In a surprise turn of events, Koei Tecmo has announced a special tournament event for Dead or Alive 5: Last Round during Evo 2018. I made a video earlier this year discussing the possible end of the franchise. Though they’ve said they will still support new games in the future, I wasn’t holding my breath. Especially since Team Ninja is still working on that dumpster fire Dissidia NT. This does give me hope that they will maybe announce a new game? Who knows! But, what’s certain is that high level DOA5 play will be seen at Evo this year.
Yosuke Hayashi (Producer) and Yohei Shimbori (Director), offered this statement regarding the tournament:
To the DEAD OR ALIVE fans and fighting game fans, thanks to you all we are proudly announcing that DOA5 Last Round will take part in the world’s largest fighting game festival, EVO.
5 years have passed since the DOA5 series started and it’s been played by more than 10 million gamers. Meanwhile, the DOA community has expanded to become larger than ever before.
To proceed to the next stage, we announced the end of the DOA5 series in December, but to my surprise the gods of fighting games have given us another chance to let players enjoy this franchise at an event once more Though it’s a side tournament, the fact that DOA is joining EVO itself is key, and something which we have been longing for over 10 years.
So, I hope you will join and enjoy the show!
KOEI TECMO Europe invites fighters to celebrate 22 years of the iconic fighting series, DEAD OR ALIVE (DOA), and is excited to announce the “DEAD OR ALIVE EVO Showdown 2018” at the Evolution Championship Series 2018 (EVO 2018) from the 3rd to the 5th August 2018 – featuring DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round! This grand celebration of the DOA fighting franchise will offer fans the opportunity to meet fellow competitors and gain access to some exclusive merchandise which will only be available at EVO 2018.
Not much more information regarding the event is available right now. Be sure to check the official Evo site in the next coming weeks for updates on how to attend and participate in the event.