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Dead or Alive 7 Was in Development, But It Was Later Cancelled

Dead or Alive 7 Was in Development, But It Was Later Cancelled - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 06 May 2022 / 3,254 Views

Team Ninja's Hiroaki Morita via Twitter revealed that after the release of Dead or Alive 6 a small team was working on Dead or Alive 7 and on small updates for the sixth entry in the fighting series.

Morita said that just before the series director Yohei Shinbori retired the team working on Dead or Alive 7 was disbanded and the game ultimately cancelled.

Once the news was shared, Morita made his Twitter profile private, however, you can still check out the tweet on the Way Back Machine here.

Dead or Alive 7 Was in Development, But It Was Cancelled

Dead or Alive 6 released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 1, 2019.

Thanks, Wccftech.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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15 Comments
thevideogameninja (on 06 May 2022)

More time to work on the jiggle physics.

-PRIORITIES NINJA APPROVED-

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vgmkyle (on 06 May 2022)

I'm the main writer for DOA community (www.freestepdodge.com) we did an examination of the Tweet in depth and reached out to the community manager. This person took a lot of what we already knew and mixed that with lies. I reached out to the person with the provided email address for an interview and I was sent a mailer daemon send failure. A lot of people were deceived by this person, but there is no Hiroaki Morita working at Koei Tecmo games.

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Hiku vgmkyle (on 07 May 2022)

Sounded like a weird thing to cancel when it's seemingly making them money through so much DLC content.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 07 May 2022)

Does dead or alive franchise even have good sales record?

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shikamaru317 LivncA_Dis3 (on 08 May 2022)

Well, Dead or Alive 1 saved Tecmo from bankruptcy in 1996, allowed them to pull in $9.2m in profit in a quarter in which they would have had been majorly in the negative were it not for DoA's release.

DoA 2 was the 2nd bestselling Arcade cabinet the month it released, and went on to sell 2.2m lifetime between Arcade cabinets, Dreamcast and PS2.

Dead or Alive 3 dropped the series from Arcades in favor of exclusivity to the original Xbox, yet even as an Xbox exclusive it managed to sell more than 2m lifetime, including 1.3m+ copies in the US.

Dead Or Alive 4 sold more than 1m copies in the first year, but we never got any sales updates after that, though it seemed to be trending toward around 2m lifetime.

By the time DoA 5 released, series creator Tomonobu Itagaki had resigned from Tecmo and had sued them for a withheld bonus he was promised for DoA 4 meeting sales expectations, as well as for defamatory comments that Tecmo President Yoshimi Yasuda had made about Itagaki in front of his colleagues. The loss of Itagaki hurt the series alot. Despite dropping Xbox exclusivity in favor of a 4 platform release on 360/XB1/PS3/PS4, DoA 5 only managed to sell 1.5m copies, compared to the previous 2 games seemingly selling 2m+ on Xbox alone and Xbox 360 alone respectively. However, they adopted a freemium model as well, with the free version of the game getting an additional 3.5m+ players, as they moved to a model that was focused heavily on DLC, with rotating free fighters and the ability to purchase fighters to own them permanently, with some very high priced DLC costumes as well.

DoA 6 seemingly flopped pretty hard, the paid version of the game sold just 350k copies in the first month across all platforms, with the free version getting 2m downloads in the first 9 months. DLC support and tournaments for DoA 6 were cancelled within 13 months of release, compared to 3+ years of DLC and tournaments for DoA 5. Sadly it is looking like Koei Tecmo has managed to kill the series within 2 games of losing series creator Itagaki, mainly thanks to their DLC greed.

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LivncA_Dis3 shikamaru317 (on 08 May 2022)

Doa was more of a niche fighting game unlike heavy hitters like Tekken sf and mk

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vgmkyle (on 07 May 2022)

"Team Ninja's Hiroaki Morita..."

Why is this story still up? There is no Hiroaki Morita that works for Team NINJA. This is fake news (now I know the meaning of it).

Oh, and just to add insult to injury you didn't do your research at all as the author of this post. It's Yohei Shimbori - not Shinbori.

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hinch (on 07 May 2022)

From a random Reddit account made in April? Definitely fake.

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Kanemaru (on 06 May 2022)

All that matters is that DOA Extreme 4 is in development.

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victor83fernandes (on 06 May 2022)

I haven't been into fighters since the fight night round 4 on the 360.
I don't see the appeal anymore unless you play with friends.
They need to change the formula, like having an adventure where you move forwards and meet people to fight or something.

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