The version 1.03 update for developer Team NINJA's Dead or Alive 5 fighting game is available now for PlayStation 3 owners and January 29 for Xbox 360 owners. This update contains a wealth of new content including a free new island stage, gameplay updates and improvements, and three new DLC packs featuring stunning new swimsuit collections to take full advantage of the new Zack Island tropical island setting.
On the new island stage, known as Zach Island, battles take place on a large beach and can carry into the waves of the neighboring sea. The water is a "slip zone" where characters are more vulnerable to lower body attacks, which can stagger opponents. Furthermore, tropical items such as coconuts can fall from trees when shaken or hit during battles, so players will need to watch out for falling objects.
The general tweaks and improvement brought to Dead or Alive 5 through update 1.03 include combat adjustments and new fighting moves, online gameplay adjustments and improvements, and updated content and movie upload functions. Team NINJA states these updates are based on player feedback.
The three swimsuit DLC packs each have beach-going swimwear for four different fighters. Pack 1 features new swimsuits for Kasumi, Kokoro, Helena, and Sarah; Pack 2 has swimwear for Hitomi, Leifang, Mila, and Pai; and Pack 3 features swimming outfits for Ayane, Christie, Tina, and Lisa. All three packs are currently available for download on the PlayStation Store and via the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 on January 29th.
All Dead or Alive 5 content for PlayStation 3, including DLC items, will be compatible with the upcoming Dead or Alive 5 Plus game for PlayStation Vita, giving players a seamless DOA5 experience across console and handheld platforms.