SAN FRANCISCO (February 20, 2007) – SEGA of America, Inc. announced today that Virtua Fighter 5 has shipped to stores in North America for the PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system. The highly anticipated video game will be the first fighting game available for the next generation console. Virtua Fighter 5 features two new fighters, brand new offensive moves, customizable characters, stunning high definition graphics and highly detailed 3D environments.
Virtua Fighter 5 is one of the most critically acclaimed games by the media on any Next Gen system. Electronic Gaming Monthly gave it review scores of 10, 9.5 and 9.5, as well as bestowing it with Game of the Month honors, a Gold Medal distinction, and praising it as "the finest 3D fighting game ever created."
The game features beautifully detailed stages from around the world where players face off in fast-moving martial arts battles against one of 17 characters. Players will be able to customize their characters by altering their appearance with an assortment of new costumes, hair color, accessories and more. Two new characters, El Blaze and Eileen, join the elite group of fighters with their own unique fighting styles. El Blaze is a Mexican wrestling champion who uses the Lucha Libre fighting style while Eileen uses "Kou-Ken", a Monkey Kung Fu style.
Also new to the game is the Commentary Feature that allows players to turn on a play-by-play sports commentary audio while fighting their opponent which brings a broadcast presentation feel to the game. The reinvented Quest Mode allows players to choose their opponents, which allows for a more strategic and flexible gameplay experience.
"SEGA delivers the first martial arts style fighting game for the PLAYSTATION 3 system with Virtua Fighter 5," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America. "Not only is it a stunning looking game graphically, but Virtua Fighter 5 delivers the most intense fighting experience available."
Created by the renowned development team AM RandD Department #2 out of Japan, Virtua Fighter 5 will be rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and will have an MSRP of $59.95. For more information, please visit the official Web site at www.sega.com/VF5.
About SEGA of America, Inc.
SEGA of America, Inc. is the American Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. The SEGA of America, Inc. Web site is located at www.SEGA.com