[UPDATE: Clarification of the game’s pricing structure has been sent to me by a Sega PR representative. The 2 “additional” bundles are in fact bundles of all of the $5 content with certain characters being separated in to others. Purchasing individually still would be $5 a person and I’d be remiss to think you would do that for more than 1 or 2 characters.]
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is the greatly updated version of Virtua Fighter 5 that has been in arcades throughout Japan for years. It adds two characters to the roster with Jean Kujo and everyone’s favorite sumo Taka-Arashi. Unlike other versions of fighters, this game will be coming out as a downloadable XBLA and PSN game instead of an upgrade or full retail title. The way they’ll offset this is by having a large number of downloadable content.
The content will be offered at $5 or 400 MS points per character for costumes. With 19 characters total, it’s easy to see where Sega will be making their money off the release. There will also be 2 bundle packages that will release for half of the rosters characters at $15 or 1200 MS points.
Sega is making a point to call these additional bundles so until they clarify, I’m going to assume this is another pack instead of a reduced bundle. These bundles will be available with the game when it retails for $15 or 1200 MS points on June 5, 2012. What we seem to be seeing for the full game is a total price of $140. If the bundle packs are combo reductions, then it only works out to $45 total.
While I’m inclined to argue that the DLC offers a huge number of customization options for the fighters, I’m not going to realistically spend $140 on Virtua Fighter. This is 600-950 customization items per character, so I can’t sit back and say that a pack won’t be worth it to make your character YOUR character. I’m just surprised they are planning to charge so much when they had such a nice unlockable mode in Virtua Fighter 5.
I’ve included the full press release below with a new trailer highlighting the options available for the title.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.