Chalk up another lost exclusive for the PlayStation 3 - Sega has announced that Virtua Fighter 5 will be coming to the Xbox 360 as well as the PlayStation 3. According to the company's press release, the PS3 version of the game will still be hitting retail in North America on February 20th, but will now be followed by an Xbox 360 version sometime late in the summer of 2007;
"SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (December 21, 2006) - SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced that the highly anticipated arcade fighting game, Virtua Fighter™ 5, will make its way onto the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system. Virtua Fighter 5 is scheduled for release on Xbox 360 in North America and in Europe late summer 2007. The game will also be available for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system on February 20, 2007 in North America and will be available in Europe simultaneously with the system's launch in March 2007.
"SEGA delivers the most technical fighting game experience on Xbox 360 with this installment of the award-winning Virtua Fighter series," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President Marketing, SEGA of America. "Virtua Fighter 5 takes full advantage of Xbox 360's hardware with action-packed gameplay, customizable characters, stunning graphics and highly detailed 3D fighting environments."" - Sega press release
That's gotta sting. The question here is how much of an effect the extra few months between the two versions will have on sales. I may not have an answer on that, but I do know that someone over at Sony had better start locking up some exclusives asap.
Check out the Sega press release at this link for more details.