Stay tuned for more news on this one!" Sega's tweet concludes.

The messaging here is fairly vague and shrouded in mystery. At this point in time, it is unclear what exactly this Virtua Fighter X eSports project will entail.

"Rebooted" seems to suggest that an old game in the series is being brought back and redone to better fit an eSports environment. However, it could also be a reference to the series' return and pointing to a brand new entry in the franchise.

Based on the information provided, it does look like Japan will be seeing the fruits of this project before the rest of the world. While whatever game is tied to this project will probably release in other regions as well, it is likely that the eSports portion will see a competitive league of some sort in Japan exclusively, for the time being.

What we can say is that the footage of Akira in the trailer features a version of the character we've never seen before. When we see more of this project, there's a good chance we'll be seeing something all new for the Virtua Fighter series.

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Thanks to PrayingMule, Faust_Max, and an anonymous reader for sending this in.

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