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Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate has online 2 vs. 2, a new ranking system and a lot of costumes

S. Prell, @SamPrell

In addition to the new characters, stages, and modes, Tecmo has announced that Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will update its Grade Point system, add a new Character Points system, an online two vs. two tag mode, and have 231 costumes to choose from when the game launches on September 3 for Xbox 360 and PS3.

Character Points will let you know how good an opponent is with the fighter they've selected, as well as their world ranking. Meanwhile, the four-player online tag mode will pit two teams of two players each against each other. Both winning players in an online tag match earn Grade Points, which count towards unlocking new costumes.

Sadly, we're relatively certain none of the costumes will be a thong bikini for the sexiest of DOA's fighters, Bass.

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Team NINJA, today released information for DEAD OR ALIVE 5 ULTIMATE highlighting new features including an online "2 on 2" tag mode, "Prize Fighter" rank, the introduction of Character Points and costumes in addition to a updated Grade Point system and improved online play.

For the first time ever in the DOA series an online 2 vs. 2 tag mode has been added. Developed and integrated due to high demand from DOA fans around the world, players will now be able to form a tag team with a comrade and fight against another team online. Additionally, players can battle in ranked tag matches in order to become #1 in the world rankings. Separate from solo matches, in tag matches Grade Points (GP) are earned for both team members with each win counting as two toward unlockable costumes.

Fiercely competitive DOA players can compete to attain the new "Prize Fighter" ranking. Four different ranks can be earned by winning consecutive ranked matches: Bronze Fighter, Silver Fighter, Gold Fighter and Platinum Fighter. Prize Fighters earn extra Grade Points with wins and those who defeat another Prize Fighter receive a GP bonus. Grade Points have been updated now allowing for players to earn up to Grade U from S+. Bonus GPs are rewarded when fighters move to the next grade level.

Adding to the competitive arena is the introduction of "Character Points" (CP) which displays a player's skill level with each character. With the inclusion of the CP feature, players can check if their opponent is using their best character and even see where they place in the world ranking.

Improvements made for online mode enhance gameplay, providing a smoother experience regardless of the player's network connection, and cutting search times to find opponents for ranked matches and unranked throw downs.

Players will find an almost endless array of costumes to select from in DEAD OR ALIVE 5 ULTIMATE. While DEAD OR ALIVE 5 included 114 costumes with the game, DEAD OR ALIVE 5 ULTIMATE will come with 231 costumes. Players will need to compete and win to unlock the entire selection.

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