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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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Raidou embarrasses opponents by slapping them in the face, but also bodies them with powerful strikes in new Dead or Alive 6 trailer

Koei Tecmo recently unveiled another fighter set to join the Dead or Alive 6 roster. Raidou, "The Regeneration Of Brutality," officially enters the fray, and the company has now released his first-ever gameplay trailer.

With red energy emitting from his body, Raidou deals with opponents by utilizing big, powerful strikes. He also appears to have a command throw that has a pop-up follow up attack, which allows him to continue to combo after.

One of Raidou's most interesting attacks in this Dead or Alive 6 trailer, though, is that which sees him grab the opponent, lift them up by the neck, then proceed to hit them with a series of tiny slaps. This move looks like it succeeds more in embarrassing the opponent than damaging them, but Raidou does end it with a hard hit that sends his foe flying backward.

Team Ninja's official description of Raidou in Dead or Alive 6 is as follows:

"With Mugen Tenshin Ninjutsu as a base, he uses his mimicry skills to copy various powerful moves of other styles as well. He favors a power-focused fighting style, making use of his colossal physique, using both moves stolen from others, and his own, such as the Tenho-Gorai-Sho and the Rekku-Jinraisatsu.

"Raidou was thought to be killed during an explosion after the first DEAD OR ALIVE tournament, but his body was secretly recovered and experimented on using DOATEC’s biotechnology, and while that leaves Raidou without a mind of his own, he has now devolved into a madman who only craves strength and destruction."

Dead or Alive 6 is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 1st.

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Dead or Alive 6's director aimed to avoid some of the controversy that surrounded Street Fighter 5 during its launch; tag mode left out for now

Dead or Alive 6 is just over a month away from its projected release date of March 1, and we're still learning more about the upcoming fighting game's features, characters and more before players get their hands on the full package.

Outlets like Gamespot and Gematsu have recently had the opportunity to sit down with DOA6's director and producer, Yohei Shimbori, to pick his brain on a number of subjects regarding the game and its contents — whether they be in regards to modes, features or sexuality.

Speaking to Gamespot, Shimbori says that Team Ninja made sure to include a story mode at launch for Dead or Alive 6 to avoid some of the controversy that Capcom faced for their decisions for Street Fighter 5's release.

"Some play [fighting games] for the story; some play [them] for eSports," said Shimbori via Gamespot. "We saw that when Street Fighter 5 came out, it didn't have a story mode, and there was a lot of controversy around that. Once we saw that, we knew that people really wanted a story mode in their fighting games."

Street Fighter 5 famously or infamously shipped in February 2016 with its illustrated character stories in the game, but players had to wait until June of that year to get their hands on the actual cinematic story expansion 'A Shadow Falls.' This left many fans confused and / or unhappy with the state in which the game launched without the promised story or an Arcade Mode — which didn't come until 2018.

More cinematic and in-depth approaches to stories in fighting games have been around for many years though it wasn't until 2011's Mortal Kombat 9 where they'd gain more mainstream attention and set the bar for the genre going forward.

The director states that their choice for characters in Dead or Alive 6 were actually shaped more by the story than by actual popularity leading to the return of old antagonists like Raidou.

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Raidou revealed for Dead or Alive 6

The official Dead or Alive 6 Twitter account has revealed images of Raidou in Dead or Alive 6.

Raidou was the main antagonist and final boss of the first Dead or Alive game. Upon defeat, he was killed by Kasumi.

During the events of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, Donovan was able to recover his corpse. As a result, he was revived as a cyborg.

Despite being a cybernetic being, he has apparently managed to retain his facial hair.

Other returning characters in the game so far include Ayane, Bass, Bayman, Brad, Christie, Eliot, Hayate, Helena, Hitomi, Honoka, Jann Lee, Kasumi, Zack, Tina, Ryu Hayabusa, Rig, Leifang, Kokoro, Lisa, Mila, Marie, Nyotengu, and Phase 4. They'll also be joined by newcomers Diego and NiCO.

In the screenshots, we also see the reveals for the A.P.O. and Chinese Festival stages.

Dead or Alive 6 will be released on March 1, 2019.

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So is it less sexy or not? We're getting some really mixed signals about Dead or Alive 6; Kayane interviews Producer Yohei Shimbori

The Dead or Alive community is excitedly preparing for the next franchise installment, which after roughly a two week delay, is now slated to drop on March 1st.

French fighting game player and personality Kayane was able to score an interview with Dead or Alive 6 producer Yohei Shimbori, wherein he revealed a good deal of insider perspective.

Just after the initial unveiling of DOA6, Shimbori told IGN, "We wanted to make a more cool and mature Dead or Alive this time, and to that end we made a conscious decision to make the characters less sexualized.” He tells Kayane, however, that this is actually not the case.

The Dead or Alive series has featured next to nothing swimwear and exceptionally revealing outfits so much that followers have come to expect such visuals as a mainstay attribute. As such, when word got out that developers were planning to tone said mainstay down, it quickly became a point of extended discussion.

Speculations as to why this move was to be made ranged from the idea that Team Ninja's desire to make their latest title more eSports friendly to the concept that portraying female characters with more modesty would be a service to female fans.

When Kayane brought up the topic to Shimbori, he responded with, "In an interview that was published, they said that I say the game would be less sexy in consideration of the female players, which is totally wrong, because we know that female players in the DOA fan base like to play strong and sexy women...

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Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters appears on Microsoft Store potentially pointing to free-to-play version of the game

Dead or Alive 6 was originally slated for a February 15 release, but was recently delayed to the start of March so the developers can further polish and balance the upcoming fighter — though we may still have quite a bit to learn about the title's release if a recently discovered listing is accurate.

The Microsoft Store currently lists a 'Core Fighters' version of Dead or Alive 6 on Xbox One which may point to a free-to-play release similar to its predecessor though the page itself contains little information as to what it would include.

When Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate launched a year after the title's initial release, it came alongside a 'Core Fighters' version that allowed users to play the game for free including four characters — Kasumi, Ayane, Ryu Hayabusa and Hayate — and a majority of the features aside from story mode.

This Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters listing has not been updated to the new release date of March 1, and the screenshots on the page are broken meaning that it could have been published early or as a placeholder since it also doesn't mention what this specific version comes with — outside of it being included with the base game and deluxe edition.

The PlayStation and Steam storefronts do not currently contain any information regarding this Core Fighters release, and the Microsoft page says that it cannot be sold separately from the main game.

Team Ninja has not announced any plans for a free-to-play version of Dead or Alive 6, but we've reached out to Koei Tecmo for more information regarding the Core Fighters listing. We'll update the story with any new details we receive, but until then we can still take a look at the peculiar listing below.

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Strange Dead or Alive 6 online beta bug sees the fight continue outside the confines of the stage

Dead or Alive 6's online beta wrapped up earlier this morning, and during its run players were given the opportunity to try out five characters in the upcoming title before launch.

Many clips of the beta were shared over the past few days on social media, providing a look at various high level plays for characters like Kasumi, Hayate, and newcomer Diego. Also shared, though, was footage of some of the strange bugs the beta had to offer.

Twitter user The_Neemius uploaded a quick clip on Twitter showing a match between Diego and Hayate that... doesn't quite goes as planned.

Fighting close to the edge of the stage, Diego hits a quick knee that turns the point of view to aim outside the edges of the stage. From there, both contenders start moving beyond the stage barriers and walk on an invisible floor completely outside of the platform.

Things only get worse when the fighters end up at the very bottom of the arena and half of their bodies fall beneath the ground.

While bugs like this can be amusing to see, it's also worth noting that finding issues before launch is exactly what beta tests are for. Hopefully we can see this fixed before the game releases on March 1st, though we're not quite sure what causes this bug to fire up.

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Dead or Alive 6 online beta test officially announced and it's live on PlayStation 4 right now

The heavily rumored and hinted at Dead or Alive 6 online beta test is real. This morning, the game's official Twitter account announced that a beta will be taking place for the upcoming title, and apparently it's live right now.

Dead or Alive 6's beta test is set to run from January 11th at 8 a.m. PDT until January 14th at 7:59 a.m. PDT. This preview of the game comes shortly after the official release date of the final product was pushed from February 15th to March 1st, which is a nice surprise for fans who were disappointed by the delay.

It appears as though the beta is only available on PlayStation 4 at this time.

Players who opt in will be able to try out five different characters: Kasumi, Ayane, Hayabusa, Hayate, and newcomer Diego.

This beta test will only feature online ranked mode as its sole play option. Only one stage will be available to select, which is the DOA Colosseum.

You can also access a tutorial at any time from the main menu to learn the ins and outs of the game's combat system.

The Dead or Alive 6 online beta test comes in at a 7.760 GB file size, and you can hop into the PS Store on your console now to download it (here in the US).

Earlier this morning we saw the reveal of two new DLC characters: Nyotengu and Phase 4. We are expecting to see them when the game launches on March 1st.

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