Aside from the new items, item-based animations, and costumes, Ver.D introduces Knockout Trial 2 (a 1P mode) and VF5 Official Open Battle.
Open Battle is a way of organising a tournament at a local arcade with no special entry requirements, nor the need of any official staff. You accumulate points with each match you win, and the player with the highest amount of points at the end of the tournament period is the winner. You can win "official points" this way, which can be used in the shop to buy stuff.
<span style='font-size: 17pt'>VF5 XBOX 360 Gone Gold and XBLM Demo</span>
The latest word is that Virtua Fighter 5 on XBOX 360 has gone gold, which means the game has been finalised and is ready for production.
What this essentially means is that the set of features that have been reported by various media sources is probably close to, if not the final, feature set. Hoping for a record option in Training seems to have been a lost cause!
In other news, a demo of Virtua Fighter 5 is now available for download on XBOX Live Marketplace. The download weighs in at just under 700 MB, and features 4 selectable characters (Akira, Sarah, Eileen, El Blaze) and 2 game modes (Arcade, Versus).
This is a great move to help increase exposure of the series, and introduce the game to new players.
<span style='font-size: 14pt'>SEGA Announces Online Multiplayer Functionality in Virtua Fighter 5 for Xbox 360</span>
A recent Sega of Europe press release revealed that the XBOX 360 version of VF5 will include online versus play, as well as many additional features not found in the PS3 version.