Team Ninja Finally Says Goodbye to Dead or Alive 5, Looks Forward to Future of Series

After numerous iterations and a ridiculous amount of post-launch downloadable content, it seems like Team Ninja and publisher Koei Tecmo are finally saying goodbye to Dead or Alive 5 over five years since the first release for the game.

The news comes via the Battle Royal 2017 Grand Finals at this year’s NEC tournament in King of Prussia, where Team Ninja brand manager Yosuke Hayashi said development on the fifth entry in their fighting game franchise has come to an end.

Dead or Alive 5 game director Yohei Shimbori noted that they’re going to stop what they’re doing for now and look to the future, and hinted that we might not see them around for some time. However, Shimbori noted they’re looking forward to seeing their fans again someday.

The above video message includes blurbs from key staff involved with the franchise, as well as Dead or Alive 5.

Dead or Alive 5 has been re-released across a multitude of platforms including PC, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, as well as a multitude of versions including Plus, Ultimate, Last Round, and the free-to-play Last Round Core Fighters.

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  • Eldhin Hellknight

    Cannot wait for DOA6 and it’s PC version, with less features, lame controller support, and the same price as the console version.

  • buddyluv324

    I really hope for the next DOA title they drop the “I’m a Fighter” front and go back to being just DOA! Also they gotta drop the crapload of DLC and Season Passes

  • RichardGristle

    $1,262.30

    That is currently how much it costs to buy the full version of DOA 5 + its DLC.

  • RichardGristle

    Or at the bare minimum have just one goddamn pass that gets you everything for like $30.

  • sanic

    7 season passes? 8?

  • Part of me thinks they’ll never bundle every single piece of DLC into one package, even though it would probably not be a half-bad idea.

    Still, it was a fun game, and I look forward to more DoA stuff in the future.

  • Robot Maid

    At the very least, it’s all just costume or music DLC (with the except of like three or four characters) so it could’ve been loads worse.

  • Shinobu

    Just make the VR game where we can fuck Momiji already!

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    I think it was in EGM that I first read about the at the time new up and coming Dead or Alive fighting game. One thing I remember from that article is the writer telling us about independent jiggle physics. Which as far as I know was something really new then. Loved the term he used: “bounce factor”.

  • Xtreme 4. :>

  • Mr0303

    Well that was a non-announcement. They could eventually bundle the game and all the DLC into one package, but my guess is that this will likely be for the next generation.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    “hinted that ew might not see them around for some time”
    No shit; they gotta wait til the saggy, wrinkly looking granny tits engorge themselves with milk again after such an aggressive and long sustained milking.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Didn’t PC also get DLC that cost more too?

  • Dead Or Alive 6.

    “We cannot bring this game to the West due to different cultures”

  • VersVlees

    man that is like on the lower end of train simulator levels of DLC right there.

  • DizzyGear

    Ive read about the game in Sega Saturn Magazine.

    Back then people thought it was funny and laughed about it. How times have changed…

  • JohnnyCageFan2

    “So now that it’s done, you’ll be selling a complete edition with all of the DLC included?”
    “Who the fuck said we’ll do that?”

  • ZeDude

    Well that was a non-announcement. They could eventually bundle the game and all the DLC into one package, but my guess is that this will likely be for the next generation.

  • JohnnyCageFan2

    Where you had to buy the entire pack and not just an individual character’s outfit.

  • thunk

    “But our goal isn’t censorship! It’s only to have a discussion!”

    Pfft… Yeah, a discussion that leads to a widespread belief that everyone in the west shares the same opinion as an offended vocal minority.

    And what discussion do they wish to have? Hell, any time someone provides a counter-argument to their arguments, that person is immediately dubbed a bigot. They don’t want a discussion; they just want to spew one-sided rhetoric.

  • Zeus

    Where you had to buy the entire pack and not just an individual character’s outfit.

  • Matthew Hartley

    Damn right to this.

    I think I had more fun with DOA Dimensions than I did 5, even if 5 has literally the best roster.

  • Matz

    One of the reasons why I hate the game, also the fact that the newest content is available only for the PS4/Xbone Editions, I bought the “Ultimate” edition that upgrades to Last Round via Free Update and then I found that I couldn’t play with Mai Shiranui