DOA is heading back to the beach with Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, even if it’s just for Sony consoles.
August marked the inagural Dead or Alive “DOA Festival” in Japan, hosted by Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo. The event commemorated the legacy of the fast 3D fighting game franchise with a tournament, exhibition matches and a cosplay contest. Festival attendees also received exclusive DLC items for Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, along with a first-look at the “Fireworks Stage” and “Hot Summer Costume Set” DLC pack.
Team Ninja Producer Yosuke Hayashi announced the return of the DOA Xtreme series, with “Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 (Working Title)“. No further details were given at the event, however the beach-vacation spin-off will be exclusive to Southeast Asian markets. A recent interview between Hayashi and Famitsu gave DOA fans a little more information regarding DOAX3, including its console-exclusivity and a potential North American release.
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 will use an enhanced version of the Soft Engine- “Soft Engine 2.0”. Team Ninja’s internal rendering engine appeared in the PS4 and Xbox One versions of DOA 5: Last Round, giving character models realistic skin tension (i.e. stretching, wrinkles, etc.), along with real-time reflections and dirt effects. The new engine allows for characters to actively tan over the course of the game. The 360-exclusive previous installment, Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 featured a variety of beach-themed mini-games and sports; none of the featured activities have been announced, though DOAX3 will have a “Camera Mode”. Unlike the “rushed” event-to-event format of Xtreme 2, players will have more down-time with each individual character.
Beginning on Aug. 20, Japanese DOA5: Last Round players will have the option of downloading 15 character-themes based on the women of Dead or Alive; the 9 most-downloaded themes will have their corresponding characters included in the playable DOAX3 roster.
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is currently in development for the PS4 (“DOAX3 Venus”) and PS Vita (“DOAX3 Fortune”), with no other platforms announced at this time. The PS Vita version will include gyro and touch-panel support, along with a modified version of Soft Engine 2.0- “Soft Engine Lite”. While the title is only planned for a release in Southeast Asia/Japan, a North American version may be developed if Koei Tecmo sees an outstanding demand for the game.
A release window for Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 has not been scheduled at this time.