PlayStation fans likely aren't too familiar with the Dead or Alive fighting franchise, as most entries have been exclusive to an Xbox platform. However, in these days of dying third-party exclusivity, PS3 owners may see the girls of DoA grace their console before long.
The latest rumor says that Dead or Alive 5 is a "multiplatform title" in development for both the Xbox 360 and PS3. There's no official evidence for the time being, but it was mentioned that with known Microsoft fan Tomonobu Itagaki leaving Tecmo, franchises like DoA may no longer be exclusive. Furthermore, while the Ninja Gaiden series always manages to debut on the 360, the PS3 does get an updated version later on down the road (another practice that may give way to simple simultaneous releases in the future). It also seems that European retail channels are reporting that DoA5 will indeed be a multiplat game; Koei of Europe – Koei and Tecmo are now joined – has evidently been fueling such rumors. So the hints are there but we certainly can't say it's inevitable until we see something concrete. With the return of the fighting genre's popularity this generation, perhaps it wouldn't be a bad idea to pursue a fifth Dead or Alive . It makes good business sense, at any rate.
And no, we're not talking about the Xtreme Beach Volleyball titles. If you want those, you really do need a 360…and there's nothing wrong with having a guilty pleasure. 😉