DOA 5 1.03 update takes PS3 to Zack Island today, Jan. 29 on Xbox 360

A new patch has been issued for Dead or Alive 5, available today on the PS3 and next week on Xbox 360, January 29 – a patch that institutes a dizzying array of character-specific fixes, plus a lengthy list of general purpose balances. Seriously, it's a massive list, so feel free to peruse all the numerous tweaks here.

There's also a free island paradise-themed level included in the Dead or Alive 5 version 1.03 update for all players: Zack Island. It's all part of a one-two punch (see what we did there?) that includes the 1.03 update and its free content, followed by several island-appropriate outfits available should fighters wish to throw down a bit of cash for dress-up. Of course, the attire in question is swimsuits. It was never going to be anything but swimsuits.
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Team NINJA today revealed that the 1.03 update for DEAD OR ALIVE® 5, the next generation of DOA combat, contains a wealth of new content including a free new island stage, gameplay updates and improvements, and three new DLC packs featuring stunning new swimsuit collections to take full advantage of the new Zack Island tropical island setting. The 1.03 update is available now on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and will be available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft on January 29th.

§ This fresh new stage is set on a lush tropical island with clear blue sea and white sandy beaches-the perfect place to escape winter doldrums!

§ Battles take place on a large beach and can carry into the waves of the neighboring sea

§ The sea water is a "slip zone" where characters are more vulnerable to lower body attacks, which can stagger opponents

§ Now players can enjoy seaside battles with new moves such as Bayman's Death Punisher

§ Tropical items such as coconuts can fall from trees when shaken or hit during battles, so watch out for falling objects!

§ Combat balance adjustments and new fighting moves

§ Online gameplay adjustments and improvements

§ Updated content and movie upload functions

§ General updates based on player feedback

§ In-depth details of the 1.03 update are available for viewing at:

§ Hotties Swimwear Pack 1 features new swimsuits for Kasumi, Kokoro, Helena, and Sarah

§ Pack 2 features swimwear for Hitomi, Leifang, Mila, and Pai

§ Pack 3 features swimming outfits for Ayane, Christie, Tina, and Lisa

§ Available for download today on the PlayStation®Store and via the Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for Xbox 360 on January 29th, each pack will cost $4.99 / 400 Microsoft Points, while all three packs may be purchased in a money-saving bundle for $12.99 / 1040 Microsoft Points.

DEAD OR ALIVE 5 features a wealth of martial arts fighting techniques to create a captivating new generation of DEAD OR ALIVE combat. Players take on the roles of the legendary cast of DOA fighters in an action-packed brawler set in visually striking locations from around the world. The famed DEAD OR ALIVE hand-to-hand combat unfolds in new 3D stages that dynamically change as the fight progresses. DEAD OR ALIVE 5 was developed by Team NINJA and published by Tecmo Koei.

All DEAD OR ALIVE 5 content for PlayStation 3, including DLC items, will be compatible with the upcoming DEAD OR ALIVE 5 PLUS game for PlayStation Vita, giving players a seamless DOA5 experience across console and handheld platforms while delivering maximum value.

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TECMO KOEI AMERICA CORP. is a publisher of interactive entertainment software for current generation consoles, handhelds and digital download content based in Burlingame, California. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of TECMO KOEI HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. TECMO is best known for the Dead or Alive®, Ninja Gaiden®, Tecmo Bowl®, and Fatal Frame® series. KOEI is best known for its Dynasty Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® franchises. On April 1, 2009, TECMO KOEI HOLDINGS CO., LTD was established as a result of the TECMO, LTD. and KOEI Co., Ltd. merger.

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