Dead or Alive 6 Beta Gets a Surprise PS4 Release, Two Additional Fighters Revealed

Interested in the upcoming Dead or Alive 6, but want to try before you buy? Well, if you’re a PS4 owner, you’re in luck, as Koei Tecmo has just dropped a surprise beta for the fighter. The beta kicked off this morning at 7am PT, will continue until January 14, and requires a PlayStation Plus subscription to play. No word yet on whether the Dead or Alive 6 beta will eventually come to PC and Xbox One, but Koei Tecmo is saying it’s exclusive to PS4. Here’s what the beta includes:

The Beta consists of Online Versus mode and will feature four iconic characters from DOA’s past, including Kasumi, Ayane, Hayate, and Hayabusa, as well as one of the most-anticipated newcomers to the roster, “The Uncrowned Street Hero,” Diego. All fights will take place on the main stage of the Dead or Alive 6 tournament -- the DOA Colosseum -- complete with exploding ring ropes.

Koei Tecmo has also released a new trailer confirming two additional fighters – Nyotengu, who will be a pre-order exclusive, and Phase 4, who’s exclusive to those who purchase the digital deluxe version. Check them out in action, below.

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Here’s the official rundown on Nyotengu and Phase 4:


Legends of the Nyotengu has always persisted in mountainous regions of Japan. Her beauty is famed throughout the land, and has been spoken of for generations. Once again, she has descended to the human realm to appease her boredom. She was attracted by the rumors of one Ryu Hayabusa, the human who defeated Bankotsubo.

Fighting Style: Manjū – Nyotengu’s powerful Tengu-do strikes are difficult to imagine from her graceful beauty, and she skillfully uses her wings to execute aerial attacks that defy human capabilities.

Phase 4

Phase 4 is a man-made weapon that still retains the memories and personality of the one she was cloned from. Her codename is “Kasumi Alpha Phase 4.” This first prototype model had already passed the operational test in a warzone, and has entered the mass-production stage.

Fighting Style: Unknown – Her technique is based on Kasumi’s Mugen Tenshin Ninjutsu, with added improvements, the exact nature of which are highly classified. Every aspect of this human weapon is veiled in a black mist of secrecy.

Dead or Alive 6 will launch with 24 characters, including Brad Wong, Eliot, Kokoro, Lisa Hamilton, Ayane, Ryu Hayabusa, Bayman, Christie, Hayate, Helena Douglas, Hitomi, Honoka, Jann Lee, Kasumi, Leifang, Marie Rose, Nyotengu, Zack, Bass, Tina, Mila, Rig, and newcomers Diego and Nico.

Dead or Alive 6 recently suffered a small delay – the game will now hit PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on March 1.

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