2019 is already looking like a full card in the first half of the year with some huge announcements having already been made, but one that is gently but surely building my hype levels is DEAD OR ALIVE 6. With their slow trickle of character reveals, Koei Tecmo are continually building up my anticipation, which they did once more this past weekend with NiCO, the second original character to appear in this iteration.
NiCO, known as “The Lightning Technomancer” is a practitioner of Pencak Silat, a historic martial art of Southeast Asia. The frenetic fighter employs powerful plasma discharges in her attacks, boosting her Pencak Silat strikes to another level, while at the same time using her EMF Rings to move at ultrahigh rates of speed. But that’s not all, as NiCO is also a genius scientist who has been entrusted with Donovan’s secret M.I.S.T. development project. Despite her youthful appearance, she provides a genuine threat to the ninjas with her sharp, analytical mind and her natural sense for martial arts.
Joining NiCO in the latest trailer (below) is Helena’s half-sister, Kokoro. A master of Ba Ji Quan, Kokoro uses a combination of elbow and palm thrusts to compliment an array of throws aimed at destroying her opponent’s balance. Graceful, yet powerful, Kokoro’s fighting style incorporates the hard and soft elements that represent the spirit she has refined through her maiko training.
Also returning to action is La Mariposa, a luchadora who excels at aerial attacks and is known as “The Immortal Butterfly”. Under the mask, however, the professional wrestler is really Lisa Hamilton, a former DOATEC researcher who at one time conducted experiments on the ninja Hayate. And although it was rumoured that she had retired after the 5th Tournament, La Mariposa is back, deadlier than ever.
The NiCO reveal also showcased two new stages, including ZERO, a research facility built by M.I.S.T. highlighted by shattered glass and freefalls, not to be outdone by MIYABI, a quiet Japanese town surrounded by bamboo. Break through the thicket and watch as fighters crash down into a secluded spot known as The Hidden Garden, adding a little atmospheric magic to the fight. In addition, TEAM Ninja released the first images of the all-new DOA CENTRAL. Here, gamers will be able to customise their characters before each fight, including changing costumes, hairstyles, and even glasses. And these $100 gaming headsets that are attached to the console work like a charm in enhancing the gaming experience.
DEAD OR ALIVE 6 is currently under development for the PlayStation4 Computer Entertainment System, Xbox One, and digitally on Windows PC via Steam. Do you think you’ll pick up the latest iteration of this iconic fighting game franchise when it releases? Is your favourite character in the roster yet, if not, who are you waiting for? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter, and check back for more coverage of this game and other Japanese titles.
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