Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja have released the free-to-play version of Dead or Alive 6 – Core Fighters on Steam. You can currently download the free version right now from over on the Steam store page. Simply click on the big green “Install Game” button.
You can purchase the base game as well from the Steam page for $59.99, which comes with bonus content. Alternatively you can purchase the Dead or Alive 6 Digital Deluxe Edition, which features 22 items, including all of the playable characters and the story mode unlock key.
The significance of this news is that the game only just came out back on March 1st, 2019 yet two weeks later the free-to-play version is already available to download.
For reference, Dead or Alive 5 – Core Fighters didn’t become available for the PS3 until September, 2013, a year after the initial Dead or Alive 5 released back in 2012, as reported by Shacknews.
Essentially Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja have sped up the release of the free-to-play version of Dead or Alive 6 instead of waiting a year.
Some see this as a desperation move given that the game got off to a rocky start in Japan moving around 26,000 copies, and the game has continued to slide down the sales charts.
According to Nintendo Everything, who picked up the news from 4Gamer, the Media Create sales between March 4th, 2019 and March 10th, 2019 were not kind to Team Ninja’s fighting game title. It slid from first during its opening week all the way down to 11th place with only 5,200 copies moved.
1. [PS4] Devil May Cry 5 – 116,202 / NEW
2. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 23,407 / 2,932,439
3. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 20,101 / 499,543
4. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 12,301 / 2,166,999
5. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee – 11,394 / 1,526,105
6. [3DS] Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn – 10,607 / NEW
7. [NSW] Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 9,838 / 1,317,346
8. [NSW] Super Mario Party – 9,230 / 1,046,789
9. [NSW] Minecraft – 8,350 / 632,871
10. [NSW] Splatoon 2 – 7,739 / 2,955,316
11. [PS4] Dead or Alive 6 – 5,223 / 31,665
12. [PS4] Anthem – 5,204 / 103,510
13. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III – 4,518 / 785,569
14. [PS4] Jump Force – 4,492 / 107,512
15. [PS4] Left Alive – 3,530 / 21,152
16. [PS4] Resident Evil 2 – 3,415 / 352,193
17. [PS4] NieR: Automata – Game of the YoRHa Edition – 3,363 / 31,313
18. [PS4] Far Cry New Dawn – 2,859 / 47,527
19. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies – 2,788 / 740,899
20. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey – 2,693 / 1,960,058
The free-to-play version could be Tecmo’s way of trying to recover the poor opening sales of the game to regain some attention and at least put the client in the hands of gamers in order to later entice them to purchase what will likely be a smorgasbord of DLC in the coming months.
A lot of the disinterest from gamers came from the game’s poor marketing leading up to release, which saw the producer and director, Yohei Shimbori, attempting to play both sides, bouncing back and forth by trying to appeal to both SJWs and hardcore gamers by saying that the game was being toned down and censored, while also trying to say that the game would feature plenty of fan-service and that it being toned down was a “misunderstanding”. He was attempting to make the game appeal to everyone and in the end it turned off more people than it brought to the table.
(Thanks for the news tip Richard Pell)