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.


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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