Free Version Of Dead Or Alive 5 Out Next Week

If you missed out on playing Dead or Alive 5 Last Round [official site] because you didn’t feel like paying full price for a fighter you’d probably play a few minutes and forget about, sorry about that. You still have to pay full price if you want to play the full game on Steam, but if you’d still rather not, soon you’ll be able to opt for a cut-down free-to-play version to quell that fighting spirit that’s welling up deep within you.

Publisher Koei Tecmo this week announced Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters, due to launch on Monday.

If you’re only interested in playing a few matches with a limited number of characters and have no interest in Story Mode, there are several things you can still do with Core Fighters, like play online. Included are Kasumi, Ayane, Ryu Hayabusa and Hayate. Additional characters will cost you, as will Story Mode. But this glorified demo is enough to kickstart a possible Dead or Alive 5 addiction, so it’s worth trying out if you’re curious.

You can get your fight on after it launches on 3 October as well as the character Mila, who will be available from then on through 30 October. Hey, that’s a bit of cash saved! Now don’t blow it all on costumes, which everyone knows is the real draw. For me, anyway.


  1. AlienMind says:

    You might want to hit up Google for the word “demo”.

  2. Pich says:

    And then you can pay 800 bucks of DLC! with an engine from previous gen!

    • ScubaMonster says:

      It’s an insult they can offer that insane amount of DLC but yet can’t be bothered to port the game to the same engine used on PS4. Instead you get a touched up last gen version. Granted, it still does look very good, but it could have looked even better.

      • Baines says:

        The PC version was intentionally held back so as to not compete with the current gen console version.

        It was touched on when people asked about claimed current gen console “exclusive” content, which ultimately didn’t make it into the PC version. It was also mentioned when a dev explained that the PC version wouldn’t get certain config options, as Tecmo/Team Ninja were concerned about maintaining system parity. Which was a joke, because everyone already knew at that point that the PC version would be lacking various features, functionality, and content and that a couple of 4K resolution options didn’t achieve “system parity” against that lost content. It was pretty obvious that Koei Tecmo had zero real concern for system parity, and were instead only concerned about making sure that no one would believe that current gen consoles were second best.

        • KDR_11k says:

          Which is weird since T-K doesn’t have a console to sell you. I don’t get why they’re doing this nonsense, I thought for a while that it’s maybe because Japanese people tend to have weak PCs but I’m not sure that’s it either.

  3. Heliocentric says:

    Now, come-back with a F2P street fighter and you have my attention.

  4. Spuzzell says:

    Dead Or Alive is creepy.

    I would genuinely think a lot less of anyone who played it.

    • Creeping Death says:

      The main series fighting games are no worse than many other fighters out there.

      Now, the extreme volleyball spinoff shit… yeah, that’s uh… yeesh.

    • yogibbear says:

      How much less do you think of me if I told you I have played Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus?

    • Jalan says:

      Take a step back people, we’ve got someone on the internet judging others!

    • batraz says:

      Anyone who ever heard “Tutti frutti” is a perv.

    • Neuromancing the Boil says:

      Oh, thank god. Maybe if this armchair apostle knows I play DoA 5, he’ll “think less of me” and leave me alone. Not that I’m antisocial, but I find his Tipper Gore mask to be creepy.

    • fish99 says:

      That’s alright, I don’t think much of you either.