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Sega AM3 returns to Virtua Tennis... in 3D. With move support.

TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
edited August 2010 in Games and Technology
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SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (August 17th, 2010) –SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. are thrilled to announce that the critically acclaimed Virtua TennisTM series is in development for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, featuring full PlayStation®Move compatibility and 3D technology. Developed in Japan by the original Virtua Tennis Team, Virtua Tennis 4, releasing in 2011, promises a more immersive, true to life tennis experience than ever before.

Virtua Tennis 4 with the PlayStation Move is more than just hitting the ball; it’s about the angle of the racquet, the spin and speed of the ball and the power of the shot. The advanced motion sensors of PlayStation Move precisely track both the fast and subtle movements of the controller allowing for pinpoint accurate shots as players improve their racquet skills. Virtua Tennis 4 will also support 3D technology delivering unprecedented realism to the tennis experience, bringing you closer than ever to being out on the court.

“Virtua Tennis 4 is a fantastic example of how our 3rd Party partners are seeing the potential not just in PlayStation Move, but also 3D,” said Simon Rutter, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing at SCEE. “The combination of both Move and 3D offers an entirely new gaming experience and one that has the potential to completely change how people interact with their entertainment. Virtua Tennis 4 shows how this technology can be implemented and we are very excited to be working with SEGA on this.”

“We have always strived to provide a tennis experience that is both true to the sport and great fun to play, and we are continuing to work with Sony to make this happen”, commented Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA America. “With Virtua Tennis 4 being developed for PlayStation Move and featuring 3D technology, the boundaries of realism in sports video games are being pushed even further”.

With a host of additional features and the full player line-up to be revealed in the coming months, Virtua Tennis 4 is slated for release in 2011 and will be available on PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system.

Virtua Tennis 4 is currently being shown at the Sony Computer Entertainment Europe consumer stand in Hall 07.1 of the Cologne Trade Fair Center at Gamescom 2010 trade fair for interactive games and entertainment.

For more information, please visit the official site at www.sega.com or to download screenshots, videos and art, please visit www.sega-press.com.

Screenshots at the link. RubyEclipse has confirmed that the original Virtua Tennis team is working on this, not digital sumo. Also, 3D and move support.

HOLY FUCK.

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    urahonkyurahonky Cynical Old Man Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Well the pictures shown must be very BETA because they look all... turtle-like? I don't know. It looks like all of the people are lepers.

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    TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    urahonky wrote: »
    Well the pictures shown must be very BETA because they look all... turtle-like? I don't know. It looks like all of the people are lepers.

    yeah the screens look fucking weird. They all look like gingers with tans or something.

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    urahonkyurahonky Cynical Old Man Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    urahonky wrote: »
    Well the pictures shown must be very BETA because they look all... turtle-like? I don't know. It looks like all of the people are lepers.

    yeah the screens look fucking weird. They all look like gingers with tans or something.

    It's probably just IGN running it through their own filter.

    But related to the game: I hope this is as fun as the last Virtua Tennis game I played. It was in the Dreamcast era. Not sure which one it was, honestly, but it was a blast with friends. Even though it was just... Tennis.

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    TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    urahonky wrote: »
    urahonky wrote: »
    Well the pictures shown must be very BETA because they look all... turtle-like? I don't know. It looks like all of the people are lepers.

    yeah the screens look fucking weird. They all look like gingers with tans or something.

    It's probably just IGN running it through their own filter.

    But related to the game: I hope this is as fun as the last Virtua Tennis game I played. It was in the Dreamcast era. Not sure which one it was, honestly, but it was a blast with friends. Even though it was just... Tennis.

    I doubt it, those screens are also on sega's site.

    Virtua Tennis 1 and 2 were legit greatness. They are some of the most fun tennis games I've ever played... when you get a long volley going it can get intense. It helps that, at their heart, they're arcade games, no sims. The only game that really ever came close to being as fun, to me, as the original Top Spin on the Xbox.

    Virtua Tennis 3 was a mess. Digital Sumo, while a competent developer, just didn't do a good job. Virtua Tennis on the PSP was a bit better, but it clearly showed that Digital Sumo was no AM3. AM3 returning to the series has me very, very excited. Especially since it's confirmed that the original staff is making this one.

    For me, this has become the killer app for the move. i've poured hours into Wii Sports Tennis with my friends, and Wii Sports Tennis isn't half the game Virtua Tennis is.

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    mntorankusumntorankusu I'm not sure how to use this thing.... Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I thought AM3 developed Virtua Tennis 3, and Sumo only did the ports, like they did for OutRun 2?

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    joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class Traitor Smoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Am I the only one who doesn't want waggle/motion control tennis

    If I want to run around and swat at the air I'll just go play a couple sets at the middle school court with my wife

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    TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I thought AM3 developed Virtua Tennis 3, and Sumo only did the ports, like they did for OutRun 2?

    I'm speaking of the home ports, the arcade version was indeed done by AM3.
    Am I the only one who doesn't want waggle/motion control tennis

    If I want to run around and swat at the air I'll just go play a couple sets at the middle school court with my wife

    You can also play this game with a controller. And, in fact, the recommend control scheme is an arcade stick. Virtua Tennis is an arcade game.

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    joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class Traitor Smoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I really liked Top Spin 3. The realistic momentum and stamina mechanics worked really well. The only problems I had with it were the best of 5 games in tournaments, missing Wimbledon and some very famous tennis stars' conspicuous absence. Oh, and the ability to cheese the sim system.

    I'll keep an eye on this, though. I am jonesing for a good tennis game.

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    UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ALwKeSEYs

    This is what I want!

    Sega Sports Tennis was a bitch to find but goddammit I hunted that game down and showed it lots of loving on PS2

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