Director Yosuke Hayashi wants Shenmue's Ryo Hazuki in Dead or Alive 5

Dead or Alive 2 may have come out on the Dreamcast years ago, but the newest series iteration is looking more and more like the most Sega-centric DOA yet. Virtua Fighter’s Akira and Sarah Bryant have already made the roster, and in a recent interview with VG247, director Yosuke Hayashi said the collaboration was an impressively pleasant and tightly-knit process. The crossover is especially apropos, considering that the first arcade DOA was actually built on Virtua Fighter’s arcade engine.

But even more interesting is Hayashi’s desire for DOA 5’s next crossover cameo…

Speaking of Sega characters, I’d say the main character from Shenmue. When considering a cameo for a fighting game, you have to look at someone who can actually fight. After the release of Dead or Alive 5 we’d like to explore cameos further, but at the moment…it’s a secret.

While I highly doubt that something like this would come to fruition, it’s one hell of an exciting dream. Ryo would be a perfect addition to a technical fighter, and seeing him in a game that had one of its most popular iterations on the Dreamcast would just sweeten the nostalgic pot.

[Source: VG247

Readers Comments (6)

  1. NO.


    NO GOD NO.



  2. …Y–….Yes???

  3. I had thought and hoped for years that he would show up in a Virtua Fighter game.

  4. @Stooball
    Well we all know this is just on this guy’s wishlist, and it’s obviously quite unlikely. I think Sega would avoid anything that would give people false hope on the Shenmue front. Now, if he does show up in ANYTHING other than a Sega-themed mash-up game, then there’s reason to be excited, no matter what game it is. It means Sega is willing to bring him back into the public consciousness again.

    • That’s true, huh? I still use him in Sonic and Sega Allstar Racing!

      • yeah, me too.

        But unfortunately, including him in there doesn’t say a whole lot, as those games simultaneously reference the big modern franchises and just play to the retro novelty, saying “remember when this was a thing? That was neat.” It doesn’t really place him outside of the old retro Sega paradigm like a non-Sega fighting game would. Seeing him in anything else could mean that Sega is ready to bring his game to the mainstream again.

        Anyway, on a different note, I’m so damn happy that there’s no motorcycles in Transformed, cause that could mean that Ryo might drive in the forklift the entire time.

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