Continuing to provide new content for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round in addition to generating hype for their upcoming hack ‘n’ slash strategy game Samurai Warriors 4 Empires, Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja have announced that the worlds of these two games will collide in a new content release for DOA5:LR this March.
Samurai Warriors 4 character Naotora Ii joins the battle alongside the triumphant (and free) return of the Azuchi castle stage from Dead or Alive 3 on 17th March. This is in addition to a brand new set of Samurai Warriors inspired DLC costumes being made available for purchase on March 29th. Fans who purchased the game’s third season pass will automatically receive all this content.
Of course, these is a bit of lore surrounding Naotora Ii’s appearance in the Dead or Alive universe:
Dragged into a mysterious portal by-way-of a M.I.S.T. time-travelling experiment, the ruler of Japan’s Warring States era Ii Clan, Naotora Ii, emerges in present-day next to a competitor of the DEAD OR ALIVE fighting tournament. Given no other choice but to fight for her life, and keeping her family motto of ‘once on the battlefield, one must face the enemy head on’ in mind, a determined Naotora sets out to emerge victorious from this strange new challenge. Specialising in kick-based attacks, Naotora developed her signature ‘Ii Style Leg Strikes’ fighting style after serving under Yoshimoto Imagawa, who based his techniques on his mastery of the traditional Japanese ball game “kemari.” The quick and powerful strikes from her long legs make her a formidable rival to anyone who steps into the ring!
For those who do not have access to a season pass, Naotora Ii will be available as a standalone purchase for €5.99. Her debut costume pack can be picked up for €7.99, or as a character+costumes bundle for €11.99. She will be available first on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One starting March 17th, to be followed up by a PC release on March 29th.
You can find some screenshots of the new content below: