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Virtua Tennis 4 announced for Xbox 360, Wii + new trailer!

SEGA is happy to announce today that Virtua Tennis 4 fans on both the Xbox 360 and Wii can officially start getting excited – the game is coming to your systems, too! In addition, we’ve got a shiny, brand new trailer now live below! Finally, you can find new screenshots here on our Flickr page!

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The official press release is as follows:

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (January 20, 2011) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. are thrilled to announce that Virtua Tennis™ 4 will be making its way onto North American retail shelves for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Wii™ system from Nintendo in Spring 2011. As previously announced, the game will also be available for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system featuring PlayStation®Move compatibility and 3D technology.

Developed to take full advantage of Kinect™ for Xbox 360®, PlayStation®Move, and MotionPlus, Virtua Tennis 4 puts players closer than ever before to being out on the court. Fans of the world’s No.1 selling tennis series can also enjoy all of the new features using regular controllers. Boasting its strongest ever player line-up across all platforms, Virtua Tennis 4 features the world’s top stars such as world No.1 Rafael Nadal, 16-time major champion Roger Federer and UK No.1 Andy Murray. Joining them for the first time are seven new champions making their debut to the series, enabling players to take on the likes of Juan Martín Del Potro, Fernando Gonzalez, Caroline Wozniacki and Laura Robson.

“Virtua Tennis 4 is going to be a massive push forward for the series,” commented Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA of Europe and SEGA of America. “New technology has allowed for the development of innovative styles of gameplay, meaning Virtua Tennis can reach a level of realism not seen before in the tennis genre.”

In addition, Virtua Tennis 4 sees a totally new World Tour career mode designed to encourage replay value with an element of off-court fame. Each decision affects a player’s career path meaning no two careers will ever be the same, while a brand new on-court feature makes for even more dramatic singles and doubles matches. Players can build up their Match Momentum gauge over the course of a match and revel in their improved ability as their players grow in confidence.

The new Online Mode offers an invigorating experience with the choice of a competitive and casual area to suit all players. This new hub will be the most engaging online experience for tennis gamers ever, promising a more competitive matchmaking system and online tournaments geared to seeking out the ultimate Virtua Tennis Champion.

Virtua Tennis 4 is developed by the original Virtua Tennis Team in Japan and will be available in Spring 2011 for the PlayStation®3 system, Xbox 360 and Wii and has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

If you’d like to talk about the news with other Virtua Tennis 4 fans, we invite you to join us on the official Virtua Tennis forums!

So… anyone else stoked about the news?


Virtua Tennis 4 announced for PS3 – with 3D and Move!

Fans of Virtua Tennis should take heart – the long awaited fourth installment to the series has just been announced, and this time, will offer both 3D and Playstation Move compatibility!

As the just revealed press announcement details:

Virtua Tennis 4 with the PlayStation Move isn’t just about 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 experience, bringing you closer than ever to being out on the court.

We’ll be revealing the full player line-up in the future, but the screenshots here (and more here on Flickr!) reveal at least a couple familiar faces for fans of the series. Worth noting too is that we’ve got our original Virtua Tennis team working on big number quatro, who have been involved in almost all of the previous Virtua Tennis games, save for VT2009.

So Virtua Tennis fans – what are your thoughts? What are you most looking forward to in the next numbered installment of VT? Does the news of the original dev team working on it again bring a smile to your face, or, for some of us, a pixelated blip to your VMU powered heart? We hope so – and we’ll be bringing you guys all the latest in Virtua Tennis 4 news as it arrives soon!