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"I'm a Fighter"
—Official tagline


Dead or Alive 5 (デッド・オア・アライブ・ファイブ, Deddo oa Araibu Faibu) will be the fifth main versus-fighting installment in the Dead or Alive series. It will be the first main title of the series to be released, following on from Dead or Alive 4 in 2005, and the twelfth game in the overall series.

Dead or Alive 5 is being produced by Team Ninja and will be published by Tecmo Koei for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.[1] Announced on September 14, 2011, a 2012 worldwide simultaneous release has been planned[2]; a Winter 2012 date has been suggested, but not comfirmed.[3]

On December 7th, 2011, it was announced in a preview article by Famitsu magazine that Dead or Alive 5 was "15% complete."[4]

Development

Early Release Rumors

For about half a decade, Dead or Alive 5 has had an uneasy conception, and the possibility of the game even being released seemed very unlikely at some points.

In 2006, after the release of Dead or Alive 4, series creator Tomonobu Itagaki stated in an interview with 1UP.com that he had the first concepts for Dead or Alive 5 in mind.[5] However, two years later, in an interview with CVG, Itagaki was asked about the Dead or Alive series and replied: "This is another area that me and my closest colleagues all agree that we were able to achieve the definitive fighting game with "Dead or Alive 4". So we're not looking to extend the series at this point."[6]

Even if he did have Dead or Alive 5 in the planning stages, Itagaki had sued Tecmo and resigned from the company in 2008, along with several other colleagues, stating that this would lead to the end of production for Dead or Alive 5 and its series. However, Tecmo replied with the announcement that Team Ninja would not be dissolved upon Itagaki's departure, stating that both the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive franchises would remain in production, and "some projects were already underway."

Two years after Itagaki's departure from the company, Team Ninja produced Dead or Alive Paradise in 2010, and Dead or Alive: Dimensions in May 2011.

In April 2011, the current head of Team Ninja, Yosuke Hayashi told Eurogamer that after Dead or Alive: Dimensions received "positive feedback and responses from consumers" there was definitely a future for the series. When the publisher asked "Will Dead or Alive 5 appear on home consoles, including the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360?", Hayashi replied that Team Ninja "will take that into consideration", hinting that Dead or Alive 5 or another Dead or Alive game could be devoloped in the future.[7] To back up the possibility of a sequel, the story of Dimensions finished on a cliffhanger scene, showing Victor Donovan putting on Genra's mask before fading to black.

Official Annoucement

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The promotional image shown at Tokyo Game Show 2011.

On September 9th, 2011, Team Ninja announced on their official Twitter feed that they would be appearing at the Tokyo Game Show 2011, for the playable debut of Ninja Gaiden 3 , as well as to showcase a new game. [8]

On September 14, 2011, Team Ninja revealed Dead or Alive 5 during a pre-TGS press event, and showed media personnel a brief gameplay demonstration, featuring Hayate and Ryu Hayabusa, and a promotional image showing the lower half of a female fighter's face, with the text "I'm a Fighter" superimposed over the image. The woman in the image is believed to be Kasumi.

During the demo, Team Ninja was quoted saying that the stages in Dead or Alive 5 will no longer be "sidekicks" to the action, but critical parts of the competitive experience, with the whole game revolving around the theme "fighting entertainment." At the time of the annoucment, the game was only at "pre-alpha" stages of development.[9]

Shortly after its reveal, an official website for Dead or Alive 5 was opened.[10]

"Make Your Move!" Contest

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"Make Your Move!" contest logo

On October 28, 2011, Team Ninja announced a contest via their official Dead or Alive Facebook page. The contest invited anyone to create and submit examples of their own fighting move, and from those entered, one or possibly more would be picked and be worked into the final version of Dead or Alive 5. The creators of the moves will also have their name in the credits.

The contest ended November 18, 2011, although the application form for entry was still active for a few days afterwards. It's unknown when Team Ninja will publish the names of the winners.[11][12]

It's been reported that over 500 enteries had been submited for the competition, and as of the San Fransisco press event, two enteries have been picked to be placed into the game.[13]

Pre-Release

In December 7th, 2011, it was announced in a preview article by Famitsu magazine that Dead or Alive 5 was "15% complete".[14]

On the same day, Team Ninja held a press-only event in San Francisco to talk about their up-coming games, including Dead or Alive 5, with a playable demo of the game to be made avaliable for media staff to try out.[15] During the event, gameplay elements including infomation about "Power Moves" were given, and Ayane and Hitomi were confirmed as returning playable characters.[16]

In a interview with GamesBeat, published on December 9, 2011, Yosuke Hayashi talked about using additional downloadable content "as a way to add more stuff and increase the longevity of the title, if we’re adding stuff later we think that [...] fans will enjoy", hinting at the possibly of DLC for Dead or Alive 5 for after the game is released.[17]

Playable Demo Release

On December 15, 2011, it was announced that an alpha demo version of Dead or Alive 5 will be included in special editions of Ninja Gaiden 3, which will be released March 22, 2012. The demo is different depending on which edition you buy: the Limited Editions will only feature two playable characters - Ayane and Hayate on the PlayStation 3 version, and Hitomi and Ryu on the Xbox 360 version. The Collection Edition has all four characters on both consoles, but will cost 13,440 yen (roughly $170 US). It's unknown if a free demo will be released for Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, as it was the case with previous Dead or Alive titles.[18]

Fake PlayStation Move Annoucement

Due to a misunderstanding, or a mistranslation, false rumors got out that the PlayStation 3 version of Dead or Alive 5 would support the console's motion control system, the PlayStation Move. However, there is no official evidence showing that the game being made could be for Move.

Famitsu, a Japanese gaming publication, quoted the following Yousuke Hayashi and Team Ninja's views of motion control consoles: "Hayashi said that Move is good for 'giving the players the feeling that they are Ryu Hayabusa.' With Kinect, on the other hand, Team Ninja 'felt that it's difficult to give the feeling of swinging a katana.'"

While the quote was obviously about Ninja Gaiden 3, Andriasang, who are known for publishing English translations of Japanese gaming articles, stated it was about Dead or Alive 5 instead. IGN followed up the story with an article of their own, and N4G soon followed. However, since then, Andriasang and IGN have taken down their articles on the subject.[19]

Gameplay

Controls Overview

It has been said that the controls for Dead or Alive 5 feel, and play very similarly to previous Dead or Alive titles, so if you’ve been good at the series in the past, Dead or Alive 5 shouldn’t be very difficult to pick up. Mid-kicks and Mid-punches can be advanced held, which is being called "Expert Hold". The Expert Hold looks to be standard for all characters, and looks like it balances with the somewhat easier 3 point hold.[20] The sidestepping system in the game is apparently similar to that in Dead or Alive 3.1.[21]

Like in Dead or Alive: Dimensions, hit effects will be included so the player can tell if a strike hits high, mid or low by the direction of the effect.[22][23]

Power Blows

Another new gameplay feature is the "Power Blow", or "Power Move". By holding the right trigger button, a unique attack can be charged up that will unleash a slow-motion cinematic combo that ends by allowing the player to “aim” where they would like to launch their opponent, including Danger Zones.[24]

At the San Fransisco press event it was revealed that Power Blows initiated a cinematic event where the attacking player could influence where the move would hit while the defending player could react in a way to lessen damage. [25] It was later revealed in Team Ninja's twitter that Power blows would be un-holdable except by Expert Holds.[26]

Interactive Stages

So far, Team Ninja has spoken about two new assists that will appear in the game. Firstly, the stages will not only act as visual backdrops to accompany the fight but also play to a fighter’s strengths. As a fight progresses, the backdrop will change and interact with players, giving them a different challenge. Changes to the stages will happen as scripted events, and be triggered by player actions, such as one of the fighters being thrown against a "Danger Zone."

There will be a new type of "Danger Zone" called a Cliffhanger. As opposed to simply falling when you get knocked down near empty footing, (e.g. over the edge of a cliff) the opponent has minimal time to recover.

Improvements

Improved Graphical Detail

Character models have been greatly improved in comparison to previous Dead or Alive titles. The overall designs seen so far have shown to be moving away from the previous anime-like style, with unrealistic proportions such as very large eyes, and now character designs in Dead or Alive 5 look very simular to those in current Ninja Gaiden titles, with a more realistic look.

GamesRadar pointed out a notable change on new character models; that the female characters are bearing more modest bust sizes and the "breast physics", which make the girls' breasts move and bounce, have been toned down. Formerly, most of the women in the series were sexualized to the point of ridiculousness - specially in the Dead or Alive Xtreme sub-series - however, the preview images of Ayane and Hitomi have shown the girls may have smaller breasts, and they are wearing new clothing that are less revealing compared to their old costumes, although it's still unknown how they are going to be treated on the final version of the game.[27]

All character models will also visibily "sweat" as they fight. The more energy they put into a fight, the more sweat will appear. This cosmetic design is meant to make players feel more involved in the action, and give the fighters on screen a grittier, more realistic design that adds a new layer of depth to the series.[28] During the San Francisco press event, it also showed fighters becoming dirty during the course of the fight, with mud and dust covering their clothing and skin.[29]

Characters

In a interview with the gaming blog Siliconera, published on November 25, 2011, Yosuke Hayashi has confirmed that new characters will be added to the fighter roster for Dead or Alive 5, and that the design for existing characters will also be updated.[30]

Confirmed Characters

  • Jann Lee
  • Brad Wong
  • Tengu
  • Leifang
  • Leon
  • Bayman
  • Kasumi
  • Ein
  • Helena
  • Zack
  • Eliot
  • Lisa
  • Tina
  • Bass
  • Ninja Jann Lee
  • Omega/Genra
  • Ayane
  • Hayate
  • Hitomi
  • Ryu Hayabusa

Possible Characters

Preview Gallery

Promotional Screenshots

Trailers

TGS 2011 Debut Trailer (1st Public Trailer) TGS 2011 Full Trailer (2nd Public Trailer)

Also See

Trivia

  • Dead or Alive 5 will be the first Dead or Alive game for the PlayStation 3, and the first title for a Sony home console since Dead or Alive 2, which was released on the PlayStation 2 in 2000. Dead or Alive 5 will also be the fourth game in the series for a Sony platform, following the 2010 title Dead or Alive Paradise for the PlayStation Portable.

External Links

Referenes

  1. IGN - TGS: Dead or Alive 5 Announced
  2. Andriasang - "Dead or Alive 5 Planned For Worldwide Simultaneous Release"
  3. Tecmo Koei Europe LTD. - Dead or Alive 5 product page
  4. Andriasang - "Dead or Alive 5 is 15% Complete"
  5. 1UP.com - "Itagaki Confirms Dead or Alive 5"
  6. CVG - Tomonobu Itagaki Interview
  7. Eurogamer - "Team Ninja teases Dead or Alive 5"
  8. IGN - Andriasang: Team Ninja Planning Announcement for Tokyo Game Show
  9. IGN - TGS: Dead or Alive 5 Announced
  10. Official website
  11. Facebook - Dead or Alive Game: Make Your Move!
  12. Dead or Alive World - TN Announces "Design Your Own Fighting Move" Contest
  13. Dead or Alive EU - "Dead Or Alive EU Showcase: Chin On Team Ninja's Press Event!! (Exclusive)"
  14. Andriasang - "Dead or Alive 5 is 15% Complete"
  15. Tecmo Koei Players - "Team Ninja Press only event! DOA5 Playable on Dec. 7th!!!"
  16. Dead or Alive World - "Dead or Alive 5 Update"
  17. GamesBeat - "Team Ninja studio head talks DLC costumes and Tekken vs. Dead or Alive", page 2
  18. Dead or Alive World - "DOA5 Alpha Playable Demo"
  19. Dead or Alive World - FAKE : DOA5 will support Playstation Move on the PS3
  20. Dead or Alive World - "Dead or Alive 5 Update"
  21. Shoryuken - "Dead or Alive 5 News: 3.1 Style Sidesteps, Moves Going Through Holds, Winter 2012 Release Window"
  22. Dead or Alive World - 2 new gameplay elements
  23. Dead or Alive World - Cliffhanger
  24. GamesBeat - "Team Ninja studio head talks DLC costumes and Tekken vs. Dead or Alive", page 1
  25. FreeStepDodge - "Does Dimensions Tell us much about DoA5 gameplay? DOA5 Press Event!
  26. Shoryuken - "Dead or Alive 5 News: 3.1 Style Sidesteps, Moves Going Through Holds, Winter 2012 Release Window"
  27. Gamesradar - "Dead or Alive 5 - first hands-on preview with playable Ayane and Hitomi"
  28. ZoKnowsGaming.com - Dead Or Alive 5 Currently In Development, Coming 2012
  29. Dead or Alive World - "Dead or Alive 5 Update"
  30. Siliconera - Team Ninja Leader Discusses Dead Or Alive 5 And Ninja Gaiden Sigma Vita


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Main series Dead or AliveDead or Alive 2Dead or Alive 3Dead or Alive 4Dead or Alive 5Dead or Alive 6
Spin-offs and related titles Dead or Alive++DOA2: HardcoreDead or Alive UltimateDead or Alive OnlineGirls of DOA BlackJackDead or Alive DimensionsDead or Alive 5+Dead or Alive 5 UltimateDead or Alive 5 Last Round
Dead or Alive Xtreme sub‑series Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach VolleyballDead or Alive Xtreme 2Dead or Alive ParadiseDead or Alive Xtreme 3Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus VacationDead or Alive Xtreme 3 Scarlet
Canceled games Dead or Alive: Code ChronosProject Progressive
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Playable characters Main cast KasumiZackRyu HayabusaBaymanLeifangGen FuTina ArmstrongJann LeeBass Armstrong/Mr. StrongAyaneHelena DouglasLeonEinHayateHitomiBrad WongChristieLa Mariposa/Lisa HamiltonKokoroEliotRigMilaMomijiRachelMarie RosePhase 4NyotenguHonokaTamakiDiegoNiCO
Secondary Kasumi αShidenFalse Kasumi
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Xtreme only MisakiLunaFionaNagisaKannaMonicaSayuri
Guest characters SPARTAN-458RioAkira YukiSarah BryantPai ChanJacky BryantNaotora IiMai ShiranuiKula Diamond
Non-playable characters Main series Alicia ArmstrongAnastasiaAnneAyameBuraiChenFame DouglasGoldieHitomi's fatherIrene LewIsabellaKuramasan MaousonLaurenMariaMei LinMiyakoMuramasaNikiVictor Donovan
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Plot subjects DOATECDead or Alive World Combat ChampionshipMugen Tenshin clanNinpoNukenin (missing shinobi)Project AlphaProject EpsilonShinobiTengu
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Gameplay terms AttacksAttack ChangeBoss BattlesCharacter SelectCliffhangerComboCounter BlowCritical HitDanger ZoneHoldsKnocked OutMatchMove DataPower BlowSide SteppingSpecial MovesStagesStancesTag ThrowsThrowsTriangle System
Plot subjects DOATECDead or Alive World Combat ChampionshipDIGFreedom SurvivorMISTMugen Tenshin clanProject AlphaProject EpsilonRunaway shinobiShinobi
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Non-playable locations Freedom SurvivorJohnny's DinerTaylor's Bar
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Dead or Alive 5 SoundtrackVol.2
Stage themes "Accelerator" • "Alpha-152" • "Beginning to the End" • "Can't Stop This Feeling" • "Cascade" • "Dimensions Training" • "Fire Alarm" • "Gotta Move On" • "Graceful Sounds" • "Happy Funny Crazy" • "I Feel For You" • "Into the Abyss" • "Liberation" • "Light the Fuse" • "Like a Dragon" • "Knock You Down" • "Mist Knows" • "Niug-Nep Place" • "Oblivion" • "Polluted Air" • "Primitive Rhythm" • "Rapids" • "Scream" • "The Secret of Kung-Fu" • "Skyscraper" • "Tedious Days" • "Tiger's Family" • "Tradition"
Story Mode tracks "B-boy No "B" Remix" • "Cheerful Buddhist Priest" • "Collapse" • "Desperate Situation" • "False Fate" • "I'm a Fighter" • "Knifepoint" • "let's get it" • "Mentor" • "Monster" • "Moonlit Lady" • "Omen" • "Purity" • "Serpent Dance" • "Shade" • "The Storied Journey of the Boy and the Drunk" • "Successor" • "Superstar" • "Tribal Beats" • "Trip" • "The Way is Known ~DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Main Theme~" • "Vigaku" • "The Wind is Howling" • "Zany Zapper"
Other tracks "An Invisible Shadow" • "Dimensions Training" • "Link" • "Repetition" • "Showdown" • "Urges" • "Wired"
Character themes (5+ only) "Alpha-152" • "Drunk Wolf" • "Fang" • "Flowerbed" • "Hunter's Moon" • "I Feel For You" • "Machinations" • "Mentor" • "Moonlit Lady" • "Purity" • "The Roar of the Crowd" • "Russian Roulette" • "Serpent Dance" • "Shade" • "Solitary Desperation" • "Steel Horse Rider" • "Successor" • "Tribal Beats" • "Turn On The Lights" • "The Wind is Howling" • "Zany Zapper"
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