Dead or Alive 6 is on the way, with a release date set for early 2019. A PC version coming via Steam has also been confirmed, alongside the console releases on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The next entry in the fighting franchise aims to focus on the martial arts fundamentals - and leave the series’ most infamous elements behind.
The reveal trailer showcases some brief snippets of gameplay, with returning characters like Ryu Hayabusa, Jann Lee, Hayate, Zack, Kasumi, and Helena. It looks very much like another step in the Dead or Alive formula, with combo attacks, reversals, and destructible stages showcasing a familiar rhythm in the combat.
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Notably absent from trailer is the series’ trademark sexy portrayal of its female fighters. Kasumi’s in a practical - by videogame standards - bodysuit, while Helena’s got wrestling-style trunks on under her skirt, making those generous cloth physics seem far less voyeuristic than they have been in the past. As developer Team Ninja tells IGN, that change is by design.
“We wanted to make a more cool and mature Dead or Alive this time,” says director Yohei Shimbori, “and to that end we made a conscious decision to make the characters less sexualized.” Art director Yutaka Saito adds that the game’s women are still attractive - so are the men, just look at Jann Lee in the trailer below - but “but first and foremost they are fighters.”