Dead or Alive’s lead heroine is finally crossing over to the other video game franchise that Koei Tecmo’s Team Ninja is famous for. As a playable character, that is – Kasumi previously made a brief cameo appearanc in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2… an enhanced version of which happens to be headed to the PS Vita next year (you know what I’m thinking, Team Ninja?).
An update to Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge on the Wii U sometime in the future will add the DOA protagonist into the game as a playable character – for free. She appears in the game not in her default Dead or Alive costume that’s been with her since the first game, but in the sexy stealth suit that you unlock later on once you’re close to clearing the Story Mode in DOA5.
Kasumi is the second uch free DLC character to be added Razor’s Edge; the first DLC character Team Ninja announced was Momiji who made her first appearance in the Nintendo DS action title Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword.
Developer Team Ninja has not yet determined a date as to when the Kasumi DLC update would be ready, but what they do have is a date for the previously announced Momiji DLC: December 8 is when fans can expect to go hands-on with Momiji and her trademark Heavenly Dragon Naginata and Heavensong Bow weapons.
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is an enhanced port of Team Ninja’s 2011 PS3 and X360 action title, Ninja Gaiden 3, that adds several new weapons (for a total of six weapons: Katana, Scythe, Claws, Dual Katana, Staff and Kusari-Gama), improved enemy AI, new modes, and various other system tweaks like Ryu Hayabusa’s character upgrade path. A new playable character, Ayane, is also available in the game right from the get-go.
As a bonus, Team Ninja also said that they would add a number of free DLC characters to the Wii U port, and so far they’ve delivered quite amply on that promise with Momiji and Kasumi.
Will there be more DLC characters for Razor’s Edge? You know, now that Kasumi is in Ninja Gaiden 3, there is only one ninja left in DOA5 that hasn’t made the jump over as a playable character…
There is, however, one big problem with bringing over that last ninja from DOA5: the game’s playable cast would no longer comprise Ryu Hayabusa and his harem of demon/ninja-slaying babes.