While Toaru Majutsu no VIRTUAL-ON represented something of a rebirth for the series on consoles, for some core players, the release was missing something: a proper twin-stick controller.
Now, it seems that that may change. Tanita has announced that they are considering releasing a twin-stick controller specifically for Toaru Majutsu no VIRTUAL-ON.
— TANITA ツインスティック・プロジェクト (@t_twinstick) February 15, 2018
The so called “Twin-Stick Project” aims to create a PlayStation 4 controller that mimics the original twin-stick setup from the original VIRTUAL-ON arcade machines. The new twin-sticks are said to be able to work in 8 directions, instead of the 4 of the originals. Additionally, Tanita says that they want to make the stick’s internals as easy to customize and repair as possible.
Originally a manufacturer of “health machines”, the Twin-Stick Project is Tanita’s first foray into the world of video game accessories. As part of this, Sega themselves will be assisting them with the creation of the twin-stick, should production actually commence.