Dead Or Alive 6 Announced, Sexualization Toned Down To Be More “Realistic”

Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja have come forth with an announcement that is Dead or Alive 6, which the game is set for an early 2019 release for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. However, the game sounds like it will be toning down drastically on content that the series is known for this time around.

That’s right, publisher Koei Tecmo and developer Team Ninja provided publication site IGN a build of Dead or Alive 6, which allowed the website to test the game and write up a piece with a sub-header titled “DOA is growing up.”

In addition to “growing up,” the author of the piece wrote:

“Dead or Alive is a series known to feature ostentatious characters such as ninjas and highly sexualized female fighters with nearly superhuman powers, and while Dead or Alive 6 still shares the same DNA, things seem to have become a lot more realistic and refined.”

Following up on the author came Yohei Shimbori, the Game Director, who chimed in that…

“We wanted to make a more cool and mature Dead or Alive this time, and to that end we made a conscious decision to make the characters less sexualized.”

The piece went on to follow Shimbori’s statement with the following:

“It goes without saying that this decision is heavily influenced by the fact that the industry is moving away from overtly sexualized female characters in general, but Team Ninja seems to have a concrete vision behind this shift in style. If you look at the game’s concept art, you can see that Kasumi is no longer just a fantasy figure for young boys; she’s a warrior.”

Furthermore, the write up went on to game mechanics. Dead or Alive 6 has a special attack meter and is reported to work like the Rage Drive from Tekken 7. As for the Story mode, this iteration is said to be similar to Dead or Alive 5 — with different episodes for each character.

New features such as character accessories like a mask can be smashed and reveal the face of the fighter. Glasses can fall off, and sweat can drip off of a fighter depending on what’s going on in a match.

Lastly, the full roster of Dead or Alive 6 has not been revealed yet. However, the devs will continue to add new characters and past characters to the game at launch and beyond. The team also plans to incorporate other characters from games like The King of Fighters and so on.

With all of that said, you can either watch the newly posted trailer right here or visit to learn more:


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