Dead or Alive 5 may get more Virtua Fighters

Yesterday, Team Ninja surprised Dead or Alive fans with an appearance by Virtua Fighter 5's Akira in its latest trailer for Dead or Alive 5. Now, studio head Yousuke Hayashi has indicated Sega may be coughing up even more fighters from its competing franchise for the fighting sequel.

The report stems from an interview with Hayashi in this week's Famitsu (via andriasang), wherein the Team Ninja boss said Akira will likely be joined by other Virtua Fighter notables considering the door between developers has already been opened.

The translated chat also implies Hayashi's team all but harassed Sega for permission to use Akira in the first place, so it's also possible he's using his exposure in Famitsu to drum up support for a larger Virtua Fighter/Dead or Alive crossover. As for how Akira will handle in Team Ninja's brawler, Hayashi explained his controls will essentially mirror those of Virtua Fighter.

Dead or Alive 5 is slated to arrive for PS3 and Xbox 360 later this year. Where do you stand a possible Virtua Fighter collaboration? Can the two franchises even get along?


  • Japanaman - March 7, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    I've been asking for a crossover for 5 years or more, so I'm glad to see some VF characters in the game, but I wonder if they will have actual stories and endings? I hope to see the following match-ups in the game: Ryu Vs Kage Lei-Fang Vs Pai Gen Fu Vs Brad Wong Bayman Vs Vanessa Eliot Vs Lion Kakoro Vs Aoi Bass Armstrong Vs Wolf Alpha 152 Vs Dural (Virtua Fighter 4 version)
  • FauxFurry - March 7, 2012 1:16 p.m.

    I am a bit surprised that Kage-Maru wasn't the first choice of Virtua Fighter character selected to appear in a Team Ninja game if a full-on cross over is out of the question.
  • IceBlueKirby - March 7, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    I certainly wouldn't mind, seeing as there hasn't been a new VF game in a while what with Sega just updating VF5 a couple of times instead. It may be the closest we'll get for a while. I also agree with samsneeze that Ryo would be awesome. He could kick some ass in Shenmue just as well as any VF character, so it's not as if he wouldn't fit in.
  • GeedAwesome - March 7, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    Should have just done the full crossover.
  • samsneeze - March 7, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    Virtua Fighter and Dead or Alive play relatively similar to one another so I don't think there are going to be many technical problems as far as migrating characters goes. I wonder if Hayashi knows that if you borrow characters from another game, it doesn't count as having "new" characters. I don't want the game to be bad, but ever since Itagaki left, Team Ninja hasn't done anything really worthwhile. And since Dead or Alive is my favorite fighting franchise, this game will make or break my view of the company. You know who would surprise me though? Ryo Hazuki. Put him in the game, and I guarantee good things.
  • Japanaman - March 7, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    The graphics are realistic now. Itagaki never allowed that to happen.
  • samsneeze - March 7, 2012 6:43 p.m.

    Character models are made more real now to be exact. The fighting environment hasn't changed much, if at all from what I've seen. I've never really cared how the character designs looked anyhow, to be honest. I've always enjoyed the game's controls more. Hayashi is trying to make the game more accessible. By doing this, he seems to be unbalancing the game and slowing down it's pace. The inclusion of QTEs mid fight are an equally bad idea.

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