Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Freemium Pack Headed West; Xbox 360 Version Possible

By Ishaan . June 3, 2013 . 5:40pm

Yesterday, Team Ninja revealed that a freemium version of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will be released in Japan on the PlayStation 3. Today, they’ve shared that this version of the game is also headed to the West.


Titled Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters, the free game will be available on the PlayStation Store from September 3rd in the U.S. and September 9th in Europe. Like in Japan, the Core Fighters pack will include four playable characters—Kasumi, Ayane, Ryu Hayabuse, and Hayate.


All four will be selectacle in every mode, except for Story Mode, which will be a separate purchase. Using the free version, you’ll even be able to play multiplayer matches against both other Core Fighters players, as well as those that own the full version of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate.


Once you’ve got the free version, you’ll be able to buy characters individually for $3.99 each.  Story Mode will cost another $14.99. Those prices are for North America. Prices for Europe have not yet been decided. You can find more info on the U.S. version here and the European version here.


Team Ninja also mention that, while the game is currently only planned for PlayStation 3, fans should “check back for updates about a possible Xbox 360 version”.


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  • Did some math…it would be cheaper for me to just get DOA5U.

    • Ty Austin

      I think that’s the point. There really isn’t any incentive to purchase the full version when you could just download it piece by piece. People who decide to drop the full price get rewarded.

      Still… I can’t help but feel they’re using this news to cover up the fact that this edition will most likely be a full priced game. As a fan, I’ll definitely be buying the full game, but come on Team Ninja… Take it from Capcom, only charge $40 instead of $60.

    • Slayven19

      That’s the point I would guess. Lets say that I didn’t want any of the other fighters and I never invited anyone over my house I’d be alright. If I wanted to buy 2 or 3 more characters It would still be cheaper than buying the full game.

      • Yea, I get that and it makes sense. I don’t even want the majority of the characters just some of my favorite fighters + solo mode would be close enough to the full price that I would be better off just paying the extra $10 for everything.

        • Slayven19

          I guess that’s one way to look at it as well.

    • Xerain

      I think something like this should be viewed as the Evolution of the Demo. Players can try the game out and have real matches using the core characters without paying anything. From there they can decide if they’re willing to buy the full version.

      However, the DLC provides an a middle ground between buying the full game or not. Perhaps you only have one favorite character, aren’t interested in story mode, and just want to play matches? Well you can do that for $4. Perhaps you’re interested in story mode, but only care about the core fighters? You can do that for $15.

      Perhaps you really like DoA, but can’t afford to buy it right now? Buying the DLC to flesh out the game over time is an option. It costs more in the long run, but you can compensate by leaving out characters and features you don’t use. Generally if you buy something and pay in installments it costs more than buying something out right, so the higher price for having bought everything separately over time instead of at once can be seen in that light.

  • Pfantzypantz

    Beautiful news

  • Guest

    This is the weirdest game release I ever seen, they are selling you the game in parts.

    • Slayven19

      You do know that there’s an actual disc release alongside this right?

  • Good- no Jahn Lee in my game. Sold!

  • DarthSithZero

    This marks the beginning of the Freemium console games era and the end of many wallets.

  • Alestaos

    So any word on when the game is actually releasing in europe. I know i need to get the vita one, but ultimate sounds like a better buy than the original and dlc. This tho being released 3 times now is alot like MvC3

  • As someone who mostly plays fighters casually at social gatherings, this seems potentially like a pretty sweet deal. Wouldn’t mind seeing more fighting games experiment with this kind of F2P model.

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  • Slayven19

    I don’t think they thought this through to well because of used
    game sales. I mean its good for us but they have everything to lose. What happens when the game becomes 30 dollars? Will they just take away the freemium game because the disc would without a doubt be the better option. That said I’m buying the disc day 1 because I want to play it and support tecmo.

  • Herok♞

    Well I only play a few characers but I rather just have the whole thing.

  • Vesperion

    And this my friends is how free to play games make that $$$

  • Nitraion

    I usually play as Helena and lei fang….
    Well i play as kasumi too… well this give me a chance to build up my wallet to buy full version…

  • KingGunblader

    Dead or Alive is one of those fighting series I never got into as much as Tekken, Versus or Smash Bros. But I freaking LOVE Virtua Fighter, so I don’t mind downloading the game and then buying Pai. She’s the only character I’d use, probably.

  • Bloodios

    …I read that as Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Freemum Pack and fried my brain for a second there…

  • Tee Niitris

    I’ve heard a number of people who don’t like DoA or don’t play it who approve of this decision and/or wanting to give it a shot because of it’s inexpensive entry point.

    I wasn’t going to getting Ultimate (I was disappointed with the original), but now that I can pay for the characters I want (Hitomi and a couple of the VF characters) with little else, now I can give the (enhanced) game another chance without having to pay another hefty amount, while spending more if it’s worth it.

    EDIT: Whoops, thought I was commenting on Gematsu… wow.

  • $7573679

    I’m so looking forward to this game!

  • Bob Obb

    $4 per character probably means $60 for full game… A re-release that doesn’t even include DLC

  • Skode

    I already own DOA5 and literally only really main two of the playable roster… as such i can see the merit and value for money in having all the modes for free for those who already own the original (story excluded which again i dont care about because i played it through already).

    Only thing im not happy about with this model is the new characters will be priced unlocks, they are the ones i would like to try and if i wanted to pay for the extra characters then i would rather have just done so already… as dlc for DOA5 vanilla version.

  • artemisthemp

    23 x $3.99 = $91.77
    $91.77 + $14.99 = $106.76

    So presuming the Retail copy is $60… $46.76 more for Freemium ppl

  • wahyudil

    I want a disc for wii U

  • TheExile285

    Ayane huh? Well, I’ll download it before I buy.

    Pretty sure I will be buying it at somepoint though.

  • malek86

    It has Kasumi so that’s pretty much all I need. Although Brad Wong would be pretty cool too.

    I assume this could be good advertising for the full game, but still, they risk people just getting this free version with one character, and not caring about the rest. I guess online matches will be full of ninjutsu users…

  • JMaster3000

    Hey people, The 360 version is coming to Europe.

    That’s all what i wanted to say xD

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