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Team NINJA is Planning to Reboot Dead or Alive and NINJA Gaiden
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Some breaking news has been released today during Team NINJA's keynote at the South Korea G-Star conference by Fumihiko Yasuda that Dead or Alive and NINJA Gaiden reboots will be the future of the company after the release of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty & Rise of Ronin. The final image presented in the breaking story has been translated by key individuals in our community including @WAZAAAAA and @Matt Ponton respectively:


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Team NINJA's Future - Reboot of Popular Series - Images of NINJA Gaiden & Dead or Alive

There is a lot of information in this story, and we will break all of it down here at Free Step Dodge, but this looks like extremely positive evidence of a future and now is probably not...
First DOA2U XBOX LIVE Online Fights in Almost 13 Years
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The Insignia client for the original XBOX released today, and because of this, Matt Ponton was able to stream the first Dead or Alive 2: Ultimate online matches to happen on the original XBOX LIVE in almost thirteen years. Ponton selected Jann Lee to fight Echo's Ayane in a yellow bar online match, and surprisingly, this faceoff seemed smooth for a yellow bar quality bout.

Please stay tuned for more quality streaming from Matt Ponton. Give him a follow at Twitch as he is streaming the game at its highest possible quality and he's also very polite and helpful for players trying to setup their consoles to the service. Remember you must first get an invite by signing up at Insignia's site. There are further instructions at their official website to help you on your quest back to this incredible Team NINJA experience.

Ponton plans on streaming more later today and/or...
Koei Tecmo Will Continue to Utilize Day 1 Game Pass for AAA Titles
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Segment Next recently released a very informative and promising article featuring head of Team NINJA president Fumihiko Yasuda that entails financial objectives of the company moving forward after the release of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty next year. Before I even get started with this one, I would just like to state my opinion: Fumihiko Yasuda is the strongest and most interesting president Team NINJA has had since Tomonobu Itagaki. I love almost everything that comes out of this guy's mouth, and he's shown he cares about his player base maybe even more than Itagaki himself.

Koei Tecmo has also made massive improvements to how they conduct themselves, to how they treat their players and are working harder at giving them what they want. They are worth more money than they ever have been, they've...
Emery Reigns Supports DOA6++ Provides Short Install Guide
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Long-time professional DOA content creator, Emery Reigns is in full support of upgrading your purchased copy of Dead or Alive 6 to the fan-made and community driven take of Dead or Alive 6 ++. The mod is incredibly easy to install, but if you have a visual preference of learning check out his help video to get yourself upgraded!


This is a short update for everyone, but it's great to see endorsements coming out from big names of the community, and even if DOA6++ is not your cup of tea; if you've held onto DOA6 for this long you might as well peruse the patch notes and give it a shot. Update your game to Public Beta 2022.10.29 today!
DOA Player 1st to Solo Flawless Team NINJA's Gilgamesh
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Master NINJA Ryu is an Italian DOA player that organizes DOA tournaments and also specializes in other Team NINJA games such as the NINJA Gaiden franchise and Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin; Team NINJA's epic take on the classic Final Fantasy title. When Master NINJA Ryu plays a Team NINJA game, he takes aim at it and gives the game his full attention as proven with his recent achievement: being the first to defeat Team NINJA's take on Final Fantasy super boss - Gilgamesh without taking any damage at all.





This Final Fantasy title has the magic of Square and the gameplay polish of Team NINJA. DOA purists such as Destruction Bomb have gone as far to say that there are some DOA gameplay incorporations to Origin, and it shows that Team NINJA will always have a signature...
Download for Dead or Alive 6 ++ Beta
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If you're interested in playing an alternative Dead or Alive 6 on PC, you might enjoy trying out the beta for Dead or Alive 6 ++ a community project that puts the game mechanics in the hands of the fighters. This feels a lot like a DOA remix including: DOA4 stances, DOAD moves, insane damage buffs, the removal of the meter and all kinds of other possibilities that were never possible before. So far it has received strong support from Zakkurye (who already wants to do tournaments for it) and Emery Reigns is also giving DOA6 ++ some attention highlighting character changes on live stream.

Latest Dead or Alive 6 ++ Build

The latest build for DOA6 ++ is the Public Beta 2022.10.29 and now is the most important time to update and play for community feedback purposes so that players have the best...
Killy Defeats Hoodless & Wins KIT 2022
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'Kumite in Tennesse 2022' felt like a classic Dead or Alive offline tournament where the quality of matches stood out beyond anything else, but the talent, improvement of existing talent, standout new players and a grand finale that tells a story between two of the best fighters to ever play the game intensified everything. Viewership on Twitch was reassuring to people that thought DOA was completely dead in the water, engagement was certainly there in the chat and the general consensus of this tournament from the community seemed to be extremely positive. This is a great change in comparison to performances and viewership of DOA6 last year and will hopefully remain a constant as we move forward with 'Frosty Faustings' and other tournaments next year.

Winner & Loser Bracket Highlights


:mila: Memphis Legends vs Sub Boy :kokoro: :ayane:

For a while now there has been some hype circulating over what Sub...
Dead or Alive: Ultimate Online will be Revived for the original XBOX
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The original Dead or Alive: Ultimate is returning to XBOX LIVE on your original XBOX console through the free Insignia service releasing November 15th of 2022. This service will host 20 original XBOX games online at launch including mega hits such as Conker Live & Reloaded & Crimson Skies. The Insignia service is currently invitation only and you can register your email for a chance to join. We received our invitation within two days of requesting.

Insignia will always be free, and as long as your system has the current update and you are given an invitation from Insignia, it should be very easy to set yourself up to play DOAU again online on your original XBOX. Your ranking and leaderboard scores will be refreshed so the reboot of both games online can be seen as a clean slate and an equal playing field for the community.

If your XBOX system is modded you will be able to use Insignia, and there are convenient...
DOA6 Offline Fights Return to North America at Frosty Faustings XV
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After KIT 2022 Dead or Alive 6 will return to the offline scene next year at Frosty Faustings XV coming off another long hiatus. Lombard, Illinois will be the fighting grounds of this tournament and the dates to save for this event will be February 3rd-4th of 2023. You will need to purchase a Spectator Pass to compete in this tournament and you will have until mid-January to do so.

There are not a lot of DOA events at this point in time, so hopefully the community sees it as something special and will register. If enough players register that will increase the amount of stream time our game will get at professional level, and this is of course always important.

Here is the official Frosty Faustings XV registration link (once again you will only need the Spectator Pass as this is a side tournament), and the official page for...
President Fumihiko Yasuda Positive About Existing Team NINJA IPs
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Notice for the readers: this news story does not confirm Dead or Alive 7 or a new iteration of Dead or Alive 6. The story does however imply great possibility for a future.

Video Games Chronicle's latest interview with Team NINJA studios president Fumihiko Yasuda was extremely revealing about the future for existing IPs, and while he was there primarily to do a collaborative interview with Bloodborne producer Maasaki Yamagiwa, he went out of his way to allude heavily in his dialogue that he cares about existing franchises and wants to do something when the timing is right like any other project they do at Team NINJA.

President Yasuda's delivery in this interview was well-thought, well-spoken, enjoyable to read, transparent and he has the best composure for press interviews we have seen from Team NINJA in over a decade. He controlled...
The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of Bass Armstrong as told by Awesmic
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Awesmic's storytelling ability and lore videos for the Dead or Alive franchise have been a refreshing take on series content and have kept things engaging for players waiting patiently for the possibility of a new game or updated DOA6. One of his more recent videos was all about the incredible professional wrestler, Bass Armstrong, and while some overlook his character; Bass is one of the more complex fighters on the DOA roster. The relationship between father and daughter is something that's often overlooked in games, and the story between Bass & Tina tells it realistically.


To no surprise, Matt Ponton contributed to this story, and when you take a great storyteller like Awesmic and combine it with Ponton's knowledge on the character - it's going to be a complete take. The story of Bass couldn't have been told any better. Though it would be nice to know who won between Bass and Brad Wong in the Dead or Alive 4...
Koei Tecmo & Team NINJA at TGS 2022 Live-Stream
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Team NINJA has made some pretty big announcements concerning their latest games at this year's Tokyo Game Show. As expected, Dead or Alive 7 was not one of the games shown in the four plus hours of stream time. With that being said, the new Team NINJA games lead by Fumihiko Yasuda look very good and could serve as masterful time-burners for the community while we wait for another fighter. If another fighter even happens.

The first of the two new Team NINJA IPs shown is Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (announced initially at E3) and the game might be just another Nioh for some, but it's coming to Game Pass and XBOX, a platform that has yet to get a title like Nioh from Team NINJA. They released a surprise demo for the game on Playstation 5 & XBOX Series S|X and this will be available for around a week, which makes this a great time to give your feedback on Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty to Team NINJA...
Remembering Tad 'T-Boy' Meng
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Sadly, Tad 'T-Boy' Meng, a well-known member of our Dead or Alive community has passed away. The Texas fighter has befriended many DOA players, dating back to the XBOX 360 era of Dead or Alive 4. T-Boy was known for playing the wild-card, Ein and was always diligent and ready to help out other players so they could grow as fighters and most importantly as friends.

@Project Bokuho made the announcement on the competitive Facebook page and said in his post:

T-Boy and I have been best pals since the Absolute Battle/D.I.D. days. To everyone in this group, I ask that you please leave him and his family in your prayers

Team NINJA community manager, @MASTER, also had some uplifting things to say about T-Boy:

Hoodless Tournaments will be Dead or Alive 5: Last Round all July
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Hoodless recently made an announcement via his Twitter that he would be doing a Dead or Alive 5: Last Round special on Playstation for the month of July which gives you 4 weeks of new DOA5 tournament content to enjoy that starts on Independence Day. These tournaments are indeed online, but they will be worth your time as a competitor for the free entry and prize pot possibility. Please take a look at the available dates and register to the events that you can participate in.

As a quick reference the tournament dates this month are:

- July 4th (Independence Day) (Playstation)...
Team NINJA Announces First Big DLC for Final Fantasy: Stranger of Paradise
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Team NINJA makes a plethora of great different titles that are outside of the DOA fandom, and we are going to begin showcasing their different works such as Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, NINJA Gaiden, Nioh & Stranger of Paradise on the home page. Later on, this month there will be additional forums added to our subcategories which will include:

- Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
- Final Fantasy: Stranger of Paradise
- Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation

With three additional subforums, and Team NINJA news of every title, we not only intend to inform you on everything Team NINJA is doing, but we also want to attract players from these communities to the Dead or Alive series. The Dead or Alive series will always be the absolute main focal point at Free Step Dodge - but we want to also highlight the often times underrated Team NINJA. We truly believe at FSD that Team NINJA makes some of the best games of all time, and I think a good...
Team NINJA's Next Masterpiece Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
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Yes - a new stunning and impressionable IP took precedence over a new Dead or Alive or a new Ninja Gaiden from Team NINJA. While it could be viewed as peculiar to some, KOEI TECMO wasn't even planning to be at the show at all, so it was nice to see something from the team ahead of TGS. Plus, Phil Spencer brought up the importance of Japanese development being a part of their systems, and that they missed working with Team NINJA like they did in the past.

Team NINJA's last game was Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin and it was considered a great action-rpg for the fans of Final Fantasy I. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is also being categorized as an action-rpg. We don't know a lot about the game yet, but it's being headed by Fumihiko Yasuda, and he has in some capacity worked on every franchise Team NINJA has at their disposal and is most famous for working on Nioh. To make...
DOA6 Online Tournaments Have Been Profitable for Fighters
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Dead or Alive 6 has been coming back into our feeds with offline & online tournaments for your viewing and studious pleasure, but it's also been paying off to compete online, maybe even more so than offline - which might come as a bit of a shock for regular offline competitors. Because of the extremely generous and loyal DOA community, DOA6 accrued 1,039 USD for the month of May between the Emery Reigns Throw-Down & Hoodless Weekly. We are expecting higher numbers in future months because: interest has increased for Dead or Alive 6, people are anticipating more Emery Reigns Throw-Down events, more prominent players in the community are contemplating weekly tournaments of their own, and the consistency of Hoodless Weekly remains as constant as it does necessary.


Emery Reigns has been the biggest draw in the DOA community. He knows how to promote his material, he put the time into the community to deserve the...
Combo Breaker 22 & BAM 22 Replays
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This Saturday Dead or Alive 6 will be live streamed at Combo Breaker 22 for the duration of Top 4. NetBattles will begin streaming this offline tournament at 4PM EST and we will get 60-90 minutes of stream time. While this is a fairly short day for DOA6 it's encouraging to see the game return to events, and not only that, but to see that people are still interested in playing after such a long hiatus.


There are other recent tournaments that you May have missed this month: Hoodless live streamed his 100th weekly tournament this week, the Italian scene is still competing with their Elimination Round tournament, but the chances are really high that you didn't hear a thing about Australia's BAM 22 tournament that happened several days ago. BAM 22 was not a heavily promoted tournament, but the performance of fighters from this event is what made it so good. Check out the BAM...
100th Episode of Hoodless Weekly Live
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Hoodless is the Dead or Alive 6 World Champion, and he has been a superb one, offering the community a hosted online tournament every week that not only highlights our fighters, but helps get them paid in the process. This is his 100th week hosting this event and Master joins the festivities by congratulating the champion and joining the commentary team. Please join the chat tonight and give our champ some praise for his immense efforts for this community! If you haven't already - follow his adventures on Twitch & YouTube as he continues to do these incredible weekly tournaments.
Special Discount for all DOA games on XBOX
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If you're new to the Dead or Alive franchise and own just about any type of XBOX system, you can get the entire fighting series for 86.99. That's less than one of the season passes at regular price, but as a special bonus, these season passes are half off for XBOX players as part of the discount. This sale has just begun and will be running until the 23rd of May.

Dead or Alive 1: Ultimate is an underrated gem that many people new to the franchise have been curious about. The game is currently on sale for 7.99 and while it no longer includes online play or wide-screen support; the character models look really nice on XBOX S|X and I have spent a number of hours just enjoying it without needing to hook up my Saturn or Playstation. This is the cheapest title of the sale and a great start to your digital DOA library.

Dead or Alive 2: Ultimate and Dead or Alive 3, both look incredibly refreshing on S|X. Both of these titles are priced at 11.99 and...
Combo Breaker 22 Information & Tournament Refresher
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Today is the last day to register for the Illinois Combo Breaker event All In Together hosted by your DOA6 World Champion Hoodless. Dead or Alive 6 will be on the tournament stage for the first time in months. Seeing as how many fighters have improved their game drastically over the pandemic, it's extremely important that they bring some of that momentum to this event seeing that it's a great challenge to bring DOA6 up to where it was a few years ago after it has taken an extensive break from the offline scene.

You have until 9:59pm PDT today to register for this tournament. Keep in mind that while All In Together is free, you must buy a community pass to participate at this event. Also make reference to their Smash.GG. Stay tuned May 28th...

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