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Virtua Fighter 6 rollback, game modes, and esports focus revealed

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Notes on the upcoming Virtua Fighter 6 =reveal exciting details for fans of the classic fighting game franchise. 

Virtua Fighter has been dormant for nearly two decades. The last real entry into the franchise came all the way back in 2006 with Virtua Fighter 5.  Barring enhanced editions like Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown in 2021, Sega seemingly had no plans to revisit the 3D fighting game series. But the company announced at The Game Awards 2023 that they would start reviving old franchises, sparking hopes in the minds of series fans.

Although Virtua Fighter was not mentioned alongside Jet Set Radio and Streets of Rage, Sega is still proving aware of the franchise’s history. Sega of America CEO Shuji Utsumi noted that Virtua Fighter could use an overhaul. With how far the 3D fighter subgenre has grown since then, it’s not surprising that Sega wants to catch up, and recent leaks suggest that they’re doing just that.

First details emerge on Virtua Fighter 6?

Virtua Fighter 6 will reportedly be a reboot of the series, and will have an “esports focus.”  Midori, a leaker who has previously reported details on such Sega titles as Persona 3 Reload, reports key details about the upcoming Virtua Fighter. Much like Mortal Kombat 1, Virtua Fighter 6 will be a reboot of the franchise and will be available on all major platforms.

Virtua Fighter 6 will specifically focus on its esports aspect, and will feature fully customizable online and offline modes. The game will also feature a story mode featuring fresh fighters that are newcomers to the franchise.

Midori states the game’s concept has changed many times since 2021, implying that development started soon after the latest release of Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown. 

Will Virtua Fighter 6 have crossplay and rollback?

Virtua Fighter 6 will reportedly include both crossplay and rollback. One of the biggest worries for modern fighting game fans is whether their favorite games will feature crossplay and rollback. Fortunately for VF fans, Midori reports Virtua Fighter 6 will include those desired features. As the game will be esports focused, crossplay and rollback should help the online competitive scene to thrive.
At the moment, there is no official release date for Virtua Fighter 6. The popularity of Tekken 8 proves that there remains a great hunger for fun 3D fighters. Virtua Fighter may reclaim its throne in the near future.

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