Virtua Fighter's Akira confirmed in Dead or Alive 5

Crossover fighting craze continues as face of Sega's 3D fighting franchise to take on Team Ninja's entire roster this September on Xbox 360, PS3.


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As rumored, Dead or Alive and Virtua Fighter characters are going to come to blows. Tecmo today announced that its upcoming Dead or Alive 5 would feature the face of the Virtua Fighter franchise, Akira Yuki, as a playable character.


The news was first hinted at last month. In an interview with Edge last month, Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi said the Dead or Alive 5 developer would be interested in pursuing crossover opportunities along the lines of Street Fighter X Tekken, and then expressed his particular admiration for Sega's Virtua Fighter franchise.

Set for release in September on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Dead or Alive 5 is the first major installment in the series without Tomonobu Itagaki as head of developer Team Ninja. 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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