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Dead or Alive 5 update adds Zack Island stage, balance changes

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A free software update for Team Ninja's fighting game Dead or Alive 5 will add a new stage set on Zack Island along with a host of balance adjustments and brand new moves for certain characters.

The version 1.03 update for Dead or Alive 5 is available for download today, Jan. 22, on PlayStation 3. The Xbox 360 version will receive the update on Jan. 29. An extensive list of changes, from damage tweaks to frame adjustments, is available at the official Team Ninja website.

The new stage, Zack Island, is modeled after the island getaway featured in multiple Dead or Alive Xtreme games. Battles can take place on the beach and into the waves, where players will encounter a "slip zone" that makes fighters more vulnerable to lower body attacks.

Tecmo Koei is also releasing three more costume packs, adding yet another round of swimwear options for the ladies of Dead or Alive 5. Each pack, priced at $4.99 / 400 Microsoft Points, contains four costumes. Swimsuit enthusiasts can purchase all three packs in a bundle for $12.99 / 1040 Microsoft Points.

A preview of Dead or Alive 5's new content is available in the following trailer.

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