Let’s be honest, we all knew this was going to be a thing eventually. Ever since a certain company which shall not be named (it rhymes with Mapmom) decided that one version of a fighting game is simply not enough, and that introducing a rebalanced version with a few new fighters merits a completely standalone re-release, every other developer working hard on a fighting game reasonably wanted to get in on that sweet repackaging action. Not to be left out in the cold with their silly single-release profits, Tecmo Koei has finally officially announced Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate.
Confirming the title’s existence to Famitsu after a not-so-subtle tease last month, details are scarce on what exactly this version of DOA 5 will contain. Aside from obvious jiggle-physics, Ultimate will definitely feature a few new fighters, with Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword‘s Momiji being the first confirmed new addition to the roster. Aside from that, expect a host of balance tweaks, and keep a few fingers crossed for a new feature or two. There’s no firm release date yet (innuendo that if you must, this is after all a DOA article) but Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
I honestly hope no one is genuinely surprised DOA 5 is getting a “Super” version. The only question now is, “when can we expect the Hyper Arcade Edition?” All joking aside, I’m not sure how developers expect to make much money on initial releases from here on out. This industry already punishes early adopters, rewarding those who “wait for the Game of the Year edition” that includes all of the DLC for one low price. Now it’s almost impossible to commit to buying a fighting game when the inevitable superior version is always less than a year away. Where’s the reward for loyalty?
If I were these developers, I’d be giving my early adopters a free upgrade to the superior version of the game, just as a way of saying “thanks.” It’s sort of disappointing we live in a world where considerate developers like CD Projekt Red, who offered a free upgrade to their “enhanced” version of The Witcher and always express appreciation and gratitude to their fans, deserve praise for simply looking out for their loyal consumers. Not that they don’t deserve praise for their great work and consumer-friendly practices, but we shouldn’t be supporting an industry where we have to reward kindness, as if it’s some treat we only deserve on special occasions. I guess where I’m going with this is that developers have to do a much better job of appreciating early adopters and loyalists, or risk abysmal sales and broken trust.
That’s my say, but what do you guys and gals think about the announcement of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate? Are you looking forward to seeing an upgraded version of the game? Do re-releases like this entice you to get back into a game? Let us know in the comments below.