A recent review for an unannounced Virtua Fighter game may point to an imminent revival of Sega’s fighting game series. In March, Korea’s Game Rating and Administration Committee reviewed Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown for PlayStation 4, a release that can be linked to Sega’s sports ambitions.
According to the assessment, discovered by Gematsu, Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown is also familiar with another name: Virtua Fighter sports. Back in September, Sega teased a project called “Virtua Fighter × esports”, but did not announce a specific game title or platform. Sega said at the time that Virtua Fighter “will be restarted as an esports title to celebrate the 60th anniversary of SEGA̵
Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown would be the (somewhat) logical follow-up of the last entry in the franchise: Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown. That version of the game was released in arcades in 2010, and ported to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012.
In February, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada teased that he wanted a representative from Sega to join the next episode of Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable, a panel show on YouTube that featured developers from Capcom, Bandai Namco, Arc System Works, SNK, and Arika. Harada did not explain why he specifically wanted Sega to appear, but he may have insight into the publisher’s fighting game plans. The organizers of the Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable have not announced a date for the third episode of the stream.