Koei Tecmo jumped into the GamesCom waters with a brand new trailer for the upcoming fighting game, Dead or Alive 6. Even though a lot of games were announced just before or during E3 this year, it seems as if all of the juicy info and gameplay tidbits didn't surface until GamesCom this year. Koei rolled out a brand new trailer for Dead or Alive 6, the upcoming fighting game due out early next year for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The new trailer reintroduces gamers to two of the series' favorites, Leifang and Hitomi. You get to see both girls in action, utilizing their fighting technique and special moves in a rather fantastical pirate stage.

The Dead or Alive 6 trailer is only 58 seconds long, and it starts with Hitomi and Leifang trading neutral blows. Leifang gets the better of Hitomi after a quick reversal, knocking the gi-clad pugilist into the side of the pirate ship while a giant Kraken tentacle looms menacingly overhead. Leifang continues to showcase her martial arts prowess, stringing together combos and blasting Hitomi into some crates. Hitomi finally utilizes her own special counter, blasting Leifang into some explosive barrels that knocks her into the grip of the Kraken, which slams her down into the lower deck of the pirate ship. The two continue to exchange blows until Leifang finally finishes the fight with another counter blow.

There's a lot to take away from the trailer, including the large amount of destructible elements in the stage. We can see that there are lots of crates and barrels to destroy, but if you want to do some real damage, there's the explosive red barrels. We also see one of the first more fantastical elements in Dead or Alive 6, such as the Kraken being used as a stage transition. This is a hearken back to the over-the-top transitions that were featured in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round. They're definitely a lot more bombastic than the transitions in games like Tekken 7.

Gamers who are in attendance at GamesCom taking place in Cologne, Germany will be able to play-test the new interactive stage and both Leifang and Hitomi at Hall 9, #B011-C010. Leifang is a T'ai Chi Ch'uan specialist, using and relying on a lot of counters to gain an advantage over opponents. Hitomi, meanwhile, is a traditional karate expert relying on straight punches and kicks to down opponents, as depicted in the trailer above.

The stage depicts part of the new lighting system that Team Ninja is working with based on a modified version of the Dynasty Warriors 9 engine. The team abandoned the Soft Engine that was previously powering the more recent entry in the series, such as Dead or Alive Xtreme 3.

Slowly but surely, we're seeing more and learning more about the new content in Dead or Alive 6 leading up to its early 2019 release. Over on the official website, you'll see the roster slowly expanding with each new set of characters unveiled.

The team will have a tall order following up behind Bandai Namco's Soul Calibur 6, which is due out this fall, so we'll see if Team Ninja can capture the attention of the audience with its release next year.

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