According to an interview at IGN
, Virtua Fighter 5
is running in an advanced state on PS3 hardware as we speak. All that's missing are home specific features and tweaks. This is an update from the last post
on this exciting next-gen fighter, slightly due to its near completion, but what was interesting were the comments the developers had about the PS3.
Hiroshi Kataoka, president of SEGA-AM2 was quoted as saying "considering its abilities, it's not expensive ... if that hardware was released not as PlayStation, but under the Vaio brand, and you got a Blu-Ray drive, a cell chip and the latest NVIDIA GPU for under 100,000 yen, you'd definately call it cheap." He makes sure to say if consumers consider it just a game machine, the price can seem pretty daring.
The rest of the interview talks about how while a multi-platform release would have been possible, it would have decreased parameters, so they decided to stick to a PS3 exclusive for that reason.
So there you have it! For fighter fans out there, especially of the Virtua variety, there is a fantastic game coming to PS3 alone ... and at the rate it's going, we may even see it earlier than we expect. We hope.