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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Brandon Orselli


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