Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Core Fighters eclipses 500,000 downloads


Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Core Fighters, a free-to-play adaptation of Tecmo Koei's one-on-one fighting game series for the PlayStation 3, has been downloaded more than 500,000 times since its launch in September.

Released alongside the retail version of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, Core Fighters features a limited selection of characters and modes, offering a story component and other content via add-on purchases. Shortly after Core Fighters was announced, rival fighting game publisher Namco Bandai countered with the free-to-play Tekken Revolution, which has been downloaded more than two million times since June.

Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate and Core Fighters are updated with new content frequently, with last month bringing the release of Halloween-themed character costumes. Developer Team Ninja continues the trend with this week's launch of downloadable Tecmo Bowl uniforms for Bass, Bayman, Leon, Rachel, Tina and Zack. Players who purchase any of the six new football costumes will also receive a free downloadable copy of the retro football revival Tecmo Bowl Throwback for the PlayStation 3.
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TEAM NINJA THROWS TAILGATE PARTY CELEBRATING OVER 500,000 DOWNLOADS OF DEAD OR ALIVE 5 ULTIMATE: CORE FIGHTERS

TECMO BOWL THROWBACK Highlights Multiple Limited Time Incentives

Team NINJA kicks off several weeks of festivities complete with sports-themed costumes including Tecmo Bowl uniforms, new Emerald, Ruby and Topaz grades, limited time in-game and free content including the classic Tecmo Bowl Throwback, all in celebration of over half a million downloads of DEAD OR ALIVE 5 ULTIMATE: CORE FIGHTERS (DOA5U: CORE FIGHTERS).

Just in time for the football season, Tecmo Bowl uniforms for Bass, Bayman, Leon, Rachel, Tina and Zack are available for $1.99 each. For PlayStation®3 only, sets with both the character and Tecmo Bowl costume are available for $4.99 each, 15% less than the cost of purchasing the characters and costumes separately. As a bonus, Tecmo Bowl Throwback ($9.99 value) and DOA5U: CORE FIGHTERS are included with the purchase of any of the six Tecmo Bowl costumes or the full DEAD OR ALIVE 5 ULTIMATE Champion set ($16.99) through November 25 (PlayStation®3 only, additional purchases will not include multiple copies). Limited time offers also include the use of Leon and Rachel without charge for DOA5U: CORE FIGHTERS players through November 19 (PlayStation®3 only). Additional information can be found on the official DEAD OR ALIVE 5 ULTIMATE Tailgate Party website: http://teamninja-studio.com/doa5/ultimate/us/home.html#tailgate.

DEAD OR ALIVE 5 ULTIMATE heightens the signature DOA fighting style with the inclusion of new modes from DOA5 Plus, dynamic new stages, and deadly new fighters to deliver the ultimate in fighting entertainment. Players will take on the roles of their favorite DEAD OR ALIVE fighters-as well as combatants new to the franchise-in an intense, action-packed brawler set in visually striking locations from around the world. The famed DOA hand-to-hand combat is enhanced with new content that extends the experience. Along with a rich array of single-player modes including story mode, DEAD OR ALIVE 5 ULTIMATE offers online options with arcade-style matches, tournaments, and social features making it the most definitive DEAD OR ALIVE experience to date.

DEAD OR ALIVE 5 ULTIMATE is available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft at retailers nationwide and is rated "M" (Mature) by the ESRB. The game is also available for digital purchase through PlayStation® Store.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.