Los Angeles, CA - October 26, 2005 —Tecmo and Bungie Studios announced today that Team NINJA, Tecmo's highly regarded internal development studio, and Bungie Studios have teamed up to bring Spartan-458, a one-of-a-kind character from the "Halo" video game, as an unlockable playable character in the highly anticipated launch title Dead or Alive 4, for the next-generation Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Along with the new character, the two development teams are also introducing a "Halo"-inspired environment as an unlockable fighting stage in Dead or Alive 4. Both the new character and environment will be featured in the game when it hits shelves, along with the launch of the Xbox 360 system, this holiday season.
The idea for the collaboration began about two years ago when the heads of both teams, Bungie's Pete Parsons and Team NINJA's Tomonobu Itagaki, met at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Both are huge fans of their respective studios' work and thought it would be a great idea to team up on a future project. What better way to do so than to introduce a hidden character from "Halo" in the next generation world of Dead or Alive 4 on the Xbox 360 system?
"The opportunity to work with Team Ninja and combine our powers to strike yet another blow in our quest for world domination, was too alluring to pass up," said Pete Parsons, Studios Manager at Bungie Studios, during a Game Informer interview in their January issue. "Plus, we just think the idea of putting a Spartan into a DOA game totally kicks ass."
Team NINJA's outspoken head producer, Itagaki, commented on how the two very distinct worlds can co-exist in Dead or Alive 4 , "Our first priority was, above all else, is to remain truthful to Bungie's original design and background material. Then, ideally we were able to add a bit of Team NINJA's distinctive flavor on top," he said. "Think about it for a second: do you honestly believe there is anything out there that can't be accomplished with the technologies of Bungie and Team NINJA put together?"
Players will find out for themselves when Dead or Alive 4 explodes onto store shelves this holiday season as the premier fighting title for the next-generation Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Catch all the newest Dead or Alive 4 information and action-packed screens shots on Tecmo's official website at www.tecmogames.com.
About Dead or Alive 4
Taking advantage of the superior technology of the new Xbox 360 system, Dead or Alive 4 will be the defining gaming experience on the next-generation console as it will encompass all that Xbox 360 has to offer, giving players one of the most rewarding digital fighting experiences to date on a video game console.
Dead or Alive 4 will be the leader in fighting games as it once again raises the bar in both online and offline fighting. By utilizing the advanced technology of the new Xbox 360 hardware, Dead or Alive 4 will redefine 3-D graphics as the attention to detail is astounding from each strand of the character's hair to each cherry blossom falling from the sky, creating the most visually beautiful and realistic looking video game to date.
Dead or Alive 4's unsurpassed online capabilities via the Xbox Live online game service will set the stage for all online 3-D fighting games to follow as more players will be able to play Dead or Alive 4 simultaneously online to compete in larger more impressive Xbox Live tournaments around the globe. Dead or Alive 4's online world will also include innovative and interactive online lobbies featuring voice and text chat, detailed online scoreboards, and an exciting feature that will allow DOA fans to form clans while playing Dead or Alive 4 on Xbox Live.
Dead or Alive 4 also boasts incredible new interactive stages, an all star line-up of old and new favorite characters, and the most complex DOA countering system yet, all adding up to the must-have video game to own along with Xbox 360 this holiday season.
For the most up to date information and newest action-packed fighting screens showcasing all the new DOA characters for Dead or Alive 4, check out the newly relaunched and super cool Tecmo website at www.tecmogames.com . Dead or Alive 4 will be the premier holiday title for 2005 when it hits retailers nationwide, only on the new Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.