During a recent interview with Famitsu, Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi revealed that Tecmo Koei is planning to offer a free-to-play version of their upcoming Ultimate expansion to Dead or Alive 5 on PlayStation 3. Kasumi, Ayane, Hayate, and Hayabusa will be completely free of charge from the get-go, along with online play. All single-player modes (besides the story) and non-DLC outfits and stages will also be included, and free users will be able to play online with those who purchased the full game.
Additional characters will be priced at ¥400 (~$3.98 USD) and the story mode will be available to purchase for ¥1500 (~$14.93 USD). Much like other free-to-play titles, paid characters will be available to try without purchase during special promotion periods. It was also announced that save files and downloadable content from vanilla Dead or Alive 5 will carry over to Ultimate.
At this point in time, only a Japanese release for this free-to-play version has been announced, but we’ll be sure to let you know when news regarding other regions becomes available.
For now, feel free to let us know what you think of this offer. There has been a bit of discussion recently regarding fighting games possibly making the transition to free-to-play, and this is one of the first instances we’ve seen of an established company going that route with a well-known title. If this should reach your country, will you be interested in trying it out?