Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is out now and it is the third version of the fighting game. Siliconera asked director Yohei Shimbori what he wants to do next with the series and how he plans to use next generation hardware.
"The Dead or Alive series has always been known for its graphics. It’s going to be important to improve upon that for next-gen. Online functionality is another feature, a chance to improve that and community activities would be another area we will focus on if we move into next generation consoles," said Shimbori.
"It’s going to be a balancing act to keep with the core players and trying to work on bringing in new players. At the moment, Dead or Alive has a low entry level that allows new players enter quite easily. One of the areas we enhanced was the tutorial mode and added the combo challenge mode. Both of these were made for entry level players to learn the basic moves, combos, and how to play the game," Shimbori added.
Team Ninja also hopes to pull in new players with Dead or Alive 5 Core Fighters, a free-to-play version of Dead or Alive 5 available for PlayStation 3.