Those wanting to get involved with Koei Tecmo's upcoming Dead or Alive 5: Last Round are going to have a number of options – some of which depend on the console they own.
First and foremost, while the game will launch both physically and digitally on PS4 and Xbox One and digitally on PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 20th, the PC version coming to Steam will now not arrive until March 30th.
(Remember, too, that the PC version is currently planned to launch without online multiplayer support.)
PS4 and Xbox One owners will also have the option of sampling a taster version of the game called Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters.
On PS4 Core Fighters will be free to download and include four fighters along with almost every game mode”. Users are then able to expand upon this via microtransactions.
The situation is different on Xbox One, where a demo version of Last Round will be available consisting of the same free-to-download fighters and features” as the PS4 download. However, this version won't be expandable via microtransactions. Instead, Core Fighters will be available to buy, although it will be discounted for two weeks upon release.
One purchased, four fighters will be added to the game and further microtransactions will be available. The prices, both during and after discount, are yet to be revealed.
Confused? Yes, us too. We've copied in the direct text from the press release on the off chance it clarifies things a little for you:
Players wanting a taste of what DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round has to offer can play the main game content in DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round: CORE FIGHTERS free of charge. PlayStation 4 players will have access to the free-to-download version via the PlayStation Network which includes four fighters - Ayane, Hayate, Kasumi and Ryu Hayabusa - and almost every game mode will be available. Xbox One players will have access to a free trial version of Last Round via the Xbox Games Store consisting of the same free-to-download fighters and features as noted above, but is not expandable via additional purchases. Xbox One users wanting an extended experience can purchase DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round: CORE FIGHTERS at a launch discount price for the first two weeks after the games release. The purchased Xbox One version of Core Fighters includes all of the contents as the free trial, but adds four more fighters to the mix in Hitomi, Tina, Jann Lee and Bass, and is expandable from there via additional purchases.