Dead or Alive 5: Last Round has a release date for Japan, along with news of a free version coming to current-gen consoles, per the latest issue of Famitsu. We’ve also updated the post with more information on the free version, as well as the European release date.
The fighter will be released on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in Japan on February 19.
The “basic free version”, which Gematsu said is similar to PS3’s Dead or Alive 5 Core Fighters, will allow PS4 and XO players to fight it out with owners of the paid version.
Those playing on PlayStation 4 will have access to the free-to-download version via PSN and it comes with four fighters – Ayane, Hayate, Kasumi and Ryu Hayabusa – and almost every game mode will be available.
Those playing on Xbox One will have access to a free trial version of Last Round via the Xbox Games Store consisting of the same free-to-download fighters and features as noted above, but is not expandable via additional purchases.
Those who want the “extended experience” can purchase Core Fighters for a “small fee.” This version includes all contents as the free trial, but adds four more fighters: Hitomi, Tina, Jann Lee and Bass, and is expandable from there via additional purchases.
Along with new stages such as “Danger Zone” from the original DoA and “Crimson” from DoA2, a new male and female character will appear in Last Round.The male is Nyotengu from the arcade version of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate while the other is a female fighter who has never appeared in earlier versions of Dead or Alive 5.
Players can transfer DLC from Dead or Alive 5 into the game. All users, regardless of platform, can transfer unlocked titles, costumes and Story Mode progress from the last-gen versions of DoA 5 Ultimate as well as compete with others through both the free and full retail version of Last Round.
Additional characters, Story Mode and other features can be accessed for a fee.
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will arrive in Europe on February 20 and we’re trying to find the North American date for you as we type.