Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, an update to Dead or Alive 5 featuring some new characters and features, is coming out September 3. Quite honestly, as an owner of the game, I was upset. A whole new disc? For $60? I just got this! Now some news has come out that has not only quelled my anger, but made me legitimately excited for Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate.
On September 3, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will be released in 2 versions. There will be a standard retail release for $60, sure, but it will also be released on the PlayStation 3 in a free to play model (Release of the free to play version on the Xbox 360 is contigent on Microsoft’s approval), and it will be entitled Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Core Fighters. Kasumi, Ayane, Hayabusa, and Hayate will be available for free, and you can buy additional characters for $4 each. All single player modes are available for free except for Story Mode, which can be purchased for $15. Tecmo Koei plans to offer some paid characters for free for a limited time so people can try then out and decide whether or not to buy them.
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Core Fighters will support full online play with the retail version, and save files from the original Dead or Alive 5 will carry over.