Virtua Tennis 4 may have been announced first for the PlayStation 3 and then later for the Xbox 360 and Wii, but it will be getting a simultaneous release across platforms. Sega has announced that Virtua Tennis 4 will arrive in North America on all three platforms on May 10. The game's European release date is scheduled for April 29.
This installment in Sega's long-running tennis franchise will capitalize on each of the three systems' motion-sensing capabilities. The Wii and PS3 editions of the game will make use of their systems' respective Wii Motion Plus and PlayStation Move controllers. Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 edition of the game will make use of Microsoft's new camera-based peripheral, the Kinect.
Beyond revamped controls, the game will feature a new World Tour career mode that measures success on the court and fame off of it, as well as branching career paths. Sega is also including a new online mode split into competitive and casual play, online tournaments, and "a more competitive matchmaking system."
For Virtua Tennis 4, Sega is having the game developed in Japan by the original Virtua Tennis team. The first Virtua Tennis was developed by Sega's HitMaker studio and launched on the Dreamcast in 2000. A HitMaker-developed sequel, Virtua Tennis 2K2, debuted on the system the following year. The two most recent major entries in the series--Virtua Tennis 3 and Virtua Tennis 2009--have been developed by Sumo Digital.
For more on Virtua Tennis 4, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.