February 8, 2007 - One of the most accessible sports franchises ever made, Virtua Tennis provides a lot of accessibility for novice players while also hosting lots of depth for experienced fans. The series has also been known for giving gamers the opportunity to test their skills against the hottest athletes in the sport. The evolution of the franchise is about to be released in March, as Virtua Tennis 3 hits the PS3, Xbox 360 and PSP.
We sat down with Christopher Kaminski, producer of Virtua Tennis 3 to ask him what fans can expect from the latest game in the series. Will there be downloadable content? Are there any special features between the different versions? Will there be online play? We've got the answers to these questions and more.
IGN: Is the 1080p mode for the Xbox 360 version up-scaled or is it natively rendered at that resolution?
Christopher Kaminski: The 360 version will absolutely feature natively rendered graphics in 1080p. It's the real deal. We developed all the characters and environments at a very high level of detail specifically with these next generation platforms in mind.
IGN: Will there be any connection functionality between the PSP and PS3?
Christopher: Connection functionality is something we considered in the early planning stages of the game. Ultimately we chose to focus our efforts on maximizing the strengths of the individual platforms.
IGN: As an arcade series that hasn't evolved much in its previous games, what makes Virtua Tennis 3 a true next-generation game?
Christopher: The first thing you'll quickly notice is the impressive graphics. Not only do you have true 1080p resolution with increased details and textures, but there are also dynamic next-gen supported physics that make the courts, environments and players feel extremely lifelike. Check out the convincingly animated line judges and the realistic physics on the players' clothing. The physics are all very next-gen as well. It's something most people overlook in Virtua Tennis 3, which is the mark of success in my book. It makes everything from the matches to the mini games more enjoyable. The whole game just feels right because of it.
IGN: Will the PlayStation 3 version feature motion sensing controls?
Christopher: Yes, it most certainly will. We are excited about the opportunity to utilize the SIXAXIS feature in the PlayStation 3 version of the game. It's quite cool to play an entire match of tennis without ever pressing a single button on the controller!