Dead or Alive Returns To Japanese Arcades After A 13-Year Absence

By Ishaan . July 7, 2013 . 2:00pm

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is headed to Japanese arcades, Tecmo Koei have announced.


This marks the return of Dead or Alive to arcades with a new game after an absence of 13 years, since neither Dead or Alive 3 nor Dead or Alive 4 were given an arcade release.


The arcade version will run on Sega’s ALL.Net P-ras MULTI Ver. 2 platform. Tecmo Koei haven’t announced a release date for the arcade version of the game yet.

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  • JustThisOne
  • Nero

    The last DOA I remember seeing in my local arcades, was DOA2.

  • d19xx

    I don’t see this doing well.

    They have left Tekken unchallenged for years. I do see some occasional players wanting to try it, but competitive players who frequent arcades will probably go back to Tekken since that’s where the competition is.

    • $7573679

      They are very different games though. DoA is far more complex/different at the higher levels with their triangle hold system. It is like comparing soccer with ice hockey.

      • Carabutifarra

        More complex than TTT2? HAHAHAHA, this is good.
        What’s the next, Mortal Kombat is a good fighting game?

        • Heavenly_King

          MK9 is a great fighting game. sure it is not as deep and complex as other fighters around; but it is still really great; and most importantly fun.

          Also, I love the story mode of MK.

          • Carabutifarra

            Mortal Kombat is a great game, Mortal Kombat is not a good fighting game.

        • popyea

          He means more complex than low level DoA.

      • d19xx

        Exactly why adaptation could be weak for this game. Unless they have been gaming on console DOA games. Learning an entirely new 3D fighter will be too overwhelming for most people.

        Tekken has been an arcade mainstay and has let people adapt to its system slowly for years.

    • Brion Valkerion

      I doubt they are thinking of it as going against Tekken. TTT2 has the arcade fighting scene on lock down, no one is stupid enough to attempt to put out a game to rival its success, rather than it be popular on its own in some freak turn of events.

      I mean who in their right mind would try to rival Tekken Tag 2, when they STILL play commercials for the arcade version on prime time tv in Japan. Game came out years ago and still gets mass media air time.

      • Tee Niitris

        I’ll chime in and say that Arc System Works practically owns arcades today. P4A was the most played game in arcades at one point, they’ve made quite a hefty amount with BlazBlue over the past 5 years, and Guilty Gear still gets play despite it’s age.

        Tag 2 does get a lot of play (and rightfully so), but one game alone can’t quite match up to ArcSys’ stable…

        I could see DoA5 being more popular in arcades than people believe.

        • Sakurazaki

          With the new GG coming out, I can only see good things for ArcSys fighters.

    • TheExile285

      Why can’t they just play both?

    • Repede91

      I was under the impression VF ruled the 3D fighter scene in Japan. I always thought Tekken was more of a Western thing.

      I`d actually say that Tekken is my least favorite 3D fighting franchise.

  • Bob Obb

    Weird move, I’ve never heard of a fighting game getting an arcade release AFTER the console version (PS3 comes early Sept, AC comes Winter)

    • Christopher Nunes

      Soul Calibur 3 actually comes to mind as it was released as a console first then arcade second.

      • Muffum

        Didn’t the arcade version of that come with significant balance changes and character additions, though? And was later ported back to consoles? That’s like comparing Super Street Fighter IV and SSFIV Arcade Edition.

        • doubleO7

          SC3 did get an enhanced arcade release, but it sadly never got ported back to consoles. It didn’t include new characters (they actually removed one of the bosses from the playable roster), but they did rework 3 bonus characters from the console version that were just clones to give them more unique fighting styles, as well as the usual balancing changes and fixing glitches.

  • To wait until this version doesn’t make sense

    • TheExile285

      How? This is the definitive version of the game.

  • TheExile285

    Can we get these in America?

    I never see fighters in arcades anymore ;_;

    • AkuLord3

      Fighters in Arcades? I haven’t even SEEN any Arcades FOR A LONG TIME ;w; especially went many closing down these days…oh Japan…what good things you have

      • TheExile285

        Last time I saw one was a Tekken game…. and that was like 6-7 year ago

      • Damn where u guys live?

        Here in Seattle we have GameWorks + every mall has an Arcade at least.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Do remember how much trouble someone at MS caused by thinking that what happens in Seattle is the same as everywhere else. :P In all of Northern California you can basically count on one hand the number of classic arcades remaining. And that includes the Bay Area with all its tech hotspots.

        • Doctor Nebula

          The arcades were pretty okay in Vegas considering a lot of the casinos had one and then there was this one that had all different types of imports like Pop n’ Music and Beatmania. Chicago on the other hand..nope.

      • Sakurazaki

        Even Japan has some closing down.

        Nothing like here though, where it’s pretty much near-dead.

        Luckily, I do have a couple arcades nearby my home, though, but that’s just me.

      • David García Abril

        I don’t know about America, but here in Europe they ARE dead. I think only very few cities still have them, and still most of those have VERY old games…

      • SilentMC

        Really is the state of arcades really that bad in the rest of the world?

        I mean I thought arcades were considered dead here in Australia, but there are still plenty of fighters in arcades (at least SSFIV AE) and people do regularly play there daily

  • They do plan to distribute these near condom dispensers… right?
    As legitimate a fighting game it is, you cannot dent how well fleshed out the characters are ._. Zack, you lucky Teletubby you…


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