Dead or Alive Ultimate has been delayed until summer 2004 in the US and Europe, developer Tecmo explained last week. DOA Ultimate, which consists of the original Saturn version of the Dead or Alive beat-'em-up, and a port of Dead or Alive 2 redesigned to look spesh on the Xbox, should make a sizeable contribution to Microsoft's E3 offering. Both games will support Xbox Live features.
"We have made the decision to push back launch date to improve on the game's quality, increase its volume to a more satisfactory level, and to offer a better service," Tecmo told our reporter, who wrote it down and put it in this article. "We appreciate the support from all fans of the Dead or Alive, and we will polish the game to make it meet the strong expectations from everyone."
We vaguely tried to contact Microsoft UK for comment, but they're variously on planes with slack colleagues and off sick. Get well soon, MC!
Tecmo's other game du jour meanwhile, Ninja Gaiden, debuted to critical acclaim in the States last week and should be out here in May. We'll be reviewing the US version in the next fortnight or so.