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Dead or Alive 5 will include tag team battles, cuts DoA4 lobby system

At E3 2012, Tecmo Koei unleashed a big new announcement about its upcoming fighting game Dead or Alive 5. In addition to normal single-player matches, players will also be able to battle tag team as well, adding a new layer of competition to the series.

They also noted that in this installment of the DoA series they will be doing away with the online lobby system introduced in Dead or Alive 4. The system allowed several people to join a single game in a winner-stays fighting system. Whoever won would continue fighting while the losers took turns trying to take them down, observing the match from a lobby. 

It also included a literal lobby of sorts where players could jump and run around a small room with a giant monitor displaying the battle. Tecmo told Joystiq that the move was made to ensure the best online experience possible. We're honestly not sure if we'll miss it. Adorable avatars were great, but waiting your turn to fight was awful.

5 comments

  • samsneeze - June 6, 2012 7:50 p.m.

    "In addition to normal single-player matches, players will also be able to battle tag team as well, adding a new layer of competition to the series." Fucking. Wrong. I guess I can skip the review here at GamesRadar then. That'd be a rare occasion that's been happening a bit more frequently than usual.
  • kit07 - June 6, 2012 5:54 p.m.

    um tag team battles are nothing new to the series at all..
  • IceBlueKirby - June 6, 2012 5:31 p.m.

    I like the idea of tag battles, I just wonder how it will work. If it will go the route of having to defeat both members of a team to win, only defeating one, not allowing you to freely tag your partner and only using him/her when you lose your first one, or what. Regardless, it should be fun.
  • samsneeze - June 6, 2012 6:06 p.m.

    If it's like the system that was in Dead or Alive 4, you'll be able to tag in and out freely and depending on the pairs of characters you choose, you'll be able to do more powerful tag in/out moves. It's quite nice really. Here's a half a Youtube link to the previous game's throws: watch?v=sdttKVIxTxI
  • Andrew Groen - June 7, 2012 5:11 a.m.

    You're absolutely right. My bad, guys. I loved the bejeesus out of DoA4, but it's been nearly seven years and I've become fuzzy on some of the particulars.

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