Sega’s Virtua Tennis 4 Confirmed PS Vita Launch Title

Sega’s Virtua Tennis 4 Confirmed PS Vita Launch Title

by June 6, 2011

Why You Should Care if You Want Vita-ized Sonic Generations

Late Monday evening, Sega confirmed something featured in Sony’s press conference: Virtua Tennis 4 will be coming to the new Playstation Vita.  We have 14 screenshots that appear to be scaled down to the Vita’s resolution, and the release furnished by Sega PR below.

If you’re just into Sonic, why should you care?  Remember that rumor several days back that claimed Sonic Generations would be among the launch fare for the Vita, then called NGP?  While the source didn’t hammer down VT4 as a confirmation, the fact that Sega is willing to port a title already produced and in most territories released for the Playstation 3 to the new system may indicate a willingness to take a similar chance with their flagship franchise.  Tonight’s announcement almost by default gives more credence to the previous rumor.

We will, of course, see how E3 pans out.  We could know more about further Sega involvement during the week or months from now.  No matter what, Sonic and Sega gamers should be excited to see the company support Sony’s new system.

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO(June 6, 2011) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced that the renowned Virtua Tennis™ series is scheduled to be a launch title on NGP. Developed by the original Virtua Tennis Team in Japan, Virtua Tennis 4will mark the third time the series has been a launch title on new Sony Computer Entertainment hardware, following the successful Virtua Tennisreleases at the launch of  the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

“We are delighted to announce Virtua Tennis 4 and confirm the development of four further titles for theNGP, illustrating our strong support and excitement for the new platform,” said Mike Hayes, CEO of SEGA Europe and SEGA of America. “Our line-up features all new adventures for some of our most loved SEGA IP, in addition to extremely innovative and purpose built new IP – all taking full advantage of the unique gameplay opportunities  provided by theNGP.”

“With Virtua Tennis 4on NGP the team have embraced many of the features that the new hardware is capable of, including the high-definition graphics, Touch Panel control, network functionality, motion sensing system and the camera,” commented Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA of America. “The way the team have been able to implement this brings the Virtua Tennis series to a whole new level on NGP.”

No tennis title would be complete without the world’s top stars, and there are 22 to choose from in the game, including Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic, but Virtua Tennis 4 really comes into its own when showcasing the technology the NGP has to offer. On top of front and rear Touch Panel controls used both on and off court, gamers will also be able to play the whole game with classic pad controls. NGP’s Party function makes the World Tour Map and Online Mode fully social experiences where gamers can track their friends progress, chat, share stats and comments, and challenge people to online matches.

Add to this some exciting customization features using the NGP Camera, such as customizing your character with a  photo of your own face, plus a special Touch Versus Match which allows two players to battle on the same NGP. Virtua Tennis 4 promises to bring tennis on handheld consoles into the next generation.

Virtua Tennis 4 for NGP is currently being shown at the Sony Computer Entertainment booth #4532 in the West Hall of the E3 Expo 2011 in Los Angeles, California.