The next round of Model 2 games will stay in Japan
When Sega originally teased their Model 2 Collection was coming to Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network, they previewed the games in two batches. We’ve already gotten the first batch, which included Virtua Fighter 2, Fighting Vipers, and Sonic the Fighters (see our review here). Batch two was slated to include dual-joystick classic Virtual-On as well as Virtua Striker.
Unfortunately, according to Destructoid, Sega has today announced that there are no plans to bring Virtual-On or Virtua Striker to english-speaking audiences – they will remain exclusive to Japan. This is not the first time Sega has neglected to release a Virtual-On game in America; in 2010, they released “Virtual-On Force” for the Xbox 360 in Japan, an HD remake of the original Virtual-On game. However, Sega did publish the english Dreamcast version of Virtual-On 2: Oratorio Tangram on Xbox Live Arcade back in 2009.
Given that a localized version of the original Virtual-On has existed in Arcades and on the Sega Saturn for more than a decade, it seems odd that they would pass on releasing this new version in english, but that’s the way it looks from here.