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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Core Fighters Worldwide Downloads Top 5 Million

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Previously, we reported on Team Ninja’s free-to-play Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Core Fighters breaking 4 million downloads, in August of this year.

Now, the game has surpassed 5 million downloads worldwide, news coming via developer Team Ninja.

This is a stark contrast to previous reports of Team Ninja giving up on officially localizing the latest in the franchise, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, when we know the series is clearly popular around the world.

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36 comments
  1. TsukuyomiMagi99
    TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 10, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Uh guys at Koei. THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD TRUST YOUR FANBASE OVER IDEOLOGUES SO RELEASE DOAX3 HERE! Thank for your time

    Signed

    A perverted fan

  2. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    December 10, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Honestly the reason the whole DoAX3 debacle annoys me isn’t the game itself not coming over but the sheer hypocrisy of acting like it’s going too far when when something like Dead or Alive 5, which while more of an actual “game” depending on who you ask is just as bad about being loaded with cheesecake, is totally fine.

    Either way glad to hear Core Fighters is doing well.

  3. tccboss
    tccboss
    December 10, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Yeah 5 mil isn’t alot. You don’t want that dumb bimbo Kasumi anymore.

  4. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    December 10, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Yeah!
    And the most unbelievable part? It’s totally free. You should download
    it to your Playstation right now. I mean, come. On. If it’s free, why wouldn’t
    you?

    Joking aside, Fighting games for some reason don’t seem to have a problem with the F2P model compared to other genres (mecha games for example).

  5. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    December 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    5 million for a game like DoA would be amazing if it were retail copies. Still 5 million on a F2P version is good and even if the customers don’t spend a cent you still gain brand awareness and stop your rivals from profiting since gamers are busier playing your game rather than spending money on theirs.

  6. deadeye
    deadeye
    December 10, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    It’s why I think their statement of why we’re not getting DoAX3 is complete bull.

  7. Jack Ripper
    Jack Ripper
    December 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Me 2.

  8. Jack Ripper
    Jack Ripper
    December 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Yeah it’s hypocrisy at its best. The regular fighting game already has the girls half naked half the time along with the extravagant amount of DLC that caters to specific fetish (we got cheerleader, maids, bunny girls, school girl costumes, nurses, idols, race girls, etc.) along with bikini costume packs #too fucking many. Not to mention the Paradise (*cough*gravure*cough*) video sets.

    Then suddenly DoAX3 is now too lewd for the US. I mean c’mon Koei Tecmo…

  9. Jack0
    Jack0
    December 10, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    But this game was free. I love the regular DOA games but DOAX wasn’t gonna sell well here. They only used that BS statement because it was something to latch onto.

  10. Jack0
    Jack0
    December 10, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    For the last time they just aren’t releasing it because the other 2 games didn’t sell well at all, I mean not even more than like 5000 copies sold lol. If they knew they could make money off of it you really think they’d care?

  11. Jack0
    Jack0
    December 10, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Well DOA5 released before all of this went down, so you can’t really call them hypocrites until the DOA6 game comes out. They could change their policy overall on all DOA games.

    Core fighters doing well is good, but its also free to download… Not really amazing until they give numbers on how much the game made by selling characters for that game.

  12. TsukuyomiMagi99
    TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 10, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    As much as I hate relying on VGCHARTZ for my information. The first two games in the DOAX series sold best in the United States representing 52 percent of their total sales. So cutting off the majority of your profit for a less accessible route via importing makes no sense. Also game series like Atelier sell less and yet they are brought over here. So yeah while I think Koei is being a bunch of pussies it doesn’t mean I don’t understand their position.

    Also when Koei sees all this it’s not hard for me to believe the Team Ninja Community Manager. Especially when Koei hasn’t come forward with a better explanation.

  13. TsukuyomiMagi99
    TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 10, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    As much as I hate relying on VGCHARTZ for my information. The first two games in the DOAX series sold best in the United States representing 52 percent of their total sales. So cutting off the majority of your profit for a less accessible route via importing makes no sense. Also game series like Atelier sell less and yet they are brought over here. So yeah while I think Koei is being a bunch of pussies it doesn’t mean I don’t understand their position.

    Also when Koei sees all this it’s not hard for me to believe the Team Ninja Community Manager. Especially when Koei hasn’t come forward with a better explanation.

    http://www.vgchartz.com/game/482/dead-or-alive-xtreme-beach-volleyball/

    http://www.vgchartz.com/game/481/dead-or-alive-xtreme-2/

  14. Truck
    Truck
    December 10, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Well, it is free. Who doesn’t love free tits and ass?

  15. TsukuyomiMagi99
    TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Anita and her bitch Johnny boy apparently.

  16. Jack Ripper
    Jack Ripper
    December 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    The only reason the last two Dead or Alive games (Ultimate and Last Round) didn’t sell well as the vanilla is because they were going for the every year Street Fighter update re-release market tactics. Lot of people don’t like re-releases.

    DOAX3 is going to be a new iteration of DOAX series. I can’t confirm how well it will sell, but it will sell shit better than their last DOA games.

  17. epy
    epy
    December 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    5 million misogynists. The horror!

  18. Jack0
    Jack0
    December 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I wasn’t talking about the DOA5 games, the other one’s after the initial first game did ok. I’m talking about the other 2 DOAX games which doesn’t do well at all. Sex sells, but you can get that with the regular series and since only doa fans are gonna be the one’s mainly buying it you’re just gonna get less of those.

  19. Jack0
    Jack0
    December 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Well it sold best in the west(lol) because japan doesn’t like microsoft. Its the only reason it sold better but sales were still poor and doax2 sold worst than the first game.

    That said even if you were a fan of that series if you take a look at this game it doesn’t have anything but like 8-9 characters and that’s silly. They don’t have tina,helena,christie or well any older women except tengu. I wouldn’t buy this game even if it was released here.

  20. TsukuyomiMagi99
    TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 10, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I would. But that’s just because my favorite characters (excluding Helena) are in the game lol.

  21. Tyrone Jackson
    Tyrone Jackson
    December 10, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    DOAX2 has globally sold 250,000 units on 360…

    It’s free money. The engine is already there, they just have to make minigames and costumes.

  22. dsadsada
    dsadsada
    December 10, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    So what have you to say about games like Atelier selling worse but still coming over just fine? And Atelier games aren’t even as easily milkable with DLC as something like DOA is so they’re making less money on that front as well.

    Saying that it wouldn’t sell well/there’s too little demand is also far less controversial and more easily understandable. I mean that’s basically the accepted reason why Ciel Nosurge wasn’t localized when its sequel, Ar Nosurge, was and that game’s basically a visual novel.

    Even then, they teased fans by saying they could do it if there was enough demand. There wasn’t. Heck they’re even doing that with the Vita version of Knights of Azure despite previously announcing that there was no plans to localize the Vita version. But they’re not even trying that with DOAX3.

  23. Lester Paredes
    Lester Paredes
    December 10, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Uhhh… that correlation is rather flawed. One game is a nuanced fighting game. The other is a kinda pervy, girl watching simulator. One genre does much better in the west than the other. Especially since one of those has a pretty healthy online/tournament scene… Also: Please don’t take ‘pervy girl watching simulator’ as an insult, as I am importing the PS Vita version of the game. I know what I like and I know what DOA Extreme 3 is. Let’s not sugarcoat it.

  24. Jack0
    Jack0
    December 11, 2015 at 2:41 am

    That’s because atelier games have to be released or the gust side of things wouldn’t be making any profit. Besides not all atelier games sale bad, escha and lodgy was one of their best sellers. At the same time atelier fanbase gives them consistent sales and they make a profit from them.

    The DOA fanbase as a whole doesn’t really care for DOAX because one its not fighting and its main theme is volleyball. Maybe had it been tennis or something I would have gotten it.

  25. Jack0
    Jack0
    December 11, 2015 at 2:42 am

    I’m not a misogynists, nor or a lot of people that buy the games. Stop the assumptions.

  26. Jack0
    Jack0
    December 11, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Yes, globally after it bombed and the game was like 20 bucks. That’s not a good thing to be proud of.

  27. dsadsada
    dsadsada
    December 11, 2015 at 3:40 am

    They don’t “have” to release anything if they think it won’t sell. I don’t suppose you know about their Ruby Party development branch? None of their games came over because they know that there isn’t a market for those in the west. The previous volleyball games made enough of a profit in the west, and they were released on the Xbox where most of the fanbase who would be interested in that sort of game were more likely to be found on the Playstation line.

    And it doesn’t address the fact that Koei has asked fans if they actually wanted a game they hadn’t planned on bringing over to gauge interest for games that were either too obscure (Ciel) or were on a platform with a small install base (Knights) whereas they’ve flat out stated that they won’t even bother with DOAX3 from the onset of its initial announcement despite it being from a comparatively much higher profile series with large potential for DLC cashgrab and already having it translated to English.

  28. Zero Beat
    Zero Beat
    December 11, 2015 at 4:11 am

    The joke.
    Your head.

  29. Jack0
    Jack0
    December 11, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    They didn’t make enough profit, that’s why they weren’t making any more games in the series after the 2nd game. The other games have the benefit of being New IP and all companies have to try releasing new games.

    NIS was in charge of the atelier games and they were selling ok for that company before the buy out so things still work the same way even when they are with tecmo-koei. Also as I said to someone else they only used that BS reasoning because it works for DOAX volleyball and it sells really bad. So they just latched on to that SJW bandwagon because it keeps them from saying sales is the reason its not coming to the west.

    Seriously if they knew they could make money off the game they would release it. Like you say they are releasing that knights game and it has sexualization, but its a new I.P and they have to try those.

  30. Jack0
    Jack0
    December 11, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I thought jokes were supposed to be funny? If so I’m glad it went over my head.

  31. dsadsada
    dsadsada
    December 11, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    And yet they’re making one now, on a system where the people who would be interested in it would be playing on. And there were plenty of people who owned the Xbox 360 jump ship after the botched reveal for the XBOne. Those people who bought DOAX2 would likely still buy the next game, as well as new people who couldn’t buy the previous one from not owning an Xbox before. There is a clear market for hyper-sexualized games and it couldn’t be more apparent now compared to back then. Marvelous and Idea Factory prove this.

    Atelier games have their fanbase, as small as it is. So of course it only makes sense to sell those. It does not however make sense to sell something in the west when it’s prequel which is entirely relevant to explaining half the plot wasn’t localized which is the case for Ar Nosurge. And they released that game twice, on the PS3 and later on the Vita. High profits aren’t as important to Koei as brand awareness as you seem to think. This very article proves that since they also release F2P versions of their games, including their main cash cow Dynasty Warriors series.

    Bad sales of previous titles preventing a game from being localized is nothing embarrassing and has been documented as the reason for other games not coming over. If low sales was the problem, they would have simply said so. Valkyria Chronicles 3 didn’t come specifically for that reason. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/valkyria-chronicles-iii-not-coming-to-us-and-europe/1100-6339405/ And yet they made an English script for DOAX3 anyway for some reason. They’re not entirely discounting their western fans otherwise they would have just made a Chinese language release for the Asian version. And I’m Asian so I know what kind of games usually get released here. We had to separate the Chinese releases to their own section since they were clogging up PSN for the rest of us.

    You miss the point for Knights of Azure. The fact that it has sexualization is entirely irrelevant. The relevance is in the profits gained which they were not expecting much on for the Vita version, hence why they previously announced a PS4 only release. You also missed the fact that despite them believing that there would be poor sales for the Vita version, they still decided to gauge if there was enough demand for it, just as they did with Ciel Nosurge. But, and you ignored once again, they flat out denied a western release for DOAX3 as far back as its initial announcement and aren’t even trying to gauge fan interest for a western release despite already having an English script.

  32. EroBotan
    EroBotan
    December 14, 2015 at 12:44 am

    he’s saying that because he’s an SJW doing his damage control round lol

  33. EroBotan
    EroBotan
    December 14, 2015 at 12:45 am

    dude, don’t be too hard on him. Remember, SJW can’t handle a joke!

  34. EroBotan
    EroBotan
    December 14, 2015 at 12:48 am

    this jack0 dude is posting all over the place in this article & all of his post saying the same SJW bullshit agenda (the game dont sell).

    keep this in mind when replying to him aka “don’t take him seriously lol”

  35. EroBotan
    EroBotan
    December 14, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Hi Jack0! Doing your SJW patrol routine :3 ?