Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters launches today – try it for free

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Fighters! It’s been a while! Today I would like to talk about Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters which will be available FREE on PlayStation Store from this Wednesday, 25th September.

So, what is Dead or Alive?
For the uninitiated, Dead or Alive is a 3D fighting game series that first hit arcades in 1996. After first gaining attention for its intuitive fighting system, the series has since gone on to sell around the world. The series was brought back for the first time in series years with the release of Dead or Alive 5 in September last year, boasting updated graphics and fighting mechanics.

What’s new in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate?
In Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, developer Team NINJA has added an abundance of new online features, stages, game modes and the addition of both new and fan-favourites to our already extensive cast of fighters to deliver the ‘ultimate’ in fighting entertainment with features enjoyable from casual to competitive fighters.


We have added several fan-favourite characters to the biggest roster in franchise history such as the return of Ein, Leon, the introduction of the Dragon Shrine Maiden Momiji and Fiend Hunter Rachel from the Ninja Gaiden series as well as Jacky from SEGA’s Virtua Fighter. In addition, players can expect a plethora of new costumes, several gorgeous interactive arenas, robust training and ranking modes for increased competitive play, and upgraded online functionality and features.

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate delivers heightened competitive play with the addition of new modes such as Team Fight mode, allowing players to create teams of up to seven characters to compete offline against other players. Improved training modes have also been added providing new lessons for Tutorial mode.

The Move Details from Dead or Alive 5 Plus (for the PS Vita) has been expanded in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate giving players highly-detailed information to study and implement in to their game plan. Nearly 1000 titles are available with a huge library for each character. Battling in different modes, clearing new missions and other new challenges unlock titles to be used to customise player profiles.

About Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters

  • The core game is free to play, with some gameplay elements available for purchase
  • All stages are available so users can enjoy almost all DOA5U features at no cost
  • Four characters (Kasumi, Ayane, Ryu Hayabusa, and Hayate) are playable, along with every mode except Story mode
  • Fight not only with other players of the free version, but also with players of the retail version of DOA5U
  • Unlocked titles, costumes, and Story mode progress can be carried over from Dead or Alive 5 on PS3
  • The free version is for PlayStation 3 only


DOA5U: Core Fighters players who purchase all unlock keys separately (characters, Story mode, and music) are eligible to earn trophies the same as players who purchase the full version key and upgrade to DOA5U in one go. A full version key will be available to these players for free download in order to enable to trophy unlock feature.

Fighting with players from DOA5 and DOA5+
Because of the introduction of new moves such as Power Launcher and adjustments to online play,
players using Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate users and Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters version users will not be able to play with users from other DOA5 games.

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