Dead or Alive could get crossover fighter

Team Ninja head says the studio would be interested in dropping the gloves with a fellow fighting franchise, singles out Virtua Fighter as most respected rival series.

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Dead or Alive and Virtua Fighter could be the next fighting game franchises on a crossover collision course.

Dead or Alive is spoiling for a fight.
Dead or Alive is spoiling for a fight.

Speaking with Edge, Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi said the Dead or Alive 5 developer would be interested in pursuing crossover opportunities along the lines of next month's Street Fighter X Tekken, and then expressed his particular admiration for Sega's Virtua Fighter franchise.

"In terms of collaboration titles, there are staff on our team who just love fighting games and if there was any chance to do that we'd actively, possibly do that," Hayashi said, adding, "The first 3D game I played was Virtua Fighter, that's the IP I respect most. Virtua Fighter was the father of 3D gaming, so it's very well respected."

Hayashi also discussed a change in how Team Ninja treats its female characters. Once known as much for scant garb and outsized anatomy as fighting fundamentals, the new Dead or Alive will apparently take a more respectful approach to women.

"Up to now we thought, with other games, let's show the beauty of a woman," Hayashi told the site. "How do we do that? Make her breasts big and just make them jiggle, that was the concept."

Dead or Alive 5 is set for release later this year. A demo of the fighting game is being offered as a preorder bonus for Team Ninja's other new title, Ninja Gaiden III, which is set for release March 20.

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