Today we found out that not only will the Virtua Tennis 4 demo be PS3 only, we found out there will in fact be two of them. One will be the regular demo that drops on April 13th and the other will be a 3D and Move demo that comes later. In the demo you will have a chance to get introduced to Virtua Tennis 4’s new World Tour career mode, they got rid of the rather stale calendar-based career mode and replaced with this new and according to them more fun version. The team says that they got rid of the calendar style because fan feedback indicated that after the first season it just got repetitive (it did).
The new World Tour mode is much shorter and your career runs over four seasons, each taking place in a different area of the world culminating in a major tournament, firstly in Australia, then France, then England and finally the USA. There will be many different paths you can take to get to this major tournament so no two careers will ever be the same, but everyone will need to train, play tournaments and work on boosting your star rating by signing autographs and attending charity events. The part about signing autographs and attending charity events is a little over the top. Apparently the key to making it work this year will be balancing your success playing in tournaments while still working on improving your profile away from the court so you have enough overall clout to get invited to the biggest tournaments. During the demo you will be able to play through almost 1/3 of your first season, which will involve designing your character, entering a few tournaments and boosting your profile. Now we know some of you are like but why go through all that and then have to do it over when the game comes out? The answer is you won’t, you will be able to continue your career if you buy Virtua Tennis 4, so in essence it acts as a way of getting your career started before the game is out. Check out the trailer below to find out more about the new World Tour mode and let us know what you think.
Virtua Tennis 4 hits stores May 10th.