Dead or Alive 6

PREVIEWOn June 8th, 2018, Koei Tecmo revealed today that Dead or Alive 6 is in development and is planned for a 2019 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam! The reveal trailer begins with some cinematics and transitions into gameplay. Surprisingly, DOA6 will have a more "mature" vibe, with less of an emphasis on skimpy costumes and over-sexualized females, and more focus on stage interactions, dynamic camera angles, facial expressions, and battle damage on characters.

DOA6's character selection screen as of February 2019.

New gameplay mechanics in DOA6 include: Side Attack, Break Gauge, Fatal Lash/Stun, Break Blow and Break Hold. Director Yohei Shimbori had this to say about the new mechanics: "Pressing that 4th button continuously is an activity all characters can trigger.... the first hit will initiate Fatal Stun, which puts the opponent in an unprotected state, and the normal hold can not be performed. If your gauge bar is filled you can use 'Break Blow' on the last hit. This will be an easy move to pull off for beginners, but the timing of it will be complex for high level play."

DOA is gonna be "serious" for once? Color me intrigued. Let's see what you've got.

Here are some other bullet points from the E3 '18 interview and early reports.

  • The core mechanics will remain the same from DOA5.
  • DOA6 will be the best-looking title in the series. 
  • DOA6 will be PS4 Pro enhanced, enabling 4k resolution.
  • The faces of the characters will become wounded throughout the fight, which is something the devs were hesitant to do in the past.
  • A Nintendo Switch version is NOT in development due to hardware limitations. 
  • While they're toning down the emphasis on sexuality, they're "not ruling out" all of the types of costumes that appeared in previous games.
  • A big part of the sales point of DOA6 is to make it enjoyable and accessible for casual and beginner levels of players.
  • There will be a 1-button flashy super combo move, which will allow beginner players to stand up against more skilled players, but apparently will not be a game-changer in gameplay.
  • New gameplay mechanics in DOA6 include: Side Attack, Break Gauge, Fatal Rush, Break Blow and Break Hold.
  • New gameplay mechanics in DOA6 include: Side Attack, Break Gauge, Fatal Rush, Break Blow and Break Hold.
  • A new Special button will execute new mechanics with 1 button press (and directional inputs).
  • Fatal Rush is a "powerful combo attack," done by just mashing the Special button.
  • Break Gauge is a super meter, a first for the series. It fills up when blocking or attacks land. Break Blow and Break Hold can be used when the meter is full.
  • Break Blow is an attack executed by pressing forward with the Special button.
  • Break Hold is a defensive technique that works against all kinds of attacks.


Classic costumes are in... along with 578 other paid DLC costumes (probably).

IGN had this to say about DOA6's visuals and gameplay:

While the visuals seem to be changing, Dead or Alive 6's core gameplay stays familiar to what the series always has excelled at: over-the-top martial-arts action with interactive stages. However, DOA6 does try to welcome beginner players by introducing a new combo and special attack system: Fatal Rush and Break Gauge. These powerful attacks use simple commands to allow new players to experience the thrill of fighting games without too much practice. For seasoned players, the timing required to execute them perfectly should add an additional layer of strategy.

Kasumi, Hayate, Hayabusa, Helena, Jann Lee, and Zack are confirmed as returning characters. According to Director/Producer Yohei Shimbori, the final character roster will include other familiar fighters as well as some brand new characters.

Believe it or not, the developers stated early on that Dead or alive 6 will apparently "tone down" the over-sexualization of female characters.

We wanted to make a more cool and more mature Dead or Alive this time, and to that end we made a conscious decision to make characters less sexualized," Shimbori told IGN.

It goes without saying that this decision is heavily influenced by the fact that the industry is moving away from overly 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.

"The female characters are still attractive, as are the men, but first and foremost they are fighters," Saito Said.

In DOA6, female characters' breasts no longer jiggle and bounce in the exaggerated fashion the series became increasingly known for, and the costumes we have seen so far are less revealing. Females are depicted in a more natural way, which makes them feel more human and believable than before.

That's very interesting... because a few months after Tecmo Koei made that statement (above), a Japanese Collector's Edition containing hentai-looking body pillow covers and boobie + butt cheek mousepads was announced. Don't be too surprised because this is actually standard fare for the DOA series... as the DOA5'Collector's Edition featured the exact same items.

"Toning Down Sexuality"... I'll remember that that means this. ^O^ ...who buys this shit?

Stay tuned on FightersGeneration.com for Dead or Alive 6 news, character reveals and future updates!


Page Updated: February 16th, 2019
Developer(s): Team Ninja
Publisher(s): Tecmo Koei
Designer(s): Yohei Shimbori   (Director)
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
Release Date(s): March 1st, 2019
Characters Kasumi, Hayabusa, Hayate, Zack, Jann Lee, Helena, Rig, Hitomi, Lei Fang, Diego, Ayane, Marie Rose, Bayman, Honoka, Bass, Tina, Mila, Christie, Lisa, Kokoro, NiCO, Brad Wong, Elliot, Raidou, Nyotengu (DLC), Phase 4 (DLC), Mai Shiranui

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Related Games: DOA5: Last Round, DOA5: Ultimate, Dead or Alive 5, Dead or Alive, Dead or Alive 2, Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore, Dead or Alive 3, Dead or Alive 4, DOA: Dimensions, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, Tekken 7, SoulCalibur 6

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First Impression: Are the really reusing DLC characters? I'm not 100% certain if the info above is actually correct and Nyotengu and Phase 4 are actually going to be DLC characters again, but if so... Ugh. DOA cracks me up by the way it's advertised and the way fans react to it. Keep it up Tecmo Koei, I'm entertained.

These days, a fighting game having success with the competitive community is an imperative part of a game's longevity and, in some cases... survival. In the past, it seems like the DOA series managed to survive off of sexual overtones and paid costume DLC... since we all know the game seldomly appeared at major tournaments. Is DOA6 ready to change its direction? They better make a damn good fighting game then, because it's 2019 and the competition isn't messing around. 

Are they really toning down the sexuality? (An irksome DOA6 Collector's Edition containing boobie / butt cheek mousepads and a body pillow with hentai-style art now exists, so I'm thinking this talk was all just a publicity stunt, and I called it.) Maybe... adding "sexy" to DOA6 will cost money via paid DLC. So, same marketing strategy as usual then? The announcement that DOA6 is supposedly "toning down" its sexuality at least got people talking about DOA again. Mission accomplished? Some fans even went as far as to create petitions to the devs to "bring sexy back" to DOA6 (and even asked me to sign it and post it on TFG.) My opinion? I'm too old for this shit. lol.

As a fighting game player who likes the "game" part of fighting games... I'm always more interested in gameplay. After learning about the new mechanics, one might assume DOA6 will be heavily catered towards casual players. If gameplay isn't among Koei Tecmo's top priorities, serious 3D fighting game players won't care... and won't play it long term. Of course, many DOA fans don't actually care at all about gameplay... because they play it for other reasons. (_)_) INB4 the new perverted beach volleyball spin-off game with VR capabilities gets announced (it already did). Euugh, too late.

One obvious thing Team Ninja needs to NOT do, this time... is charge over $1,000 USD for DLC costumes like they did with DOA5. Micro-transactions of this magnitude are no friend to any level of gamer. In a few ways... DOA6, in its early stage, seems like a step in the right direction. I'm interested to see what Team Ninja does with this opportunity to "start fresh". The new stage designs & close-up camera angles look cool at least... and that's the only thing that caught my attention so far. These DOA6 character trailers where the revealed character is "getting beat up" isn't quite bringing the hype.

I have to be honest... DOA6's new character designs and mechanics are not impressing me thus far. Can we get new DOA character designs that are actually interesting? You know, something outside the realm of "generic fighting dude with shiny skin" or "new Asian chick with big boobs"? If not... at least bring back the guest characters from DOA5 - particularly the entire Virtua Fighter crew and Mai Shiranui. (Good choice on bringing back Mai and another character from KOF XIV.) It seems like DOA6 is going to need them, bad. Otherwise, DOA will just be DOA... and I will just be renting. Stay tuned for continued coverage of Dead or Alive 6.
~TFG Webmaster

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