Tecmo Koei embracing free-to-play on console

Tecmo Koei embracing free-to-play on console
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

June 3rd 2013 at 4:40PM

Publisher to release free basic version of Dead or Alive 5 Unlimited on PS3

Tecmo Koei Games is embracing free-to-play for its next console game, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate.

In an interview with Famitsu, as translated by Google Translator, the Japanese publisher revealed it will release a basic free version of the title on PS3. A full version will also be hitting retail on PS3 and Xbox 360.

The basic version will feature just four characters, while all game modes will be available online. Players can purchase the story mode for 1,500 yen, or buy new characters for 400 yen each.

The packaged version meanwhile will include all game modes, costumes and characters, as well as new ones.

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate follows in the footsteps of titles such as CCP’s MMO shooter Dust 514 in offering free-to-play experiences on consoles, rather than the traditional pay-up-front business model.

An F2P version of the title is not currently expected to be released on Xbox 360.

Developed by Team Ninja, Dead or Alive Ultimate is slated for launch in September.