Dead or Alive 5 support is ending; a special heartfelt message from Team Ninja

Not what was expected...

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • December 17, 2017 at 7:16 p.m. PST

The mood was pretty good leading up to the finale of the Dead or Alive 5 Battle Royale tournament held at NEC 18. We got word of there being an announcement after the finals so fans began to speculate the possibility of Dead or Alive 6...

Once they started playing the video, the mood started to shift. The announcement of a new title in the series was supposed to be a happy one, but this came across as bittersweet.

Unfortunately, it seems that support for Dead or Alive 5 would be ending, along with the developer-sponsored tournaments that came with it.

The developers have noted that while Dead or Alive 5 has finally come to an end, the Dead or Alive team is very active. They will be stopping their work on Dead or Alive in order to look into the future.

After personally thanking Big E and the other tournament staffers, it was revealed that they weren't going to be around for some time. This was also the final Battle Royale tournament for Dead or Alive.

You could really feel the passion and sadness from some of these developers. They've become not only programmers or artists for the game they worked on, but also players.

They've been fine tuning and adding more content for years. One of the developers even joked that the amount of DLC that they've created could be worthy of the Guinness Book of World Records.

While the team won't be around for quite some time, there are hints that they may return some day. They even said that they are looking forward to when that day comes.

Based on the somberness, however, I don't think we should get our hopes up for a new title in the series for quite some time. This looks to be an end of an era... at least for now (hopefully).

Still, the developers have encouraged the scene to continue to love and support the series. The developers are clearly very thankful to have engaged with the community. Tears and emotion were certainly proof of that at the end...

So it seems as though that while "I'm a fighter" logo that spread around that eventually evolved into an announcement for Dead or Alive 5 wasn't a promotion for the next game in the series. Instead, Team Ninja must've wanted to end things in a similar fashion in which it all began.

The attending developer had a little more to say on the matter. You'll have to check that part out on the Twitch video at the 08:23:30 mark.

Source: Bifuteki via Gatoray_.

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