This is news to me. I mean, yeah, a delay for a game isn’t necessarily news, but a delay for one of my favorite video game series that I didn’t even know was in production is definitely news to me. I’m kinda shocked, but not really? I mean, for the last 2 iterations of the Dead or Alive fighting franchise (before DOA5), there’s been an Xtreme game behind it, so maybe this isn’t that shocking. Maybe it’s been announced, but I definitely never heard or read anything on it. Regardless, the game has been delayed. I came across an article on Kotaku through it’s “Talk Amongst Yourselves” articles in which a reader/writer contributed an article they had translated from Japanese, which you can read here. I’m actually pretty excited to find out about this. The Xtreme series has definitely been one of my guilty pleasures in gaming. Not in a “omg boobies” way, but more along the lines of something like Animal Crossing. Taking part in tedious gameplay to unlock items has always been one of my guilty pleasures, and this one is at the top of the list. It doesn’t hurt that the actual volleyball mechanics are really fun. I can’t begin to count how many matches I’ve played where I’d volleyed more than 100+ times, ending in one of my more intense gaming experiences. It’s like a bouncier version of Pong (pun intended). Now that I’m aware of its existence, I’ll definitely try to keep tabs on this one as it nears completion. Until then, definitely give the article a read.
It looks like Team Ninja will be updating the Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate roster with a brand new character for consoles this spring. “Marie Rose” was originally introduced in arcade versions of DOA5U in Japan back in November. She will be released along side an update for the game as well as another round of costumes for current characters.