Team NINJA, developers of the upcoming PS Vita port, Dead or Alive 5 Plus, have recently confirmed that the game will feature a new ‘Touch’ Mode, which will allow players to play the game using touch-screen controls, a feature that is similar to that seen in Street Fighter x Tekken.
According to Team NINJA the “Touch Fight” mode, which is newly created for Dead or Alive 5 Plus, lets players attack opponents with simple taps or swipes of the touchscreen, offering a second fighting mode alongside traditional button-based control. In this mode, combat is shown from a first-person perspective to put players in the middle of the action for the most intuitive Dead or Alive (DOA) fighting experience. Players can also hold the PS Vita horizontally for a full widescreen view of the interactive battle stage, or vertically to enjoy a close-up view of the opposing character, as Team NINJA Explains:
A range of attacks will be made available via touch and swipe, and landing a five-hit combo will trigger a Critical Burst, leaving an opponent open for even more punishment. Characters will react based on where they are touched or attacked, combining the realistic feel of a first-person view with full player control. Swiping in different directions unleashes different moves. For instance, swipe upward to launch your opponent flying into the air, opening up the opportunity to perform an air combo. Pinching the touchscreen will result in a hold if your opponent is striking or a throw if your opponent is guarding, standing, or executing a hold. When a throw or Power Blow is executed, the screen perspective changes to a cinematic view so players can enjoy watching their character dish out the punishment.
In addition to the ‘Touch Fight’ mode, Team NINJA has also revealed a more in-depth tutorial and training option for the game, whereby players can pratice their moves until perfection, ideal for the die hard Dead or Alive fan.
To help players master the intense martial arts techniques available in DEAD OR ALIVE 5 PLUS, the game includes several new training modes. In “Free Training” mode, players can choose exactly which moves and combos they want to practice. Serious fighters can to take their skills to the next level by isolating their weak points and drilling them to perfection. In “Command Training”, players practice the moves of each character until they become second nature, advancing to the next move only after they master the previous one—but if they get stuck they can watch move demos to help master it. “Tutorial” mode gives players a solid grounding from basic moves to advanced combos and fighting strategy, with both lesson and mission segments to learn and then test the moves in action. Finally, “Combo Challenge” allows players to select a character they truly want to master and then practice that character’s key moves and combos until they can be summoned instinctively without hesitation.
Dead or Alive 5 Plus will be released exclusively onto the PS Vita in Europe during March 2013.