In a surprise announcement, Sega revealed that it plans to release the series of classic Virtual On arcade games for the PlayStation 4. While there is no release date as yet, the plan is to release the original Virtual On, Virtual On Oratorio Tangram ...and more »
The arcade iterations of 'Virtual On' are coming to the PlayStation 4.Credit: Sega
In a surprise announcement, Sega revealed that it plans to release the series of classic Virtual On arcade games for the PlayStation 4.
While there is no release date as yet, the plan is to release the original Virtual On, Virtual On Oratorio Tangram and Virtual On Force for the PlayStation 4 sometime in the future.
This ties in with the new Tanita manufactured TwinStick peripheral that is seeking crowdfunding, that was originally intended for A Certain Magical Virtual On.
It’s the latter game that makes this announcement so surprising, as A Certain Magical Virtual On sold very poorly in Japan and was generally received badly by fans as well.
It is also interesting that Sega omitted the PlayStation 2 game Virtual On Marz from this list of PlayStation 4 releases and has instead focused on the mainline arcade entries instead.
The last console to hold host to all three Virtual On arcade games was the Xbox 360 and while the Xbox One supports backward compatibility on some, it sadly doesn’t support the HORI built TwinSticks for the console.
So if Tanita gets its crowdfunding campaign off the ground for a new set of PlayStation 4 ready TwinSticks, then these three new Virtual On re-releases would at least have a proper controller to play them with.
Personally, I am very happy with this news. I used to own an arcade cabinet for the original Virtual On and have poured countless hours into the other games in the series as well.
Having the proper arcade iterations more widely available again is definitely great though, if only for undoing the unfortunate mess that was A Certain Magical Virtual On.
Whether these Virtual On re-releases will get a Western release is unclear. After all, A Certain Magical Virtual On was a Japan-only title. What’s more, bar Virtual On Oratorio Tangram (shown above), the ports of the original Virtual On and Virtual On Force from the last console generation failed to make it outside of Japan as well.
With any luck, Sega might bring these games Westward but for now, the classic trio of Virtual On arcade releases will be coming to the PlayStation 4 and that is something genuinely wonderful.
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