Classic Mecha Series Virtual-On Ports and Twin Stick Crowdfunding Campaign Announced

Old-school Sega fans and mecha fans rejoice as Sega has announced that it’s porting the first three Virtual-On arcade games to the PlayStation 4.  The announcement was shared during a Tanita Official broadcast in Japan.

The games that will be ported are: the Arcade and Sega Saturn release Virtual On: Cyber Troopers, Dreamcast title Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram (ver 5.66), and surprisingly the Japan-exclusive Xbox 360 title Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Force. The Virtual-On series began back in 1995/1996 and the series is all about lightning fast, massive mech arena battles.

If you want a true throwback experience, Tanita announced that it’s starting a new crowdfunding campaign for a twin-stick PS4 controller, which will be compatible with all three Virtual-On ported titles. Tanita previously tried to raise funds for the controller but failed to meet their funding goal.  You can check out the crowdfunding page (it’s in Japanese, by the way).

Release and additional information for the three Virtual-On ports have not been announced, yet. We’ll continue to keep you posted on any new information we receive.

You can check out the illustrated image of the twin-stick controller below:

sega arcade stick

Author’s Take: If it wasn’t for the Virtual-On series, we might not have had the Zone of the Enders series, Armored Core series, and so many other fun mecha games. I played the first two Virtual-On titles as a kid and loved them, so I’m so ecstatic that I’ll be able to play them once again.

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Brad Crespo

Editor-in-Chief - On a quest to play as many new games as possible while trying to finish an endless backlog.