Dead or Alive 5’s interactive stages were partially inspired by Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series, according to Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi.
Speaking with CVG, Yosuke said Team Ninja took “a lot of inspiration from Naughty Dog” for Dead or Alive 5.
“Specifically it was the whole stage crumbling, and things falling off, and the characters rolling down, grabbing on to the ledges in Uncharted,” he said.
“We also wanted to hint at that flow you get into in Uncharted, where you know that something massive is about to happen. In Uncharted you fall off a cliff, or off a boat and things like that, and we thought moments like that would be great in DOA5’s fighting system. We got really inspired by that, and we’ve tried to do something very similar.”
Yosuke hastened to add that Team Ninja didn’t produce a “cheap, superficial imitation” of Uncharted, but wanted to give a shout out.
“As creators we were inspired, and it’s a good opportunity right now to tell our players about this. It’s something they might not notice, but we really respect Naughty Dog, their work is fantastic.”