Fists are set to fly in early 2019 as Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja announce the official release date for their highly-anticipated fighting game, Dead or Alive 6. Get ready to join the battle on Feb. 15 when the game finally launches for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Steam.
This news comes to us via press release, where the publisher and developer have laid out launch plans including early purchase bonuses for those willing to pre-order Dead or Alive 6. If you pre-order the game on the PS4, you'll earn a unique theme based on the game as well as Nyotengu as a playable character. Over on the Xbox One, players will also receive Nyotengu and, in place of the console theme, a bonus costume for Ryu Hayabusa (of Ninja Gaiden fame). Given the fact that this is a fighting game and balance/accessibility is important to the community, we wouldn't be surprised to see Nyotengu become premium DLC at some point but, if you don't want to take that chance, a pre-order seems to be the only way to go.
As an added bonus, anyone who purchases the game by March 14, 2019 (so, the first month it's on the market), will also gain a bonus costume for the character Kasumi. Over on Steam, buying the game by the March 14 deadline will also net you Nyotengu.
Finally, there's going to be a Digital Deluxe edition of the game, too, which will include 25 extra costumes, three extra musical tracks, an exclusive DDX costume for Kasumi, as well as the Kasumi clone playable character, Phase 4.
Popping up at E3 2018, the first trailer for Dead or Alive 6 made it clear that the storied fighting franchise will be receiving some upgrades when it arrives next year. The action appears fiercer than ever, with characters visibly showing damage as they give and receive a beating. The arenas have also been made more dynamic, with interactive borders that include things like electrically charged ropes, breakable debris and even bystanders that will occasionally catch a staggered fighter before pushing them back into the fray. That trailer also shows off series staples like Lee and Zach, as well as Ryu Hayabusa.
Once the EVO fighting tournament got up and rolling, a new trailer was shown off boasting additional characters such as Rig and Diego, with yet another trailer launching last month at GamesCom that introduced Hitomi and Leifang. Since Tokyo Game Show is just a couple of weeks away, we feel pretty confident that a fresh trailer, potentially showing off even more characters in action, will be making an appearance.
That'll probably continue into the fall, as the roster has grown to be pretty beefy at this point and character reveals are a surefire way to build and maintain excitement for a new fighting game.