Dead or Alive 6 goes free-to-play

Back in January, Tecmo Koei announced that there would be a free-to-play version of Dead or Alive 6 launching sometime after the game’s official release. We had no idea how soon after that would be though.

In a recent press release, Tecmo Koei announced that Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters is available to download right now on the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, and Steam. This minimalized version will actually include quite a few features. Four characters will be available to play: Kasumi, Hitomi, Diego, and Bass. In addition, online ranked battles, versus mode, arcade mode, time attack, training, and quest modes will all be unlocked. The first few chapters of story mode will also be available.

Concurrent with the release of Core Fighters a new update has hit the full version of DOA6 as well. It included more quests, new entrance and victory scenes, and new aesthetic options for costumes. The first DLC pack, the Happy Wedding Volume 1 pack, is now available, with even more costume options. Tecmo Koei promised more costume packs as well as new characters and guest characters from other games such as The King of Fighters XIV in the future.

While Core Fighters is a good way to experience the game as a demo, it’s not a fantastic way to purchase it. Individual character unlocks cost $3.99 each, a cost of $80 altogether if you buy the roster piecemeal. Unlocking the full roster only costs $50 but doesn’t come with any other modes. Unlocking the full mode suite (which mostly includes the rest of story mode) is another $20 dollars. So if you want the full DOA6 experience you might as well purchase the full game. However, if you don’t care about any mode but versus and online then you can save a little bit of money by just buying the full character pack at a ten dollar discount.