Dead or Alive 6 has been out all of two weeks, priced at £55 / $60 / €70, and now a free-to-play version has been released. This is sure to come as an almighty stinger to those who stumped up the cash for a premium version of DOA 6 around launch.
It really is a fascinating way to shoot yourself in the foot in terms of your own fanbase.
Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters includes Online, Fight, Training, DOA Central and DOA Quest game modes, as well as for playable fighters - Kasumi, Hitomi, Diego, and Bass. In terms of content, this version includes everything but the complete fighter list and the single-player story mode.
Each of the missing fighters is available to purchase individually, priced at £3.29. If you typically main Zack in Dead or Alive, for example, you can just grab DOA6 - Core Fighters Edition for free and buy Zack for £3.29. Then you can take part in all of the online modes with your favourite fighter for around 6% of the cost of the full game.
A single-player Story Unlock Key is also available, priced at £15.99 if you want to see what the solo campaign is all about.
For the people who aren’t the uber hardcore Dead or Alive fans who want every character, we expect this move from Koei Tecmo feels like a proper kick in the teeth. Most fighting game fans like to main a select few characters and this can be done for a fraction of the price now. Who knows though, perhaps fans are pleased that this will exponentially grow the player base.
Between this, the £74 season pass and the £287 of available DLC already, this game really is something, huh?
Are there any Dead or Alive 6 owners out there feeling a little stung by this move? Do you think it’s pretty shady not to make any mention of this in the run-up to the premium launch? Let us know what you think below!