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Dead or Alive 6's Season Pass and update road map revealed; Mai Shiranui scheduled for June release

Dead or Alive 6 is just a few days away from its official release on consoles after a successful Deluxe Demo, and now we have a better understanding of what's going to be coming to the fighting game over the next few months.

Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo recently held a live stream where the teams where they laid out their current plans for DLC and free updates for Dead or Alive 6 for the first three months after its release.

A Season Pass for DOA6 will become available beginning March 1 when the game launches and will come with multiple sets of costumes and the post-release DLC fighters of SNK's Mai Shiranui plus a currently unknown King of Fighters character, who are both scheduled to become available in June 2019.

New costumes for NiCO, Nyotengu and the upcoming DLC characters will also be included alongside the previously announced wedding-themed outfits and two general sets scheduled to release between March and June.

Lobby matches are currently in development and planned to be released after launch in March as a free update while new character introductions and victory scenes are also being worked on for the future updates as well.

No pricing details have been announced for the first Season Pass' as of yet. Dead or Alive 6 will be launching on March 1 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with a PC release to come in the future. You can take a look full update and DLC road map for the fighting game below.

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Dead or Alive 6's cut scene visuals are absolutely top tier, check out 20 minutes of story mode footage right here

The fighting game community has spent the majority of their recent Dead or Alive 6 discussions talking about the now infamous "core values" EVO Japan incident, but regardless of how you feel on that matter, you have to admit the game looks absolutely brilliant.

Modern times have seen quite the critiques from fans on fighting games in general as King of Fighters 14 was put through the ringer after its initial presentation, some of Street Fighter 5's character designs continue to haunt it to this day, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's failure was partially due to reactions to character faces, and Jump Force's cut scenes have been getting torn apart.

Dead or Alive 6 has not been without controversy, (namely for its trademark overt sexualization) but at least the issue here concerns content instead of execution.

Most of us will have to wait for the game's March 1st release date, but GameSpot has come out with a video sharing the first 20 minutes of DOA6's story mode footage with us.

We would expect about as much from a franchise that has long boasted visuals as a key part of its identity, and are happy to be able to report that the developers at Team Ninja knocked it out of the park this time around.

Here are a handful of screen shots from various scenes, and you'll find the full video after the jump below.

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Winter Brawl 3D Edition results

This weekend saw a Big E event taking place in Philadelphia, with the latest edition of Winter Brawl.

Unfortunately, this tournament managed to fly under our radar which is why there was no initial stream post.

Thankfully, the results are easily accesible in today's age of online brackets and streaming, so even if you missed it, you can catch up with what happened.

This was an event featuring mainly Soul Calibur 6, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

There was also a pre-release tournament for Dead or Alive 6 at the event, in anticipation of that title's near release.

Streaming was done at Bifuteki and Funky P, so you can find the archives there. Event results will follow below.

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Wi-Fi warriors beware: Dead or Alive 6 allows players to see and select what type of connections they play against online

Bad Wi-Fi players are the bane of fighting game players around the world thanks to their spottier connections due to poor environments and inherent weaknesses of networks. They are largely blamed for spikes in lag, bad latency and unwanted disconnects partially because wireless connections cannot send and receive data at the same time.

Dead or Alive 6's Deluxe Demo will be coming to a close later today for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users, but until it does players can get a taste of what the full game will look and feel like with all 24 characters available to try out.

Going through online ranked matches are the focus again like the previous beta which brings front and center one of the nicest quality of life options for its ranked suite. Dead or Alive 6 will tell you if your opponent is playing on Wi-Fi or a wired connection.

Once you're in the game and find an online match either through the search function or while practicing your techniques, DOA6 will tell you it found an opponent and take you to a new screen. It does not let you see the opposition's name, but it does show how the game rates their connection to you with bars along with icons to tell you what type of network they are allegedly using.

The curved connection bars let you now that your opponent is on Wi-Fi, as the icon typically represents while the straight bars represent a LAN connection. The new Dead or Alive game even gives you 10 seconds to back out of the match if you are not satisfied with the reported connection.

Koei Tecmo has even officially commented on the move confirming the differences in connection icons and the fact that users have the chance to leave if they don't like what they see without punishment.

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Dead or Alive 6 Deluxe Demo has about 8 frames of input lag on PlayStation 4 says DisplayLag

Dead or Alive 6 Deluxe Demo is currently available for free on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Those who download it can try out 24 of the game's playable characters, numerous stages, and a variety of different modes including training.

While fans are getting an early taste of Dead or Alive 6's story mode, its various training options, and are jumping online for ranked bouts ahead of the game's March 1st release date, people like Adeel Soomro over at DisplayLag have been digging into the more technical things — such as input lag.

Known for being well-versed in the world of all things lag in technology, DisplayLag has tested numerous fighting games over the years to see how long it takes for the game to respond when a player hits a button. Now that the Dead or Alive 6 Deluxe Demo is in the hands of the public, Adeel has gone in for input lag tests, and the results aren't too good.

Soomro reports that the Dead or Alive 6 Deluxe Demo has approximately 8.0 frames of input lag on PlayStation 4 Slim. The lag was tested on four different consoles — PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X — and the Slim produced the highest amount of input delay.

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Dead or Alive 6 appears to censor Break Blows involving its younger characters like Marie Rose

Every character featured in Dead or Alive 6 is listed as being over 18 years old, but some would argue that a select number of the female fighters may actually appear younger with Marie Rose, Honoka and newcomer NiCO.

The developers behind the game appear to be saying they don't entirely disagree with that notion considering they seem to have modified a certain in-game mechanic when it involves one of those three ladies.

Dead or Alive 6 added the new Break Gauge System which allows players to either land powerful strikes with Break Blows or flashy counters with Break Holds against their opponents.

Landing a Break Blow in DOA6 is meant to emphasize impact — and can destroy costume pieces like Christie's bra, as the camera will zoom in on a fighter's head as they're getting punched or kicked where we can see blood and sweat shoot out while their face contorts... except when it reportedly involves the three aforementioned characters.

If Marie Rose, Honoka or NiCO are hit by a Break Blow that would lead to them getting punched or kicked in the face, the camera will not zoom in or show the extra details and instead show a different angle of the attack.

There are also a number of Break Blows that strike the opponent's chest in which case the camera also doesn't zoom in as closely, but Ibukithememe has uploaded some screenshots so you can see how Mila's attack changes depending on if she's hitting Helena or Marie. Famitsu also compiled every Break Blow in Dead or Alive 6 which you can check out after the jump.

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Here are the sexy, awesome, and classic Dead or Alive 6 costumes you can view in the Deluxe Demo

The Dead or Alive 6 Deluxe Demo is currently live and many players are getting their first DOA6 experiences under their belts right this minute.

The content is flowing in as fans of the series explore and discover as much as they can in the demo, and BloodBurger1 has posted a video showing all the available costumes for each fighter as they appear on the character select screen.

The characters included are Ayane, Bass, Bayman, Brad, Christie, Diego, Eliot, Hayabusa, Hayate, Helena, Hitomi, Honoka, Jann Lee, Kasumi, Kokoro, Leifang, La Mariposa, Mila, NiCO, Raidou, Rig, Tina and Zack.

The distribution in terms of costume volume is a bit lopsided, but consistent as each female fighter has 15 costumes while each male fighter has just six.

Dead or Alive 6 has found itself in a few headlines as of late, mainly due to the rather lewd game showcase at EVO Japan. Regardless of any opinions of the content itself, the execution of the game's visuals is undeniably good.

We've rounded up six of the costumes we feel most accurately represent our fundamental principles here on EventHubs. You can see them in the gallery here, and can see all costumes in the video after the jump.

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Dead or Alive 6 Deluxe Demo now live, features 24 playable characters

Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja have put out an impressive demo today for their upcoming 3D fighting title, Dead or Alive 6. Entitled the "Dead or Alive 6 Deluxe Demo," the amount of content included here for fans to try out ahead of the game's March 1st release date certainly lives up to the deluxe name.

In order to access this demo, you'll need to be either a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live subscriber on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, respectively.

While a standard fighting game demo might come equipped with only online play, the DOA6 Deluxe Demo features several different modes for you to dive into. You'll be able to get a taste of the story, jump into training for Free Training, Tutorial, Command Training, and Combo Challenge, and also play online in ranked matches.

On top of that, players will be able to take 24 of the game's playable characters into battle. Among the pack, you'll find such fighters as Kasumi, Hayate, Zack, Tina, Christie, Bass, and even newcomer Diego.

You'll also be able to fight on a handful of different stages, and though Nyotengu and Phase 4 can be seen on the character select screen, you won't be able to access them just yet.

Dead or Alive 6 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 1st. Be sure to try out the free Deluxe Demo before that, as it is only available for a limited time.

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Why do we find it so cool to hate on Street Fighter 5? Plus EVO's 'core values' incident, Bayonetta X Mortal Kombat and more

There have been no shortage of intriguing topics in fighting game news this week, and we're rip roaring down the list in our latest episode of the EventHubs Podcast.

Our main topic deals with the seemingly odd, but ever so common stance of hate toward Street Fighter 5 from players who continue to play it on the regular.

We'd be remiss if we didn't bring up Team Ninja's presentation at EVO Japan this last weekend, which was cut short after a good 20 minutes or so of Dead or Alive 6 showcasing with a rather lewd approach.

Mr. Wizard's follow up on social media was met with laughter by the community, and we're pretty sure we won't be seeing DOA6 at EVO this year.

That brings us to the upcoming EVO 2019 line up reveal that will be taking place next Tuesday. With as many fighting game titles as are on the market right now, it might be harder than ever to pick just seven or eight for the main stage.

We talk about which games are likely in and out and why, and also get to commentary on SF5 characters used at EVO Japan, the prospect of Bayonetta in Mortal Kombat 11 and more.

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New Dead or Alive 6 gameplay sees a female fighter lose her bra in battle

Dead or Alive 6 is just over a week away from its official release though it appears as though a number of players and other people in the community already have their hands on a copy of the upcoming fighter.

East London Fighters recently held their own pre-release tournament for Dead or Alive 6 with multiple hours worth of matches of what we should expect of the game and its various... features.

Player Ultima Ivanov used the returning favorite fighter Christie throughout the tournament, and Quest GamingTV noticed something interesting happen to her costume on a few occasions during his matches.

Christie's bra breaks off as part of her costume destruction after taking some hard hits which leaves her chest quite open.

Clothing destruction came to Dead or Alive 5: Last Round as part of a Senran Kagura crossover DLC pack, and Team Ninja decided to bring it back for DOA6 while fleshing it out a bit more.

The game's director, Yohei Shimbori, told Wccftech at E3 last year that he "wants to destroy costumes that are easy to destroy. Hayabusa’s bodysuit is body armor, so it is not easy to destroy. But his mask is very thin, and you can break that." — I guess bras fall in the latter category of that example.

On top of losing her bra, we also get to see Christie's win poses where her breasts appear to 'jiggle' in a fairly exaggerated fashion which should solidify the direction Team Ninja decided to take DOA6. You can check out the break in the clip below or full video after the jump where you can also find the tournament archive.


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SonicFox already has his paws on Dead or Alive 6 and has figured out how to lop off about 80% of your life in one combo

Dominique "FOX|SonicFox" McLean already has his name on the ballot for greatest fighting game player of all time, but while he's currently more known for NetherRealm Studios titles and Dragon Ball FighterZ, he's also shown quite a bit of ability in the Dead or Alive franchise.

Surely no small part of why Sonic is so well versed in the DOA series is because his brother, Kristian "Kwiggle" McLean, is known for his domination in the series' competitive scene. In any case, Fox has gotten his hands on the upcoming Dead or Alive 6, (which is slated to release to the public on March 1st) and has been live streaming game play.

The younger of the McLean brothers has taken to Marie Rose and is quickly looking more than competent with her movements and attacks as he takes on a friend's Eliot, a character he deems as "broken-ass."

As of the writing of this story, the multi-time EVO champion is still live streaming. Even when he's done, though, you can check out his Twitch archive videos here.

Before going live, Sonic spent some time in the training room so as to get a handle on Marie and be able to show off in those special ways only he can.

Here are a pair of quick clips from today's stream wherein Sonic demonstrates just how devastating Mario Rose's wall combos can be:


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Here's a recap of everything that was announced over the EVO Japan 2019 weekend

EVO Japan 2019 ended up making this a particularly busy weekend. The tournament has been wrapped up and champions for each game played at the event have been decided.

Of course, there were also a number of announcements that may catch the interest of fighting game enthusiasts. It appears that developers are using this as an opportunity to build up hype about specific events for their games.

Although Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition was one of the main tournaments with over 1,000 entrants, the competition was actually not part of the Capcom Pro Tour. As a result, Capcom had no announcements to reveal over the weekend.

Likewise, Nintendo also had no presence at EVO Japan this year. Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate were not played. Still, it is worth noting that a 3.0 update for Spring 2019 was announced a few days prior for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Not surprisingly, there were no signs of NetherRealm Studios titles either as Mortal Kombat and Injustice don't tend to be very popular in Japan. Jade's announcement should tide us over in the meantime.

Let's take a moment to recap everything that was announced at EVO Japan 2019 for those that may have missed them.

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EVO Japan 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The second installment ever of one of the biggest tournament expansions we've seen is here this weekend, namely the expansion of the EVO brand to Japan, with EVO Japan 2019.

This year, it's taking place in Fukuoka rather than Tokyo, and although entrants aren't as high as they were in last year's monumental premier year, the entrants certainly aren't anything to scoff at.

Over 1000 players are participating in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, over 500 in Tekken 7, and roughly between 200-300 each for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6 and King of Fighters 14, respectively.

While these 6 games are the main titles at the event, there'll be an absolutely insane amount of side tournaments as well, so make sure you keep in tune with all of the action.

Players participating are a bit too plentiful to list, but just count on the vast majority of Asian top players — and many other top players from other regions of the world — being present and competing.

Streaming is being done at EVO, EVO 2, EVO 3 and EVO 4.

Side events are set to be streamed at KVO Japan 01, KVO Japan 02, KVO Japan 03 and KVO Japan 04.

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Team Ninja appears to have gone rogue during the EVO Japan 2019 presentation

When Team Ninja took the stage at EVO Japan 2019 to showcase Dead or Alive 6, it's highly unlikely the EVO Japan staff knew the full extent what was about to happen.

Team Ninja was allotted some main stage time to showcase Dead or Alive 6 at EVO Japan 2019 this week. During this time they put on a gameplay presentation hosted by Japanese gravure idols Yuka Kuramochi and Saki Yoshida, as well as director and producer, Yohei Shimbori.

Instead of playing in a traditional manner, Shimbori manipulated characters into various sexual poses, paused the game and used the free roam camera to zoom in on characters' private parts while Kuramochi and Yoshida observed, commented and even spent some time jiggling their own breasts and spanking one another.

After a few minutes of this, the EVO Japan team decided to cut the live stream feed for the English broadcast and end the presentation early. Head organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar followed up with a since-deleted tweet stating that "the DOA ad that aired on our stream does not reflect the core values of EVO or the FGC. We ended the stream to protect the integrity of our brand."

EVO's Head of Business Development, Mark "MarkMan" Julio, further apologized on the live stream once it was booted back up, indicating a clear disconnect between what EVO organizers and Team Ninja were expecting during the latter's stage time. The looks on both his and commentator Steve "Tasty Steve" Scott's faces further indicated they were not prepared for the carnal display that had just taken place.

With lewdness being such a hot topic when it comes to the Dead or Alive franchise, it seems producers may be aiming more for shock and surprise as opposed to being straightforward with their intentions as we've been getting very mixed signals from the team for quite some time now.

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Dead or Alive 6 World Championship announced with over $90,000 in cash prizes

The official Dead or Alive 6 Twitter account (via Team Ninja website) has announced the Dead or Alive 6 World Championship. This seems very similar to the pro tours for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, and Dragon Ball FighterZ.

We previously mentioned this World Championship earlier today.

There will be over $90,000 in cash prizes. It was not revealed how the prize pool will be divided throughout the tour.

Qualifier events will take place in North America, Europe, and Asia. Each region's top competitors will compete in the grand finals event.

The grand finals will take place in Japan. An exact location was not provided.

A statement declares that the schedule, pre-qualifier areas, and regulations will be announced later.

Dead or Alive 6 will be released on March 1, 2019. The revealed roster includes Ayane, Bass Armstrong, Bayman, Brad Wong, Christie, Hayate, Helena Douglas, Kasumi, Mai Shiranui (along with another unknown King of Fighter rep), Marie Rose, Raidou, Rig, Ryu Hayabusa, and many more.

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EVO Japan 2019 stream cuts feed after lewd display during Dead or Alive 6 presentation, staff apologizes

During the EVO Japan 2019 live stream earlier this morning, a stage presentation for Dead or Alive 6 was interrupted after a lewd scene in-game was broadcast resulting in the live feed being cut by the tournament's organizers.

Koei Tecmo's upcoming 3D fighting title saw a demonstration at EVO Japan that aimed to give fans a glimpse at the product and gameplay ahead of its March 1st release date. With Dead or Alive 6 producer Yohei Shimbori on stage, as well as two female hosts, the show was cut short when the game's camera feature was used to display a moment that was overtly sexual in nature.

A couple of minutes after the incident aired on EVO Japan's main English broadcast, the stream went down. The EVO staff apologized for the events that transpired on social media, as well as on the tournament stream when it returned.

"The DOA ad that aired on our stream does not reflect the core values of EVO or the FGC," wrote EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar in a since deleted tweet. "We ended the stream temporarily to protect the integrity of the brand. We sincerely apologize to our fans."

EVO's Head of Business Development, Mark "MarkMan" Julio, also took to the stream to apologize for what took place on the EVO Japan broadcast. "I just want to get on stream and apologize on behalf of Triple Perfect and EVO Championship Series," Julio started.

"The stuff that was on stream just recently from one of our partners that were showcasing their recent title that is going to be coming out does not reflect the content and intention of EVO. So we do apologize if we offended anyone during the broadcast," he concluded.

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Mai Shiranui returning to Dead or Alive 6 with an as-of-yet unrevealed King of Fighters character, World Championship and costumes also announced

After the Dead or Alive 6 exhibition today at EVO Japan 2019, we got a bunch of new information about the upcoming game.

First of all, it was stated that a Dead or Alive 6 World Championship will be held, which will have a whopping 10 million yen ($90,637) for total prize money, and will have qualifiers for the main event held in Asia, America and Europe.

It was also stated that there'll be a demo version of the game available on PSN and Xbox Live next weekend, February 23-24th, with all 24 launch-available playable characters, some story mode content, training mode and online matches, so if you're on the fence this is a great opportunity to try the game out for yourself. The full game launches a week later, on March 1st.

Finally, they announced the Season Pass, which will contain 2 brand new characters and 62 new costumes, starting off with two "happy wedding" packs, giving wedding-themed costumes to each launch character and presumably the two DLC characters, as well as 2 more packs with 13 costumes each, and 5 costumes each for the DLC characters. It also contains one bonus costume each for Nyotengu and brand new character NiCO.

Furthermore, it was announced that the DLC characters will be part of a collaboration with SNK — Mai Shiranui, who was a guest in Dead or Alive 5, is returning, alongside another SNK character they're not ready to reveal yet.

The collaboration specifically listed King of Fighters 14, so it would make sense for a character who was present in that specific title to be the second guest, but nothing was explicitly confirmed. You can find images of each of these announcements below.

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