3 Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Games Get PS4 Ports
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Kenji Matsubara, president and COO of Sega Games Co., Ltd., announced on a live streaming program on scale maker Tanita's YouTube channel on Thursday that three titles in the Virtual-On game series will get ports for PlayStation 4. Ports of the Cyber Troopers Virtual-On, Cyber Troopers Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangram M.S.B.S. Ver. 5.66, and Cyber Troopers: Virtual-On Force games will be available in Japan through the PlayStation Store. The company will announce release dates and pricing in the future.
Tanita also launched a Campfire crowdfunding campaign to fund production of a Twin-Stick controller for the A Certain Magical Virtual-On game on PS4. The game is a collaboration between Kazuma Kamachi's A Certain Magical Index light novel series and Sega's Virtual-On video game franchise. In addition to the franchise's most recent game, the new peripheral will be compatible with the newly announced PS4 port games.
After launching on Thursday, the crowdfunding campaign surpassed its initial goal of 44.6 million yen (about US$398,000) in less than one day. As of press time, the campaign has raised 45,793,267 yen (about US$408,000). Backers of the crowdfunding campaign will receive the 1,000 Twin-Stick controllers currently planned for production. Each Twin-Stick costs 44,600 yen (about US$398), and the peripherals are slated to ship in November 2019.
Tanita first announced its Twin-Stick project on February 15, the same day A Certain Magical Virtual-On shipped in Japan. The company held a separate crowdfunding campaign from June 8 to July 30, but the campaign failed to reach its goal. After deciding to limit the production run, Tanita launched the new crowdfunding campaign with its goal determined by the cost of 1,000 units. The initial goal of the current crowdfunding campaign is about half the goal of the previous campaign.
HORI released its own Cyber Troopers Virtual-On controller in 2012.
The Cyber Troopers Virtual-On game launched for arcades in Japan in 1996, followed by a Saturn release in 1996 and a PC release in 1997. The Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram game launched for arcades in 1998, followed by Dreamcast in 1999 and Xbox 360 in 2009. The Cyber Troopers: Virtual-On Force game launched for arcades in 2001, followed by Xbox 360 in 2010.