It's Like Virtua Fighters, But Without the Fighters!
1/20/2005 2:28:00 AM
The thought of making an RPG featuring characters from the Virtua Fighter
universe is an intriguing one, so it's no coincidence that SEGA has done just that with its recently released Virtua Quest
. Instead of controlling the characters you'll play as some random kid who goes into some virtua universe for entertainment. Hmm... sounds a little more like Phantasy Star Online
than Virtua Fighter
to me. It'll be interesting to see how this one pans out.
SEGA SHIPS VIRTUA QUEST FOR GAMECUBE, PLAYSTATION 2
Classic SEGA Characters Reborn as Virtual Mentors
SAN FRANCISCO (January 18, 2005) - SEGAÂ® of America today announced the availability of Virtua Questâ„¢ -- an action-RPG spin-off of the renowned Virtua Fighter franchise -- for the Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢ and PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system.
Virtua Quest is designed to introduce the Virtua Fighter characters to younger players, an audience more familiar with story-driven action games than complex arcade fighting games. In Virtua Quest, the player assumes the identity of a young boy named Sei (pronounced "Say"). As the player explores each stage, he/she discovers data clusters called "'Virtua Souls". When these Virtua Souls unlock, players are trained how to perform a range of flashy fighting moves by the most popular Virtua Fighter brawlers.
"With Virtua Quest, we wanted to develop a title that would resonate with our younger audience," said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president of entertainment marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "The play mechanics offer significant depth while remaining user-friendly for inexperienced gamers."
Traditional role-playing game elements such as leveling up, skill branches, and extensive cinematic cut-scenes give this adventure a robust â€˜quest' feel. There are more than 45 special moves to master, and beyond using his fists and feet, Sei also wields a super-powered, whip-style energy wire. Virtua Fighter cameos include fan-favorites Akira, Lau, Pai and Wolf, among others.
Virtua Quest is rated "T" for Teens and is available at retailers nationwide for an MSRP of $39.95. For screenshots and artwork visit the SEGA FTP site at: http://segapr.segaamerica.com.
SEGAÂ® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
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