When a company announces a release date of Spring, you normally imagine something like March, or maybe May at the latest. But in the case of Virtua Fighter 5, Spring has ended up meaning February 8. Not that we should complain--nothing will warm up our cold winter rooms more than a few hours of Virtua Fighter 5 on the PS3. The game will retail for 8190 yen ($70), slightly more expensive than the two Virtua Fighter 4 games which sold for 7140 yen each on the PS2. Preorders of the game will come with Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary Reprint. This is the disc that originally came with Enterbrain's Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary book back in 2003, and is a version of the original Virtua Fighter game, using the system from Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution.
Following the release of Virtua Fighter 5, Sega will release a joystick for PS3, Virtua Stick High Grade, on February 15 for 7329 yen ($63). The stick features lever and buttons of arcade build quality and connects to the PS3 via USB cable.