Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters Heads West This September

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

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When Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate releases September 3 in North America and September 6 in Europe, the ¬†PlayStation Network will receive an exclusive bare-bones iteration entitled Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters for free. The free download includes the four mascots, or “Core Fighters,” of the series (Kasumi, Ayane, Hayate and Ryu Hayabusa), the full array of stages and costumes available in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (excluding DLC) , and every game mode besides story mode. This free download will be available tentatively on September 9. Now, all of the missing content can be bought separately for the complete package. Any missing character can be bought for $3.99, and story mode will be available for a whopping $14.99.

As out-of-the-blue as it may seem, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters, if anything, ¬†could be taken as a companion to sway you one way or the other if on the fence about whether or not this fighter is for you. A non-forced “freemium” edition could prove to be a good experiment for future titles. What do all of you think? Has Tecmo Koei fallen off their rocker, or is this something worth exploring?


The standard version of Dead or Alive 5 is available on Amazon:

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Former Contributor- Arik (yes, it's with an "A") is an aspiring video game journalist and professional monster hunter. He joined Operation Rainfall in January of 2013 and has been following since the Xenoblade days. His gaming obsessions include Uncharted, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, No More Heroes, and Bioshock.

  • That’s actually a way to rip off people at some extend

    • Orions

      Yep, giving people something for free or giving them the choice to purchase what specific content they want, or even giving them the option to buy the full game off the bat is ripping people off.


    • 25 – 4 = 21
      21 x 4 = 84 (That’s already over the price for characters)
      84 + 15 = 99

      So if you were to purchase one character from this free edition they are sick profiting.
      Plus learn to read, it does not say that you can buy the whole thing for a fixed price unless you go buy the actual game. It’s good marketing as a demo yes, but the ability to purchase any “missing” stuff is what kills you

    • Orions

      Then if you were intent on buying all the characters… buy the full game. It’s not hard. This is for people who don’t want to invest full price into the game, or maybe play a select few characters. If I only want to use Lei Fang I only have to drop 4 dollars into the game, if I want to use everyone then I’ll buy it for likely 40 dollars when it comes out. Options are not ripping people off.