Sega Developing Five PS Vita Games, Including Launch Title Virtua Tennis 4


Attempting to recreate past successes with Virtua Tennis launch titles from the debuts of the PSP and PS3 before it, Sega has announced that a portable version of recent tennis game Virtua Tennis 4 will be ready to go for the PlayStation Vita’s launch this holiday season. I recently reviewed the PS3 version, and found it enjoyable and disappointing at the same time — but could see myself getting more out of it as a portable game.

It sounds like the Vita version of VT4 may just turn out to be the dominant player, too, with Sega promising many new features to take advantage of the platform’s unique capabilities. Things like front and rear panel touch controls, motion sensing support, the ability to slap a photo of your face onto your created avatar, an exclusive Touch Versus Match in which two players can compete on the same screen, and support for the system’s ‘Party’ function allowing for chat, stat sharing and match challenges during World Tour and Online modes. 22 of the console versions’ 24 star tennis players will also make the cut, with the HD likenesses of Federer, Nadal, Murray, Djokovic, Del Potro and more taking center stage.

Sega isn’t stopping its PS Vita support with VT4 either. The publisher also says it has four more undisclosed Vita projects in progress, including “all new adventures for some of our most loved SEGA IP, in addition to extremely innovative and purpose built new IP.” I’d sure love a Vita Vectorman reboot, but yeah…I don’t see that happening. Either way, I can’t wait to see what else Sega has up its sleeve.

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