Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Hits PSN June 5th, Xbox Live June 6th

After showcasing the game at a number of major tournaments over the past year, SEGA has finally announced an official release date for Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown. The long-awaited update to the 3d fighter will hit PSN and Xbox Live on June 5th and 6th, respectively, at a price point of $14.99 or 1200 Microsoft Points. There will be character customization packs available at launch, with individual character costume packs (with up to 950 items) selling for $4.99/400 MS Points and sets of nine character packs retailing for $14.99/1200 MS Points. Get hype, VF players, we are weeks from launch!

You can read SEGA’s full press release below:

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – May 14, 2012 -  SEGA® of America Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that the console release date and retail price for Virtua Fighter™ 5 Final Showdown. The stand-alone downloadable 3D fighting game is set to make its console debut on June 5 for PlayStation®Network and June 6 for Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown will be priced at $14.99/ £9.99/ AUD$18.25/ €12.99 for PSN and 1,200 Microsoft Points for XBLA.

Character customization DLC packs will be available immediately upon launch for all 19 fighters, with each character customization pack costing $4.99/ £3.59/ AUD$6.25/ €4.49 for PSN and 400 Microsoft Points for XBLA, and will contain 600-950 customization items. Two additional customization packs, consisting of nine characters’ worth of DLC items and the other with 10 characters’ worth, will also be available at launch for $14.99/ £9.99/ AUD$18.25/ €12.99 each on PSN and 1,200 Microsoft Points each on XBLA.

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown brings the latest arcade version of the Virtua Fighter 5 series to consoles worldwide, adding two new characters—Virtua Fighter 3 favorite Taka-Arashi and newcomer Jean Kujo—and dynamic and interactive fighting arenas. Console-only features include a robust and detailed Training Mode, eight player Online Room Match Mode, and a match record feature to replay, save, and upload fights. Developed by AM2, the console version of Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown will bring the storied franchise’s detailed balance, overhauled fighting mechanics, and extreme depth to new audiences and VF veterans alike in the acclaimed series’ best version yet.

Skullgirls Releasing on XBLA April 11th, PSN Release Date Pending

After being delayed from its Fall 2011 release window and tagged as having an “Early 2012″ release date for what feels like forever now, Reverge Labs’ Ravidrath revealed that 2d tag fighter Skullgirls will finally be hitting the Xbox Live Marketplace on April 11th for 1200 Microsoft Points. The developers expect the Playstation Network release to be around the same time, and are just waiting on confirmation from Sony. This is incredibly exciting news, as the community has been waiting for this game since it first started being teased over a year ago.


Who’s pumped?

Ryu and Akuma Invade Asura’s Wrath


The Japanese trailer for the newest Asura’s Wrath DLC is surfacing around the web, revealing guest appearances by Ryu and Akuma in Capcom’s new action game. Sure, it makes about zero sense, but it could be a fun diversion for those who completed the game, and there’s even a shoutout to this very website in the trailer! Wait, “Fight Your Rival” is a Street Fighter reference?

Fooled me….

Skullgirls Gets a Release Date?



Having been showcased for roughly the past year in preview videos and increasingly solid demo builds at Evo, Comic-Con and the like, indie fighter Skullgirls has been looking like a complete, tournament-ready brawler for months. While Reverge Labs’ colorful, unique take on 2D tag-team fighting has been consistently delayed from its original Fall 2011 release window, Xbox Live Marketplace is listing the title as set for release on April 4th. Please, Reverge, let it be true. I’ve been watching videos of beautifully-animated cartoon girls doing really violent things to each other, and I just want to be a part of it already.