The next iteration of Dead or Alive is confirmed to be on the way.
IGN revealed this morning that the Dead or Alive franchise was far from dead after the drop of support for DOA5 — very much the latter, as the sequel has now been confirmed. Dead or Alive 6 is in-development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam, featuring a refreshed visual style that includes dynamic in-play facial expressions, sweat, and wounds. The developer is aiming for a 2019 release.
Destructible stages are returning as well. From IGN’s reveal:
While the visuals seem to be changing, Dead or Alive 6’s core gameplay stays familiar to what the series always has excelled at: over-the-top martial-arts action with interactive stages. However, DOA6 does try to welcome beginner players by introducing a new combo and special attack system: Fatal Rush and Break Gauge. These powerful attacks use simple commands to allow new players to experience the thrill of fighting games without too much practice. For seasoned players, the timing required to execute them perfectly should add an additional layer of strategy.
Kasumi, Hayate, Hayabusa, Helena, Jann Lee, and Zack are confirmed as returning characters. According to Director/Producer Yohei Shimbori, the final character roster will include other familiar fighters as well as some brand new characters.