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Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball Set for PSP

Does this news make Itagaki laugh, or cry?

This train ad has nothing to do with the new Dead or Alive game.

Ignoring the iPhone blackjack game, there are two main branches of the Dead or Alive series: the fighting branch, and the nonsense beach volleyball branch. PSP's Dead or Alive Paradise is based off the latter.

Revealed in this week's Famitsu, DOA Paradise is a PSP take on DOA Xtreme Beach Volleyball. Players experience a vacation on a paradise island with the girls from Dead or Alive.

Those girls include Ayane, Kokoro, Kasumi, Hitomi, Lei Fang, Elena, Lisa, Christy and Tina. The busty fighting babes will be joined by newcomer Rio, who makes her way over from a series of Tecmo-published pachislot games. She'll appear as the dealer in the game's casino mode.

Gameplay appears to include the activities that were available in 360 Xtreme Beach Volleyball sequel. The magazine shows Beach Volleyball, Pool Hopping, and Casino play spots. In the Casino, you can play poker, black jack, and slots.

The focus of the game is on the girls, of course. Similar to past entries you can use money that you win in mini games to purchase items, including swimwear, from a sports shop. These can be given to the girl of your choosing. If the girl accepts a swimwear item from you, she'll put it on.

You can also just go around observing the girls if you like. If you've purchased a camera, you can take pics and store them in an album for future viewing.

Past DOA Xtreme Beach Volleyball games were made by DOA series creator Team Ninja. The Famitsu article makes no mention of the studio in its information blurb about the game, so perhaps another studio is working on this.

Those who want to interact with the DOA girls on the go can look forward to Dead or Alive Paradise's April 2 release.

In addition to the game's standard ¥5,229 version, Tecmo is readying two limited edition boxes:

  • Secret Paradise Box: Priced at ¥7,329, this includes an image book, a special box, and a soundtrack CD.
  • Kasumi Figure & Secret Paradise Box: Priced at ¥15,729, adds in a figure of Kasumi in a pink bikini and on all fours (almost... one of her hands is raised as she looks back as if urging you to approach).

All buyers who reserve will get a mysterious "Bath Poster" item.

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