Virtua Tennis 4 to be launch title for PSVita
Sega bring its popular tennis game to Sony’s new handheld system.
Sega announced that it will be bringing Virtua Tennis 4 as a launch title for the Playstation Vita when it launches this Holiday season. The game will feature a roost of 22 top Tennis stars, including Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic.
“We are delighted to announce Virtua Tennis 4 and confirm the development of four further titles for the NGP, 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 the NGP.”
“With Virtua Tennis 4 on 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.”
The game will feature use of PSV’s top and rear Touch Panel controls for both on and off court, although players can still whack it out with the classic pad control scheme.
Other PSV-focused features include the Party function which will allow players to have a full “social experience” with the World Tour Map and Online Mode as they track their friends “progress, chat, share stats and comments, and challenge people to online matches”. Apart from the regular online modes, Sega will introduce a ‘special’ Touch Versus Match mode as well that allows two players to battle it out on the same system. The game will also use PSV’s camera to customize characters by allowing players to attach their own mug on them.
Virtual Tennis 4 for the PS3 and Xbox 360 are already out in stores.