Virtua Fighter 5 date punched out

Sega announces ship date for PlayStation 3 fighter in North America as February 20; brawler will be launch title for European PS3 debut.

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The PlayStation 3 looks to fill the traditional-fighting-game-genre void left over from its lineup of launch games early next year with the release of Virtua Fighter 5--that part gamers knew. What PS3 owners didn't know was exactly when that hole would be filled.

Sega today finally revealed when the PS3 gets it punch on by announcing the game's official release date. Virtua Fighter 5 will ship to North American retailers on February 20. The game will also be part of the European PS3 launch's lineup when the console is released in that region in March.

VF5 offers 17 characters--two of which are new--and the option to customize an extra character. By pummeling opponents in the various arenas, gamers will gain in-game money that can be used to purchase accessories for their fighters.

Sega has also updated the Virtua Fighter 5 Web site, with news, media, and information on the game.

Virtua Fighter 5 is rated T for Teen. For more information, read GameSpot's previous coverage.

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