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Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is going free-to-play


3:00 PM on 06.04.2013
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Though it is a perfectly functional and fun fighting game, Dead or Alive 5 didn't exactly set the fighting game scene ablaze. It sold well enough at least, but Team Ninja plans to breathe new life into the game by making Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate a free-to-play title.

The set up would go a little something like this: series staples Ryu, Hayate, Kasumi, and Ayane will all be available in the base game, with all the other fighters available as AI opponents. Online play will be enabled for the basic version, as well as the offline training and tutorial modes. Additional modes and fighters would stay behind a pay wall, but Tecmo Koei will be offering trial periods for all purchasable fighters.

Currently this project is slated for a PS3 release, but Tecmo is in talks with Microsoft about getting it on Xbox 360. I don't know if this is exactly what will bring more people into DOA 5, but it is a nice effort on Tecmo's part to offer a substantial portion for free. The trial periods for paid fighters sounds like a particular nice foot forward. It's not a bad game by any stretch, but even as a free-to-play title, it's perhaps not what I want to be splitting into my time with Injustice. At the least, it is nice to see publishers experimenting with new ways to get their games out there.





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8:00 AM on 08.01.2014
It's probably hard to fight in a bath towel, but the Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate fighters do it anyway

As if there weren't already a ton of outfits available for Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate characters, here's yet another collection that may or may not be worth your money. If you like watching people fight in towels and bedroom a...more



11:30 PM on 06.04.2014
Female Tengu joins the cast of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate

After spending a good amount of time teasing, Team Ninja has announced Female Tengu for Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate. Sporting a pair of wings and a devilish demeanor, she reminds me of Devil Jin quite a bit. More than the desig...more



9:00 PM on 05.21.2014
Get down and dirty with 'Ultimate Training Gear' DLC costumes for Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate

Ever wanted to dress up your Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate fighters like cheerleaders or track team sweethearts? You probably want the Ultimate Training Gear DLC pack, rocking 12 different outfits, like "tacky cheerleader un...more



1:00 AM on 01.14.2014
New fighter joining Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate on consoles

Team NINJA's Yosuke Hayashi announced that there will be some updates coming to Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate soon. The arcade version will be receiving an update in late January, and it will include new costumes for the fighters....more



9:00 AM on 11.16.2013
Meet Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade's new Gothic Lolita

[Update: I've included a video showing off Marie in action, as well as screens, in the gallery below, of her alternate costume.] Tecmo's Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade's most recent trailer gives a small glim...more



11:00 PM on 10.15.2013
Dead or Alive 5 is charging $25 for these new costumes

How does Tecmo Koei celebrate Halloween? Or really, any day of the week? With skimpy outfits! Skimpy outfits that they hope you'll pay $24.99 for. Yes, you read that right. 28 costumes for $25. The "special" pack released to...more



5:00 PM on 09.30.2013
Impressions: Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate

"If at first you don't succeed..." is an interesting business model, especially considering that Dead or Alive 5 wasn't really a "failure," per se. However, try, try again Team Ninja did, and we are now treated to a third version of this particular entry in the franchise. When it all boils down to it, does Ultimate really make that big of a difference?more



8:35 AM on 08.25.2013
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate has 231 costumes

Ultimate? You want ultimate? How about 231 costumes in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate. Dead or Alive 5 had a measly 114 costumes, but Tecmo Koei says that the upcoming PS3 and Xbox 360 game will let you nab 231 costumes by doing ev...more



10:50 AM on 07.23.2013
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate gets 'Pop Idol' sets, new modes

Here's a fat update on Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, coming this September for Xbox 360 and PS3. First, a Pop Idol character costume set has the girls of DOA dressing up like music stars. Ayane and Kasumi go J-Pop, while Hitomi, ...more




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