Dead or Alive and Uncharted are completely different game series. Yet, Team Ninja took inspiration from Naughty Dog’s action-adventure series in making the studio’s latest fighter.
Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi said: “For Dead Or Alive 5 we took a lot of inspiration from Naughty Dog. Specifically it was the whole stage crumbling, and things falling off, and the characters rolling down, grabbing on to the ledges in Uncharted. We also wanted to hint at that flow you get into in Uncharted, where you know that something massive is about to happen. In Uncharted you fall off a cliff, or off a boat and things like that, and we thought moments like that would be great in DOA5′s fighting system. We got really inspired by that, and we’ve tried to do something very similar.
“…I think that we definitely were inspired by Naughty Dog’s work. It’s not like we’re doing a cheap, superficial imitation of that game. As creators we were inspired, and it’s a good opportunity right now to tell our players about this. It’s something they might not notice, but we really respect Naughty Dog, their work is fantastic.”