Prior to the release of Dead or Alive 5, developer Team Ninja sussed out what they need to do for game balance by going out to tournaments and speaking with competitive players in Japan. They wanted to make DOA5 something tournament players would be happy with.
Even after Dead or Alive 5 has been released, Team Ninja’s been garnering feedback from players in order to improve the game’s balance – without making any changes that might revoke all the hard work players put into practice, or killing off character individuality for the sake of balance.
They want to support the DOA competitive scene, and reward their loyal fans. And so far they’ve been doing that pretty well (I’m guessing that the screenshot they shared today to accompany their announcement is a nod to them knowing who the top tier characters in DOA5 are).
But today, Team Ninja and publisher Koei Tecmo is taking their efforts one step further.
Today, Koei Tecmo announced that they will organise a Japan-wide Dead or Alive 5 Official Tournament 2012, with qualifiers in four Japanese cities in the Tokyo (well, actually, Kanagawa), Fukuoka, Hyogo, and Aichi prefectures.
The first qualifier to be held will be in the Tokyo/Kanagawa area. Specifically, it’ll take place on November 18 at the Mukogaoka-Yuen branch of Koei Tecmo’s “Amusement Tecmopia” arcade.
This will be followed by a November 25 qualifier in Fukuoka, to be held at Sega’s Hyper Messe arcade.
Next, Hyogo prefecture’s qualifier will take place December 1 at Amusement Tecmopia’s Itami branch.
And finally, the last qualifier will take place in Aichi on December 2, at Club Sega Nagoya Fushimi.
Winners of each qualifier will be invited and seeded into the grand finals, a 32-player tournament to be held December 9 in Tokyo at Koei Tecmo’s offices.
It’s unclear at this point how many players from each qualifier will be seeded, but prior to the commencement of the grand finals at 11AM, there will be a “last-chance” qualifier for players to try and earn a spot in the 32-man grand finals on the same day.
The tournament in its entirety will be conducted on the PS3 version of Dead or Alive 5, and the rules are as follows:
- You’re not allowed to change characters in the tournament (with the exception of the tournament finals, during which you are allowed to change once).
- Matches are a “best of five rounds” (first to three rounds wins)
- Before your match a rock-paper-scissors game will be conducted to determine 1P and 2P positions.
- You’re allowed to use your own controllers (Hori’s Dead or ALive 5 fightstick and regular Dual Shock 3 controllers will bre provided at the tournament premises)
- Timer for 1 round is set to 60 counts. Health to “normal”. And stage to “random”.