Looks like Dead or Alive 4 has slipped another couple of weeks in Japan.
According to a report from Game Watch, Tecmo's now planning to release the Xbox 360 beat-'em-up on December 29th in Japan. The developer said it regretted the need for the delay, but due to a stability problem with online head-to-head fighting it was unavoidable.
It had been down for the 17th. The original plan of course was to have it out on December 10th - this Saturday - to coincide with the Xbox 360's launch in the region, but Team Ninja's perfectionist attitude wouldn't permit it. During a recent interview, project head Tomonobu Itagaki remarked that he despised the release-now-patch-later culture and wouldn't go down that path with any of his games.
What this latest delay means for the game's European and US prospects is unknown at this point - the game had already been delayed in both regions, with most retailers quoting a mid January European date.