Dead Or Alive 6 Will Get Free-To-Play Version Post-Launch

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Dead or Alive 6 director Yohei Shimbori has announced that the upcoming fighting game will have a free-to-play version that only includes the "core fighters." This additional version of the game was previously hinted at after a posting for "Dead or Alive 6 Core Fighters" appeared on the Microsoft Store, before quickly being taken down.

"First of all, about the listing on the Microsoft Store, that was a mistake from the development team," Shimbori said in an interview with Siliconera. "We do have plans to make a free-to-play version, but we haven’t announced when it will be available. We can promise it will be out post-launch of the full game. We can’t talk about it yet since we don't have concrete details about what will be included yet. But, it will be similar to what we had with Dead or Alive 5: Core Fighters."

Dead or Alive 5: Core Fighters is a free version of the fifth DoA mainline game. It only gives you four playable fighters, with the option to unlock a few costumes. It was followed by two other versions of Dead or Alive 5, a complete collection of the main game and all DLC called Ultimate and a HD remaster called Last Round.

Team Ninja hopes that Dead or Alive 6 can be a point of transition for the fighting game series. The developer wants the game to be an esports contender, and also get more people to jump into the franchise. To help with the latter goal, new fighting mechanics have been added to the game to streamline combos and counters for less experienced players. Team Ninja is also trying to tone down on the sexual fan service present throughout the franchise, and deliver a more compelling narrative in the single-player campaign.

Dead or Alive 6 was originally scheduled for release on February 15--alongside half a dozen other games--before being delayed to March 1. The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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Avatar image for Jag-T1000

I need an arcade mode with a boss and ending for each character. It's the only way I'll buy this game.

Avatar image for doublem-k

Free to play version is great! Like DOA5 Last Round.

Avatar image for PrpleTrtleBuBum

who buys the costumes if 90% of them arent bikinis and cheerleading outfits?

they really need to up the ante with the halloween etc suits to make up for the losses

Avatar image for Yams1980

heh. i love how they are "toning" down the sexy sloots. nice move guys, way to kill hype and hurt your sales.

Avatar image for uninspiredcup

You tell a mile away with will get £1000 of dlc.

Avatar image for NaturallyEvil

I believe this it what is commonly called a "demo" by people who aren't hoping you're dumb enough to think you're getting something more.

Avatar image for PrpleTrtleBuBum

@NaturallyEvil: considering doa5 only locked out story and most fighters its a lot more than a demo. the story sucks anyway and if you happened to like the ninja types you could do infinite amounts of online matches, survival, co-op tag team and other stuff fullpriced mortal kombat and tekken only dream about

ofc i expect doa6 to be a worse deal. with doa5 they had already gained most profits before bringing f2p version

Avatar image for Kyrylo

looks like it's should be renamed into DoA: Dead on Arrival edition.

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@Kyrylo: Don't be such a party pooper and give them a chance

Avatar image for Kyrylo

@angrycreep: nah. I dunno if they wanted to make cast more interesting, but I simply not a fan of a franchise, and this new game doesn't make anything for me to become one. And with how he managed to get in trouble with older fanbase, chances it won't flop are slim.

Avatar image for EricShadow366

If they're even thinking of doing over $1000 of DLC consisting of f**king costumes then!

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@EricShadow366: Worked for Capcom... everyone will do it now.

Avatar image for hollywoodj

@EricShadow366: No one is twisting your arm to buy the costumes as you unlock enough costumes by completing story mode. The base costumes are "sexy" and cool enough to begin with. Don't fault Tecmo for providing variety up the ying yang for it's fan base. I buy some of the costumes, but obviously not all the costumes as some don't suit my tastes. None of the costumes provide gear enhancements like in Injustice as there is no gear system in DOA.

Avatar image for jamesbr27

Dead Or Alive 5 had Core Fighters, it is free even today still.

Avatar image for REDShadowG

And then buy the game and then spend 400$ to buy all the DLC they'll release for it, in true Tecmo Koei fashion. The only reason why I don't buy Warriors games anymore. Terrible publisher.

Avatar image for Marky360

Well mind as well skip buying this game and just get the free version.

Avatar image for hollywoodj

@Marky360: Sadly you could as a life long fan of Tecmo I would recommend gamers on the fence just get the DOA 6 free version as DOA 5 has more than enough in the free version to satisfy your curiosity. I wish Tecmo would do a simple demo as the beefed up free version hurts sales.