Sega announced today that Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown will be launching June 5 for Playstation Network and June 6 for Xbox Live Arcade. Downloading the game will cost $14.99 over the Playstation Network and cost 1,200 Microsoft points over Xbox Live Arcade. Sega today has also released a gameplay trailer for the title, which can be seen below.
In a bit of a scummy move, character customizations will not be unlockable, or even be included with the game. Instead, downloadable content (DLC) packs for the game will be available immediately upon launch. The DLC character customization for each character, individually, will cost $4.99 on the Playstation Network or 400 Microsoft points on Xbox Live Arcade. Sega did state, though, that each pack will contain 600-950 customization items. Alternatively, two more DLC customization packs will be available at launch, each for $14.99 or 1,200 Microsoft points. These packs will allow players to buy the character customizations in bulk, with one pack having a combined 9 character customization packs and the other having a combined 10 character customization packs.
The console version of Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown has been anticipated for quite a while. Changes from the arcade version will include a training mode, eight player online room match mode, and a match recording feature that will allow players to save, replay, and upload fights. Oh, and the downloadable customizations, of course. At least the DLC is only aesthetic in nature, though. I can’t imagine the uproar that would ensue in the fighting game community if DLC were released that gave real advantages during a fight.