Team Ninja has released the first season pass for Dead or Alive 6, and it costs more than the game itself. Dead or Alive 6 released today at a retail price of $60 USD, while its Season Pass 1—which went live almost immediately after the game launched—costs $93 USD.
For that staggeringly high price point, you’ll net yourself over 60 costumes for the roster of fighters included in Dead or Alive 6 at launch, as well as two new additional characters that will release sometime between Mach and June. Season Pass 1 contains both volumes of the special Happy Wedding Costumes and two additional extended costume packs for all characters. There are costumes for the two new fighters as well, of which only the first—Fatal Fury’s Mai Shiranui—has been revealed. Season Pass 1 also includes bonus content for NiCO and Nyotengu.
Dead or Alive 6 represents a change of pace for Team Ninja, which wants its infamous fighting game franchise to appeal to a larger audience. The developer wants Dead or Alive 6 to be an esport contender, for example. In order to accomplish this goal, a new feature—called the Break Gauge—has been implemented into Dead or Alive 6 that allows you to pull off both devastating attacks and counters with simple button inputs. Also, the sexual fan service that the series has become known for has been toned down. A free-to-play version to help convince people to pick up the full game is scheduled as well.
In our Dead or Alive 6 review-in-progress, Heidi Kemps gave the game a 7/10, writing, «As of the time of this writing, the game’s online servers haven’t gone live, so we are waiting to see how the game’s netcode and online interface stacks up before finalizing the review. For the time being, though, we can say that DoA6 is a fun, engaging fighter with great-feeling, easy-to-pick-up combat, a strong sense of visual style, and a lot of personality. If you’re looking for a new fighting game to learn the ins and outs of—or perhaps a nice entry into the 3D side of fighting games—DoA6 is a fighter of choice.»