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A new version of Koei Tecmo's ninja-based fighting game Dead or Alive is coming, and it is bringing a few alterations to the series.

According to IGN, the biggest gameplay changes are the new Special button and the addition of a super meter. Hitting the Special button now activates an auto-combo called Fatal Rush when a player's meter is not full, but can grant either a Break Blow or Break Hold once the meter is full. The Break Blow is a powerful attack, while the Break Hold is a strong counter.

The game is also going through visual changes, as the focus of this installment has been to change perceptions of the game. "We wanted to make a more cool and mature Dead or Alive this time, and to that end we made a conscious decision to make the characters less sexualized," DOA6's producer and director Yohei Shimbori said. This realism is extending to the overall art direction of the game, but DOA will still retain the series' "sci-fi fantasy atmosphere."

For now only six fighters have been confirmed for DOA6, including mainstays Ryu Hayabusa, Kasumi, Hayate, Helena, Jann Lee and Zack.

Readers can check out the game's trailer below. Dead or Alive 6 is coming to PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One sometime in 2019.

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