According to SankeiBiz news article, it was revealed on October 14th and published in an "integrated report" by Sega Sammy Holdings, that the cumulative sales of the Virtua Fighter series is over 18 million units.
The free download of Ultimate Showdown for the first two months to PS+ subscribers greatly impacted the cumulate sales number. 10 million plus downloaded the game. Therefore, Sega plans to support the series by holding prize-based competitions. This was mentioned by Seiji Aoki at the end of the Challenge Cup Finals as something he would like to add in the future.
The 10 year gap between VF5FS and VF5US makes the Virtua Fighter series lagging far behind other fighting game series. For comparison, the Tekken" series cumulative sales is over 50 million units.
The article is written from a business point of view, but it made an interesting remark at the end of the article (Google Translate): "Since Virtua Fighter has a high level of existing players in Japan and it is difficult for new players to gather, it seems that the key to approaching competition is whether or not it is possible to acquire new players from overseas through global tournament management."
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