Virtua Fighter mascot Akira Yuki will feature as a playable character in Dead or Alive 5, SEGA, Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja have announced.

The addition of Akira to Dead or Alive 5 marks the first time ever that the Dead or Alive franchise has opened its roster to a character from another fighting game.

"Gamers will have an opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable battle with an esteemed competitor in Akira Yuki set in the Dead or Alive environment," said Yosuke Hayashi, studio head of Team NINJA. "This year will prove to be an amazing one for our loyal fighting fans as we are delivering a fantastic fighting game that can only been experienced in Dead or Alive 5."

Utilising a Chinese martial art known as Bājíquán, Akira has become a serious, well-disciplined fighter despite his past as an impulsive hot-headed youngster.

Dead or Alive 5 will be released later this year for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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