Kokoro, Lisa 'La Mariposa' Hamilton and new female character, NiCO, along with three new stages were announced at Team NINJA's 2018 Dead or Alive Festival. The studio released two trailers at the event, both with their own story sequences and gameplay demonstrations. Additionally, Team NINJA has updated their official Japanese website with new character biographies and stages.
The first reveal trailer opens outside of the 'DOA Colosseum' with Kokoro handing over a photograph to Helena of the sisters together with their father Fame Douglas. Kokoro tells Helena that NiCO gave her the old photograph, and Helena says she has no idea who NiCO is and that it wasn't NiCO's place to interfere. Kokoro's life has been shrouded by family secrets, and Helena is now forced into a corner to reveal more to her sister.
While the Miyabi stage does not bluntly explain its placement in the story, this old tea-town is the first place we see Kokoro fight in DOA6. She takes her frustrations out on Helena using a Heichu mid-kick, and a new air grab after her 7K launch that will make opponents bounce off the ground for a follow up attack. There are a few obstacles to knock your foe through at Miyabi, and Kokoro's flashy special combo and break blow finish her demo.
Lisa is shown in next clip and makes an entrance on Mila and Tina's gym training. Tina asks Lisa if she is better now, and the scene transitions to the 'Team Muscle' stage and Lisa transforms into La Mariposa! She doesn't have anything to say about Hayate yet, she just wants to get into the ring and wrestle as a Luchador!
Even though some of Lisa's opening moves are recycled from DOA5, Team NINJA's mastery of animation has always been mind blowing with this character and her attacks continue to look incredibly quick and fluid. The special combo and new throws add to the sheer quality of La Mariposa's move list. In this short preview Team NINJA was able to emphasize the importance of using many different types of throws (Air, BT Air, Ground) when using a grappling character like Lisa.
NiCO's reveal trailer begins outside of the trashed Zack Isand, and the shady Scientist is working on a prototype Raidou that Christie wants to know more about. The next scene takes place inside of the 'Zero' Mist research facility (that is strongly hinted by Team NINJA to be on Zack Island) and NiCO continues to ignore Christie's questions.
Victor Donovan's Scientist is full of insane lightning strikes and her fighting style is based off of Pencak Silat. NiCO has plenty of awesome throws and can teleport behind her opponent for guaranteed damage. She also looks to have a pretty evasive game, not just with her teleport, but also lows and range possibilities.
Team NINJA hit a lot of good notes at the Dead or Alive Festival. The community was treated to a great DOA5 tournament, three new character reveals and even a custom costume mode. With this event Team NINJA has found a way to please all of their players, and FSD will continue to inform you on anything else that may have emerged from the public demo at DOA Festival.