While Virtua Fighter was one of the very first 3D fighting games when it debuted in 1993, it has been one of the last big brawling series to take the plunge into online gaming. The long wait for Virtua fans is almost over, as today Sega announced that the game has gone gold, and is on track to meet its October 30 launch date.
Originally released earlier this year on the PlayStation 3, Virtua Fighter 5 features 17 fighters--two of them new to the series--as well as the ability to customize characters with new items purchased with in-game prize money. In addition to online play, the Xbox 360 version of the game features leaderboards and the ability to download matches from the top fighters so would-be contenders can study their fighting styles. Players will also be able to purchase downloadable Virtua Fighter 5 content through the Xbox Live Marketplace.
For more on Virtua Fighter 5, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.