Team NINJA Reveals New Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Details, Including New Stages, Fighters and Outfits

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Japanese game developers Team NINJA have today revealed new details and features surrouding the upcoming ‘ultimate’ edition of Dead or Alive 5.

To start off with two new characters will be introduced to the game and will be joining the previous strong line-up of playable fighters, one of which hasn’t appeared in a Dead or Alive game since the Dreamcast & PS2 Classic, Dead or Alive 2. The new characters are of course Jacky Bryant, from the Virtua Fighter franchise, and Ein from Dead or Alive 2.

Jacky Bryant, known as Blue Flash in indie racing circles, is the fourth fighter to crossover from the VIRTUA FIGHTER universe. Older brother to Sarah Bryant, Jacky has resolved to take down the mysterious organization J6 who has targeted Sarah. Entering a new type of battle, Jacky will collect information to prepare for the inevitable showdown with J6. Skilled in the art of Jeet Kune Do, Jacky brings his own style to the arena with mercilessly fast chains and combos forcing opponents to stay on the defensive.

Ein, Known as “The Iron Fist with a Lost Past”, Ein was discovered deep within the Black Forest of Germany without any memory of his past. Saved by a karate master, he eventually learned his true identity as Hayate, Kasumi’s brother, and of his kidnapping by DOATEC for the purpose of human research for “Project Epsilon”. However, whether his memory has fully returned is questionable. Ein is a well-rounded fighter ideal for fighters new to DOA whose deadly karate punches send opponents flying into walls and Danger Zones.

In addition to these characters two new dynamic fighting arenas have been added to the game, yet again further expanding the universe of Dead or Alive 5 in terms of choice and replay value.

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The Stages are called Lost World and Forest, with each offering a unqiue background for the upcoming fight.

Lost World: In “Lost World”, high above the clouds a battle rages atop a steep vertical stone cliff against a backdrop of distant waterfalls. Fighters must take extra caution in the deceptively serene stage riddled with hazardous areas of narrow footing and massive stone pillars that result in extra damage when thrown against.

Forest: The second stage “Forest” takes fighters into the fall season in a dense forest replete with the beautiful hues of autumn foliage. Battling along a single road that gets increasing steep as it approaches the mountains, players will use elevation to gain a strategic advantage on their opponent.

Finally, to finish off, Team Ninja have also implemented more unlockable costumes and styles for the characters, such as Hitomi sporting a new hairstyle with her new denim jacket and jeans outfit while Kasumi’s new blue cardigan stands out against the red, orange and yellow tones of the “Forest” stage.

Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate is currently in development from Team NINJA, but it will be released within Europe by Tecmo Koei onto the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 later this year.