Dead or Alive 5: Director wants more cameos, ‘Ryo from Shenmue would be ideal’

Friday, 17th August 2012 07:58 GMT By Dave Cook

Dead or Alive 5 director Yosuke Hayashi would like more cameos in Dead or Alive 5 after launch, and revealed to VG247 that his ideal cameo would be Ryo from Shenmue. He also explained the relationship between Team Ninja and Sega in greater detail.

Hayashi said, “Actually not a lot of people may know this but the first Dead or Alive game that came out in arcades was actually made with the Virtua Fighter arcade engine. So that’s how the first ever Dead or Alive project came about.”

“We didn’t aim to be where Virtua Fighter was, but because we used its engine as our base, we obviously had some kind of connection with Sega. So when we decided to make Dead or Alive 5 we went to see them and to say, ‘Hey, we’re making this game’, and through conversation we asked if Sega could join us in this celebration of our comeback.

“Sega then said OK, and thanks to our connections in the past they thought it’d be fun, so why not do it? So we got the characters and Sega was very cooperatively actually, in letting us adjust them for our game. We were in very close contact with their development team.”

“We got their guidance and feedback, we got them to check for everything we were doing with the characters. Because of that kind of close communication, we managed to pull off a fairly close system to the original Virtua Fighter characters.”

When we asked if there were other dream cameos Hayashi would like to see in the game, he replied, “Speaking of Sega characters, I’d say the main character from Shenmue. When considering a cameo for a fighting game, you have to look at someone who can actually fight. After the release of Dead or Alive 5 we’d like to explore cameos further, but at the moment…it’s a secret”

Dead or Alive 5 is out 25 September in Europe on Xbox 360 and PS3



  1. Patashnik

    In terms of fighting style – Ryo would fit nicely in DoA’s system.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Kabby

    I’d rather have Lan-Di. Ryo is a pussy.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. MThaoZ012

    YEEAH! if Ryo is in Dead Or Alive 5, Ill buy when it release that is AWESOME!
    Include I want Lan Di in Dead Or Alive 5 and make Ryo and Lan Di Rivals on Dead Or Alive 5. I would like too see Ryo and Lan Di fight on Dead Or Alive 5. but especially I would like to see Ryo fight with Lan Di on Shenmue 3 more though. :) So the Cross-Over characters will be Ryo, Lan Di, Akria, and Sarah. 2 Shenmue Character, and 2 Vitura Fighter. That will be EQUAL and FUN! :P But….. I wish Shenmue 3 come’s out is been 10 and a half years already.

    #3 2 years ago

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