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Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate embracing free-to-play in Japan

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Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, "the definitive Dead or Alive 5 package" according to publisher Tecmo Koei, will see a release as a free-to-play model for the PlayStation 3 in Japan alongside the paid version, head of Team Ninja Yosuke Hayashi revealed in an interview with Famitsu.

According to a translation by NeoGAF user raven777, single-player modes and non-DLC outfits and stages will be free and the game's story will cost ¥1500 (about $14.90 USD). There will be no limitations to how many games a free-to-play user can play per day.

Characters Kasumi, Ayane, Hayate and Hayabusa will be free-to-play, with extra characters priced at ¥400 (approximately $3.98 USD). Tecmo Koei will also offer unlocked characters for a couple of days as a trial period.

Online play will be free and free-to-play users will be able to play online with gamers who purchased the game. Free-to-play gamers will not be marked as such in online matches. Additionally, Dead or Alive 5 save files and DLC will transfer to Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate.

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will be released in North America this fall at retail and digitally on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. According to the post, the free version will only launch on the PlayStation 3.

Polygon contacted Tecmo Koei for more information and will update this story as it comes to hand.