Dead or Alive 5 Sells 1.5 Million Worldwide, F2P Downloads Over 3.5 Million

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It’s not a secret that Dead or Alive 5 has gotten a lot of different re-releases, post-launch content, and even a free-to-play version, but we’ve gotten word of the series’ newest milestone.

We’ve learned (via NeoGAF) that worldwide sales for all versions of Dead or Alive 5 have reached 1.5 million units. The game originally launched on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2012, only to be re-released as Dead or Alive 5 Plus, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, and finally Dead or Alive 5 Last Round.

The free-to-play version is known as Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters, and that launched alongside the release of Last Round. The more interesting figure is easily that Core Fighters downloads have reached 3.5 million worldwide – although we don’t have figures if those users upgraded to the full version.

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  1. Matt McCoy
    Matt McCoy
    June 28, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    When did Honoka-chan get that bikini? What DLC is that!? :O

  2. BeholdMyPower
    June 28, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Sure they’ve made a killing off of DLC costumes too. Now when the hell is DOAX3?!

  3. Cred
    June 28, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    honoka da bess

  4. Cred
    June 28, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    It’s about time they make a new DOAX

  5. Cred
    June 28, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    For such an old game on so many systems with so many revisions I would have expected the numbers to be bigger but they must be making a lot of money from the large library of DLC outfits for the girls, constantly updated with new content, all at a premium price
    it’s an odd business model

    also our unreliable but always interesting friend steamspy says the PC version is responsible for about 50,000 of those, above the average Steam game sale of 32k and a good number of sales for a game that shipped with worse specs than the PS4 version and no online

    related to that, another mediocre Tecmo Koei game is making a lot of buzz on the steam community right now, check the forums for toukiden kiwami
    the game went from top 4 seller with good reviews to beyond the100’s sellers and a low 60% of positive reviews in a flash
    there was a sudden surge of people buying the game putting bad reviews and then refunding, a totalbiscuit critic of the game for having 30fps locked to the gameplay and all around drama

  6. Reyhip
    June 28, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    If there is one thing Koei Tecmo knows, its how to milk their audiences wallet… With skimpy outfit cosplay. I know from experience…

  7. Nonscpo
    June 28, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Considering how many times it’s been re-released 1.5 million seems a bit low, but then again perhaps its because of how many times it’s been released that it’s only over a million.

  8. Jack Ripper
    Jack Ripper
    June 28, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Milking by re-releasing the same game ala Super Hyper Mega edition etc.

  9. Jack Ripper
    Jack Ripper
    June 28, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I miss the days when DOA used to move a million on just the first release.

    Maybe nickel and diming your fanbase with costume DLCs and going back on promises like saying not releasing paid DLC characters and then doing a complete 180 is why it sold like shit overall.

  10. RetroGamer
    June 28, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    I was thinking the exact same thing. IIRC Dead or Alive 3 sold that much or more on the original xbox, which did not have a huge user base.

  11. Jack Ripper
    Jack Ripper
    June 28, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    It’s not just Toukiden Kiwami. All their Steam releases are complete shit.

    I wouldn’t touch a Tecmo Koei PC game with a 10 inch pole. If other Japanese developers like Bamco, Konami, and Sega can fucking do it right, there’s no reason for this crap developer to not do the same.

  12. Cred
    June 29, 2015 at 12:47 am

    yeah you’re right, all their games tend to get a lot of heat but this time it was interesting seeing how the steam refunds took it to a ne wlevel

  13. Cred
    June 29, 2015 at 12:48 am

    they lost itagaki, they changed the artstyle and tried to downplay the silliness fans liked and they adopted a very abusive business model that depends on hunting for whales that will buy all the DLC

    not surprising if it’s selling less

  14. landlock
    June 29, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Bet they made a tidy sum on the DLC as well though.

  15. landlock
    June 29, 2015 at 2:19 am

    They learnt from watching Capcom.

  16. landlock
    June 29, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Even worst it’s £49.99 on Steam. It was a budget release on the PS4/PSV.

  17. Matt McCoy
    Matt McCoy
    June 29, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Marie Rose takes the crown. Her or Hitomi-chan~

  18. John Doe
    John Doe
    June 29, 2015 at 3:47 am

    I’m waiting until the PC version is actually HD, actually uses my hardware, and due to bullshit, is less than $30 before I bite.

  19. chizwoz
    June 29, 2015 at 5:19 am

    Puts it at 2nd in the series! Not bad

  20. RetroGamer
    June 29, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    I hope so. If that’s what it takes to keep the series profitable and relevant, I’ll not hold it against them.

  21. Steven Sanchez
    Steven Sanchez
    June 29, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Well, I haven’t agreed with everything TN has been doing as of late. I am glad they still care about DOA enough to produce new content for it. My hope for the next game would be DOAX3. Seeing is how they see how much profit is available through DLC, I would hope that’s their next move.