If what we’re hearing out of the European retail community is to be believed, it looks like the loss of Itagaki from Team Ninja has opened the doors for the Dead or Alive series to “broaden” it’s horizons.
It looks like retailers are already being made aware through distribution channels that DoA 5, the long anticipated sequel to Dead or Alive 4 on the Xbox 360 is indeed in the works as a multi-platform title. Details are still sketchy at this point (no specific platforms named), but we can assume that the 360 and PS3 are the prime candidates for the popular fighter to land on.
Typically we’d write off a rumor like this immediately, but when combined with recent news of an Xbox 360 exclusive going multi-platform, we’re kind of curious. While there’s still nothing concrete, it certainly makes sense with Xbox 360’s biggest backer (Itagaki) gone from Tecmo. The rumor is apparently getting through the distribution channels from Koei of Europe (now part of Tecmo) to retailers with Yosuke Hayashi’s name coming up as the producer.
We’re not writing this off as fake just yet, but we’re waiting for something more concrete before we get PS3 fans too excited. But with Yosuke Hayashi’s history on the PS3 (Ninja Gaiden Sigma series), we are certainly curious. We’ll keep you posted.