The hype train for Dead Or Alive 6 keeps on rolling on, with Koei Tecmo only recently announcing the release date of February 15th 2019. Koei Tecmo didn’t stop there though, revealing four returning characters and a brand-new stage for the at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, which took place from the 20th until the 23rd September.
The first fighter returning to the fray is Ayane. Ordered to hunt down her half-sister, Kasumi, Ayane’s Mugen Tenshin Hajinmon style of Ninjutsu is as fierce as it gets. Dubbed “The Killer Kunoichi,” Ayane’s ever-changing moves are polished to the point that her opponents have a hard time seeing what is coming next. Forced to live in the shadows, she attempts to fight through her conflicted feelings toward her half-sister, while also fighting her way to the top of the tournament.
The second combatant marking her return is Swedish martial artist, Marie Rose. Marie, known as “The Wicked Lil’ Servant,” boasts a Russian military style emphasizing constant fluidity of movement, enabling the fighter to utilize her small frame to her advantage, outmanoeuvring enemies with a variety of tricky moves while turning her opponent’s attacks against them. In fact, I know several people who will thoroughly dislike her return.
Next up is the “Super-Secret Fighter Chick” known as Honoka. This 18-year-old fan of professional wrestling and martial arts movies invented her own fighting style known as Honoka Fu; an art where she combines her favourite moves from fighters she has observed. While in her Hissatsu-no-Kamae stance, she is imbued with unbelievable strength, making her capable of delivering attacks the likes even she has never seen before as her right hand emits a mysterious glow.
The final fighter re-entering the arena is former professional assassin, Bayman. Known as “The Man Who Overcame Death,” Bayman stands inside the ring with the same kind of cold-hearted professionalism that made him such a successful mercenary thanks to his devastatingly-dangerous skills in Combat Sambo. I’m glad to see this character back, as he completes the trio of characters I played in DOA5 (Bayman/Jann Lee/Rig), so this one really pleases me.
Also making its debut in Tokyo will be the new stage entitled “LOST PARADISE.” The magnificent jungle is mixed with the decaying remains of man-made constructions, with some surprising secrets popping out of all corners. Collide with the extremely large eggs and you will not only disturb whatever’s inside, but also alert their mother – a giant Pteranodon who will swoop in for the attack. But that’s not the only danger lurking, as the fence separating the fighters from the jungle is sparked with electricity. Fall to the bottom level and a Tyrannosaurus awaits, ready to rip into anyone within biting distance.
Dead or Alive 6 is coming, and it cannot come soon enough in my opinion. It looks fantastic in motion, as seen by the stage demonstration of the game on the Friday of the recently passed EGX in Birmingham, and we already have a fantastic base roster so far. Dead Or Alive 6 releases on February 15th 2019 and we will be continuing to cover this game over the coming months. Will you be picking up Dead Or Alive 6? Is your main now in the roster? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter, and keep an eye on Rice Digital for future news, reviews and other content!
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