In the latest video for his private YouTube channel, Tekken sequence director Katsuhiro Harada spoke at size about this week’s launch of Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, sharing that he’s all the time seen surpassing Sega’s foundational 3D preventing sequence as a private aim.
“There was an 11-year hole [between releases], however I’ve been interested by [Virtua Fighter] for over 25 years,” Harada informed an off-screen producer. “I’ve been making fighting games for about 27 years. So, the whole time, you know? I’ve been thinking about it for a long time.”
Harada took over because the director of the Tekken franchise with 1997’s Tekken 3. At the time, Virtua Fighter was nonetheless thought of the undisputed king of 3D preventing video games amongst severe gamers, making it an ideal goal for a younger upstart trying to make his mark on the style. That stated, when requested by his Bandai Namco superiors how lengthy it will take Tekken to overhaul Virtua Fighter by way of monetary success and recognition, Harada didn’t bullshit, as an alternative proposing a lofty timeframe of at the very least 10 years.
“Virtua Fighter was like that on the time,” Harada stated. “When I informed them it’d take at the very least 10 years, they stated, ‘Then keep making it until then.’ I made up my thoughts. I used to be serving to different titles too, however I may make Tekken for 10 years. I believed, ‘I’ll do my greatest to beat them!’ [Beating Virtua Fighter] was a goal for me.”
It’s clear Harada took his self-imposed rivalry to coronary heart. But when Sega stopped releasing new Virtua Fighter video games after 2007’s Virtua Fighter 5, he felt he had nobody else within the 3D preventing sport house to compete towards. Watching high-profile Virtua Fighter opponents—now with no new sport to maneuver on to—migrate to Tekken gave him an “indescribable feeling” of disappointment.
They weren’t selecting Tekken over Virtua Fighter, however merely doing so out of necessity as soon as Sega stopped making new preventing video games. I imply, what had been they going to do, play Dead or Alive? As if.
But now, with the discharge of Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, Harada has seen some struggle from the corporate he as soon as thought of a rival. Sure, it’s not a completely new sport, however sufficient work has been put into making the outdated launch really feel contemporary that it’s doable Sega is priming itself for Virtua Fighter 6. And if that’s the case, Harada is greater than prepared for one more spherical. Where earlier than he likened the remainder of the 3D preventing sport style to a locker room devoid of challengers, Harada now appears like an opponent is lastly ready within the wings.
“In a few years, I hope I’ll be saying, ‘Man, they made that?!’” Harada stated. “I won’t let them win. I will surpass them next time. Let’s have a showdown. I don’t want to end my career as a developer without it. There’s not much time left for me as a developer. So, Sega, please do me a favor: Let’s play one last game.”