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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.

There is a little bit of NSFW language used in this clip.


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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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Nyotengu and Phase 4 revealed for Dead or Alive 6, new combat and features trailer released

Two new characters join the Dead or Alive 6 roster. Nyotengu and Phase 4 have been officially unveiled by Team Ninja this morning, and they will be joining the fight as DLC.

From the looks of it, Nyotengu will be a bonus character for those who pre-order the physical or digital version of the game. Phase 4 will come included with the Digital Deluxe version of Dead or Alive 6, along with an additional costume for Kasumi, a Deluxe costume set of 25 outfits, and 3 music tracks.

A clone of Kasumi, Phase 4 is a man-made weapon who still holds the memories and personality of the fighter she was replicated from. Here codename is "Kasumi Alpha Phase 4," and the "Phase 4" part is a reference to the final stage of the clone weapon production of M.I.S.T.'s Project Alpha.

Nyotengu is a legendary being whose beauty has been spoken about throughout Japan over many generations. Her reason for coming down to the human realm to fight is simply to appease her boredom, and rumors of Ryu Hayabusa — the human who defeated Bankotsubo — were what piqued her interest in the first place.

Not much personal data is known about Phase 4 and Nyotengu. Phase 4's fighting style is unknown, though it is derived from Kasumi’s Mugen Tenshin Ninjutsu and includes numerous improvements. Nyotengu fights using Manjū, which sees her utilize powerful strikes and aerial attacks with the help of her large wings.

Team Ninja has also released a trailer showcasing the various combat mechanics and features in Dead or Alive 6. In it, we see demonstrations of game mechanics such as Break Blow and Fatal Rush, a quick glimpse at story mode, and more.

This trailer also provides a look at "DOA Central," which allows you to customize your character with various costumes and cosmetic changes.

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

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Dead or Alive 6's online beta test and possible start date reportedly leaked by PlayStation Blog

Team Ninja recently revealed that players will need to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the full release of Dead or Alive 6, but now it seems that we might be able to play some of the game as soon as... tomorrow?

Fighting game content creator Rooflemonger uploaded a video to their YouTube channel detailing the recent delay of Dead or Alive 6 and how PlayStation may have leaked the existence of / start date for the game's online beta.

According to a reported listing on the European PlayStation Blog for upcoming releases this week, the DoA6 online beta test was listed among other titles like Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition and Hitman HD Enhanced Edition though the listing for the fighting game has since been removed.

The release date for the alleged beta test was listed as January 11, but it's currently unknown if it could have been similarly pushed back like the full game since Koei Tecmo has yet to officially announce the trial's existence —though they have heavily hinted that it's coming.

Dead or Alive 6 was originally scheduled to launch on February 15 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, but its delay to March 1 came earlier this week when the developers announced that they wanted a few more weeks to polish and better balance the title.

If the beta test is going to release at its alleged original window of January 11, then we should be hearing about its details in the very near future. You can check out Rooflemonger's video after the jump to see the beta listing for yourself and learn more about Dead or Alive 6's most recent developments.

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Dead or Alive 6 release date pushed back to March for 'further polish'

Team Ninja has revealed today, via the official DOA Twitter, that Dead or Alive 6's release date has been pushed back into March 1st.

The upcoming franchise entry was previously slated to drop on February 15th on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, so the wait won't be all that, especially considering the fact that Febrary is a shorter month.

Fans are naturally excited to see the next entry in the now 23 year old franchise, but the rest of the fighting game community has been discussing the alleged reduction in sexuality that the series has become known for.

Today's development does not reveal the specifics as to why the delay is happening, but does promise "the best DOA gaming experience."

You can see the full announcement from Yohei Shimbori by clicking the image below. Thank you SqueakyBloom for the tip.

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Official Dead or Alive 6 Twitter account teases potential beta test

Dead or Alive 6 may be seeing a beta test soon, if the official Twitter account for the game is indeed hinting at what we think it's hinting at.

The Twitter page recently uploaded a quick gameplay clip showing fight intros for Kasumi and Hayate. Their message to fans references the various bits of footage they've been sharing lately, and also includes one word in all caps that has people thinking it might mean a demo / beta is coming soon.

"We hope all the recent videos have gotten you hungry for some DOA action," the tweet reads. "Perhaps the time has come to give our fighters a chance to TEST their skills. Make sure to follow us here so you don’t miss any updates..."

Obviously, the implication fans are getting here is that "TEST" refers to a beta test. We haven't heard anything about a demo for the game from Koei Tecmo, so this hint seems to be the first word on it — if it is indeed hinting at a beta.

The game's official Twitter account has been sharing quick tips on techniques and strategies you can use in-game. It almost seems like they're trying to give followers a bit of a head start, should a beta test drop soon.

Dead or Alive 6 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 15th. If a beta is in the works, it will likely drop fairly soon, so keep an eye out.


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Dead or Alive 6 gets Mature rating from ESRB, surprising absolutely no one

Team Ninja's upcoming 3D fighting title, Dead or Alive 6, has received its official game rating from the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board). Much like you might have expected, the next installment in the DOA franchise has been given a Mature rating.

While violence is obviously a key factor in every fighting game to ever exist, Dead or Alive 6's M rating seems to stem from something else — its sexual themes. A game like the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11 (and previous MK titles) earn the "Mature" label through massive amounts of blood and gore, and though the ESRB does cite blood, violence, and foul language as contributors to the rating for DOA6, the most prominent details seem to be from the sexualized stuff.

"A handful of costumes depict characters with narrow strips of cloth that barely cover their buttocks and/or pelvic areas," the ESRB writes on Dead or Alive 6's listing. "Some female fighters' breasts jiggle while standing or fighting. In some sequences, players have the ability to zoom in on characters' cleavage, posterior, or underwear, and take pictures."

The ESRB makes mention of additional violent scenes that include robots being cut in half by swords and a helicopter machine gun firing at characters on the ground, but that seems fairly innocuous and would likely fly in a title with a Teen rating.

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NEC 19 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

NEC 19 is taking place this weekend in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

This event is hosting a ton of different games, with the most entered one being Soul Calibur 6 at over 250 participants, meaning that stakes are going to be very high for everyone involved.

Besides this, the event will also be hosting tournaments for Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Dead or Alive 5: Last Round and Pokkén Tournament DX.

Some of the notable names showing up include FOX|SonicFox, Dragon, PAG|Grover, BxA|PartyWolf, Saiyne, Linkorz, UGS|XCaliburBladez, MrKwiggle, Flux, PG|MarlinPie, W2W|KnowKami, FSD|Rikuto and KPB|JDR, though there are obviously many more as well.

There are several other games not listed on the main stream schedule as well that may have side streams such as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Injustice 2, so make sure to check around if those are being streamed separately if you're interested.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, Bros Calamity, KPB Live and TSB Blaze.

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CouchWarriors Crossup 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

CouchWarriors Crossup is taking place this weekend in Victoria, Australia.

The big part about this event is that it's the final Saga event in the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour, meaning that there's a Dragon Ball up for grabs.

Although Dragon Ball FighterZ is the main game, the event will also feature tournament play in the yet-to-be-released Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Dead or Alive 6, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Tekken 7, Soul Calibur 6, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Mortal Kombat XL, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Top players set to compete at the event include GGP|Kazunoko, CO|Fenrich, BC|ApologyMan, DNG|Tachikawa, UYU|Cloud805, NRG|Supernoon, PG|Nakkiel, BC|LordKnight, GGWP|Souji, Ponos|Garireo and many more.

With 75 entrants for Dragon Ball FighterZ, it'll be a big fight to see who gets the Dragon Ball in the end. With GGP|Kazunoko present and gatekeeping, is he going to grab his fourth? Or will someone finally overcome him and get theirs?

Streaming is being done at Dragon Ball FighterZ, Couch Warriors, Couch Warriors Smash, Melbourne Melee and New Game Plus TV.

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Brad Wong and Eliot gameplay trailer released for Dead or Alive 6

Koei Tecmo has released the first gameplay footage of Brad Wong and Eliot in Dead or Alive 6.

This trailer comes hot off the heels of the reveal for these characters that came about in Famitsu magazine.

Both Eliot and Brad are returning characters in the Dead or Alive series.

Brad Wong practices the drunken fist fighting style in the DOA series. He made his debut back in Dead or Alive 3. According to Koei Tecmo, Wong spent years training in the remote mountains of China, until his master sent him on a quest to find a legendary liquor. Wong entered DOA’s third and fourth tournaments, but skipped the fifth; now he returns to take on the competition once again.

Eliot fights using Xingyi Quan martial arts and is pupil to fellow Dead or Alive series combatant, Gen Fu. Eliot, known as “The Apprentice of the Iron Fist,” set off on a journey of self-discovery and martial arts training alongside Brad Wong after the fourth DOA tournament. It was here that Eliot was allowed to learn the ways of Xinyi Liuhe Quan, and now enters the sixth DOA tournament with the improved skill and confidence of a true first-rate martial artist.

More details about these fighters can be found on the official Dead or Alive 6 website. You can check out the trailer below.

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Update: Brad Wong and Eliot announced for Dead or Alive 6; first screenshots revealed

12/12 Update: The first in-game look at Brad Wong and Eliot in Dead or Alive 6 is now online thanks to Famitsu. Brad has changed his goal after finding the legendary wine in a previous title to now searching for the legendary salmon while Eliot joins the DoA6 tournament to hone his skills. You can take a look at the new character screenshots below.

Earlier: Dead or Alive is a series largely known for its beautiful female fighters who aren't always wearing much in the way of clothing, but their male warrior counterparts are also no slouches in battle or representation.

Koei Tecmo revealed that Eliot and Brad Wong will be playable in Dead or Alive 6 in this week's Famitsu magazine via Ryokutya2089.

Eliot is the apprentice of the classic DoA fighter Gen Fu and practices xingyi quan martial arts. His first debut came in Dead or Alive 4 where he was the youngest fighter to join the series at only 16 years old at the time of the tournament.

Brad Wong is a compatriot of Eliot who first appeared in Dead or Alive 3. He is a practitioner of zui quan martial arts which may be better known in the West as the drunken fist or drunken boxing due to their movements seemingly mimicking someone who is intoxicated.

Unsho Ishizuka, Brad Wong's Japanese voice actor, passed away earlier this year in August though it is reportedly confirmed his voice work will still be used for the character in DoA6 while Eliot will be portrayed again by Junko Minagawa.

Dead or Alive 6 is scheduled to release on February 15, 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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NiCO, Kokoro and La Mariposa announced for Dead or Alive 6

During the Dead or Alive Festival 2018 in Japan, Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja revealed three new characters coming to Dead or Alive 6: Kokoro, La Mariposa and the brand new fighter NiCO.

The 18-year-old NiCO is known as "The Lightning Technomancer" and fights using Pencak Silat, a martial art style native to Southeast Asia. She is able to discharge plasma during her strikes to electrocute her opponents and can seemingly teleport around the ring using EMF Rings. She is also the game's second original character along with Diego, who was revealed at EVO earlier this year.

Kokoro is Helena's half-sister who first appeared in Dead or Alive 4. Her gameplay focuses around a variety of elbow strikes, throws and palm thrusts. Unlike her sister, Kokoro is a master of the Ba Ji Quan martial arts style.

La Mariposa is a masked wrestler whose real name is Lisa Hamilton, and she was also a former scientist for DOATEC. Lisa debuted in the series in Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, but it wouldn't be until Dead or Alive 4 where she'd receive her first appearance as a fighter.

Two new stages called 'Zero' and 'Miyabi: The Hidden Garden' are also shown off during the trailer. The first is a research facility built by M.I.S.T, and the other takes place in a quiet town where you can break through to another spot called 'The Hidden Garden.'

Pre-ordering Dead or Alive 6, which is set to release February 15, 2019, will unlock the bonus character Nyotengu along with a theme for PlayStation 4 users or a costume for Ryu Hayabusa on Xbox One. You can take a look at the reveal trailer for all three characters after the jump and screenshots of the fighters in action below.

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Christie's English Dead or Alive 6 trailer now available

Christie was revealed as the latest playable fighter in Dead or Alive 6 yesterday. Unfortunately, the trailer was only shown with Japanese voice acting.

If you're an English speaker like me, then you probably have no idea what was being said in the trailer. Although we know that Christie is an assassin within the Dead or Alive universe, parts of her personality was obscured by the language barrier.

The Dead or Alive team on Twitter has now uploaded the trailer in English. She starts off by mocking Bayman by saying that he "shouldn't be here."

As she pulls out her gun, she concludes that he'll "have to be punished." Obviously she isn't too happy about having the gun knocked out of her hand.

The next scene has her state that she'll "play" with the opponent until they "break." This is probably her intro animation.

Fans have noted that Christie's trailer is actually very ironic because it features her getting beat up a lot. Well, now you get to watch it with English voice acting.


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Remember that Dead or Alive 6 will be released on February 15, 2019.

Christie revealed for Dead or Alive 6

Christie has been revealed as the next playable character to join the fight in Dead or Alive 6. She originally made her debut in Dead or Alive 3 back in 2001.

This assassin is considered to be the series' secondary antagonist. Not only this, but she's one of the few female villains so far.

As a killer, she is actually responsible for the death of Helena's mother, Maria. Helena has had to deal with her attacks throughout the story.

During the trailer, we actually see Christie fighting against Bayman. Christie tries to pull a fast one on him with a handgun, but Bayman is successful in knocking it out of her hands for a fair fight.

Although a knife of some sort has been spotted on her person, the trailer does not show her utilizing it for any of her attacks. She sticks to striking opponents with her hands and legs.

With the addition of Christie, the roster count is currently at 20. The other confirmed fights so far are Ayane, Bass, Bayman, Hayate, Helena, Hitomi, Honoka, Jann Lee, Kasumi, Leifang, Marie Rose, Mila, Rig, Ryu Hayabusa, Tina, Zack, and newcomer Diego. Nyotengu and Phase 4 have already been confirmed as DLC.

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Christie announced for Dead or Alive 6

The Paris Games Week expo is now underway in France, and it appears that some new announcements are already coming out of the event from Koei Tecmo.

Christie has been revealed for Dead or Alive 6 where her trailer is reportedly being shown at the Koch Media France booth at Paris Games Week 2018.

The she quan martial artist made her first appearance in Dead or Alive 3 in 2001 as an assassin and antagonist for the series moving forward for all numbered titles that followed.

Christie was previously hired by Victor Donovan to take out Helena and her family where she ended up killing Helena's mother, Maria. Now, the assassin is still trying to complete her mission, so it's not surprising that Christie will not be far behind anywhere Helena shows up.

Dead or Alive 6 is currently in development for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC with a release date currently set for February 15, 2019.

Her reveal trailer is not yet online, but Koei Tecmo Europe says that it will be available soon. Until then you can take a look at the first image of her below.

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Dead or Alive 6 adds Tina, Bass, and Mila to its roster

Three more playable Dead or Alive 6 characters have been revealed this morning. Tina Armstrong, Bass Armstrong, and Mila enter the ring.

Team Ninja has released a brand new trailer showing all three of these fighters in action.

The theme for these fighters here is "wrestling," as each fighter uses some form of grappling in their playstyle — Tina and Bass Armstrong being pro wrestlers, and Mila being an MMA fighter.

Mila, Tina, and Bass have been revealed together in order to introduce a new professional wrestling circuit into the world of Dead or Alive. It appears that the organization is called "The Muscle," and according to Team Ninja it will play a part in the game's story line.

Tina and Bass made their debut in the first Dead or Alive title, though Tina was a part of the original arcade roster in 1996 and Bass joined when the game came to Sony's PlayStation in 1998. Mila is a relatively new character, having joined the world of Dead or Alive in 2012 with the launch of Dead or Alive 5.

Dead or Alive 6 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 15th, 2019.

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