Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is going to attempt to play both sides of the Free to Play debate, by launching the game for free or at retail at the same time.
The free version will be limited in various ways, most notably only being allowed to play with one of 4 characters...
The storyline mode will also be purchase only, requiring a fairly hefty $15 to buy individually. Each character you wish to unlock will set you back another $4, although there will be a free rotation (similar to League of Legends) to let you try fighters you don't have unlocked yet for free.
Play between the free and full version is possible, and even with the free game you can play unlimited numbers of matches; if you're just picking up the game to continue dominating with your favorite fighter, you can do so for a measly $4 (or for free if you love playing as Kasumi, Ayane, Hayate, or Hayabusa). All non-DLC stages and costumes are included as well, and any DLC from Dead Or Alive 5 is transferable.
The game is only coming out for the PS3 (Xbox 360 is in the works), and currently only in Japan, although if the experiment succeeds we may well see the game ported to the US and the rest of the world.
Tribes: Ascend recently did a similar thing, allowing you to purchase the game once for all of the content, while still allowing in game currency or Station Cash to purchase items on the free version. Do you think this dual method will pay off and satisfy both types of gamers, or is it just straddling the fence? Tell us your thoughts below!