SEGA Serves Up Virtua Tennis For PSP
One of SEGAís few remaining sports franchises is coming this fall to a PSP near you.
SEGA announced today that Virtua Tennis World Tour is in development and that the seriesí trademark gameplay has been retooled to take full advantage of the PSPís capabilities.
Virtua Tennis World Tour seems to closely resemble Sega Sports Tennis for the PS2, a game which was basically a port of Virtua Tennis 2 for the Dreamcast. In this game, players will be able to play as a tennis pro, create their own pro, play some minigames to improve their player, and more. Virtua Tennis World Tour will also support Wi-Fi, so up to four people can compete at once. Other game modes include Exhibition play, Tournament play, and a World Tour mode that lets players create their own tennis pro and move him (or her) up through the world rankings.
The gameís development is being handled by SUMO Digital, which is the same team that did a solid job in porting OutRun 2 to the XBOX last year.
There arenít many tennis games out there, and the Virtua Tennis series stands as the cream of the crop. Weíre hoping that SEGA can serve up an ace with this one, and weíll be monitoring it closely as we draw closer to its release.
5/10/2005 Peter J. Skerritt, Jr.